“Pop-Up” @ the Dish

The Dunedin Jazz Club has partnered with Petridish at 8 Stafford Street to present a series of informal monthly concerts at the Dish Cafe. These events are designed to promote local acts in a more intimate setting; however, touring artists may still feature at these events.

Next Event:

Friday March 31 – Mike Gaches Quartet

You may not have heard of the name Mike Gaches, but chances are, you have probably heard the sound of his trumpet. The truth is, Mike has been playing lead trumpet for the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra since 2017, but few are aware that Mike has a long history in the United States as a lead trumpet player with College Big Bands. Those who have heard him will know he plays high, fast and loud in Big Bands but can also be mellow, warm and bluesy in a small combo context (remember his flugelhorn playing in the Birth of the Cool concert at Hanover Hall?). 

Thanks to the DJC’s new “Pop-Up” venue at the Dish, Mike now gets the chance to show what he can really do as a band leader of the Mike Gaches Quartet, picking his own tunes and showcasing the full range of melody, rhythmic and dynamic ability. For this gig he will be teaming up with Bill Martin, Craig Sinclair and Erik Dekker: this is a completely new band for the Dunedin jazz scene, which opens up many new possibilities for improvisation, with Martin’s flair on the keyboard combined with Sinclair’s experience on the double bass and Dekker’s youthful enthusiasm and drumming technique. 

Repertoire will include a range of bebop, funk and jazz standards performed by players such as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventfinda for $16 (including booking fee) or $20 cash on the door. Concessions are $10 for students / unwaged / children.

Timing: 6pm Doors Open, 7pm Set One, 8pm Set Two, 9pm finish.


Mike Gaches: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bill Martin: keyboard
Craig Sinclair: Double Bass
Erik Dekker: drums

April 21: Jazz Alchemy with Cliff Leatherbarrow

Queenstown guitarist and producer Cliff Leatherbarrow brings his band to Dunedin to perform a mix of his original compositions and standards at the Dish cafe. Cliff performs with Michael White (double bass), Alex Yevstifeev (saxophones) and Will McClure (drums)

5 May: Jack Ta Quartet

Local piano prodigy Jack Ta faces off with trombonist William Kao from Christchurch. These two musicians are fast building a reputation for being extremely talented improvisers and arrangers. They are joined by drummer Abe Baillie (Wellington) and double bassist John Dodd for this special one-off gig.

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