The Trio consists of piano bass and drums, and can be extended to a quartet with the addition of a saxophone and or a vocalist. This is the format that won both the 2003 and 2005 NZ Music Awards “TUI” for “Best Jazz Album”.

For the slightly larger function – weddings, corporate and civic events, private parties, - or in “performance” mode for jazz festivals or performance venues.

For light music the group plays a selection of smooth jazz and Latin standards, and can stay in the background and/or play more upbeat for dancing or a livelier vibe.

All the performers have extensive experience in the music industry, including radio, television, commercial recordings, live performances at Jazz Festivals and prestigious events at Government House, Te Papa, St Andrews-on-the-Terrace, the Beehive, wedding venues in Wellington and the Wairarapa.

View a clip of the Kevin Clark Trio: Some of These Days on Youtube

Vocalist Fran Barton and Kevin Clark first teamed up in the 1970s performing at a top Fine Dining restaurant for several years before becoming household names as the result of the weekly Brian Edwards “On Saturday” television show. 

Photograph - Sal Criscillo

An album of music from the show was released and was extremely popular. The original "On Saturday" vinyl is now a sought after collectors' item. It was re-issued recently as a CD "Don't You Feel My Leg" -including some more recent recordings. More television appearances followed on Happen Inn, Just Jazz, as well as live performances at Jazz Festivals at Tauranga, Wellington and Palmerston North. Her repertoire is flexible, ranging from smooth to hot in the styles of Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Louis Prima style jump swing, a large dose of humorous jazz, to classic Latin Hits, plus dance music from the Beatles to Disco and some good olí Rock Ďní Roll. She appears regularly at venues and events with the group in the Wellington area.

A recently released CD "The Gentleman is a Dope" has received four star reviews from major newspapers.

View a clip of Fran & the Kevin Clark Group on Youtube

Sample repertoire:

Lets Fall in Love

Orange Coloured Sky

Straighten up and Fly Right

Walkin’ My Baby back Home

My Blue Heaven

ust a Gigilo


What a Difference a Day made

Light my Fire

Proud Mary

Can't Buy Me Love

I Will Survive