The Band is led by Chris Mason-Battley on Saxophones and vocals. After leaving the successful Jazz-Funk band 'Blue Train' in 1994 to spend a year and a half playing and absorbing music in Europe, Chris returned to New Zealand looking to form a band to develop the musical ideas he had been working on in Europe.
Over the next couple of years Chris built the band up, enlisting the different band members as they met and found common musical ground.
The band is now a 5 piece featuring:
Chris writes: "It's great working with such talented musicians. We do a lot of corporate and private function work which gives us the opportunity to play together regularly, performing a wide range of jazz-oriented music, developing our sound and playing original material."
well as the corporate and private work, the Chris Mason-Battley Group
regularly performs at a range of music events such as: The Americas
Cup Village Entertainment, Music in Parks (Auckland City Council),
Montana Winter Jazz Series, Parachute Music Festival, and at
live Jazz venues in Auckland and beyond.
the band's first album was another step ahead for the band in developing
its sound. 'Karakia' was recorded in October 1999 and released at the
Parachute Extreme Music