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Gossamer Trio

Jazz Trio - Auckland

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Gossamer Trio is an Auckland jazz band quickly establishing itself as the finest in town. With captivating vocals and fantastic instrumentalists Gossamer Trio draws on a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, blues and old-time swing and is made up of Cy Winstanley on vocals and guitar, Vanessa McGowan on double bass and Kevin Field on piano.

All members of the trio have performed extensively around New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom and are among the top jazz musicians in the country.

With over 10 years performance experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Cy Winstanley is a captivating musician with a warm and expressive vocal delivery. Influenced by a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, country and choral music, Cy’s jazz vocal style reflects his musical diversity and this wide range of influences produce an exciting and charismatic performer.

Pianist Kevin Field is a solo artist in his own right including winning Best Jazz Album of the Year in 2008 and has worked with a who’s who of NZ jazz including as Nathan Haines’ resident pianist.

Vanessa McGowan established herself on the Auckland jazz scene performing in the Rodger Fox Big Band and with vocalist Caitlin Smith before relocating to the USA to pursue her Masters degree on scholarship in 2005.
In the US she performed with many American jazz greats including Ruth Brown, Marlena Shaw and Chris Potter,  at the Lincoln Center in New York with the International Association of Jazz Education “Sisters In Jazz” Quintet and toured Costa Rica before relocating to the UK.

With a gorgeous sound, impeccable musicianship and a highly energetic performance Gossamer Trio are the perfect band for a wedding, cocktail party or corporate event.




  • I Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU, you were a real sweetie to deal with and this was reflected in the band’s music - it was simply stunning! Alyce - 9 March 2013

  • It is an absolute pleasure working with Gossamer Trio. They read the crowd and the situation well and consistently deliver a superb performance. We have used them several times now and we have had nothing but positive feedback. I would have not hesitation in recommending Gossamer Trio as a leading Jazz act. Liam Taylor | Dark Horse NZ - 23 February 2013

  • The trio were a great fit for our event. Not only did Cy and his band grasp what were trying to achieve with our event quickly, they certainly were easy to work with and completely self-managed during the event, helping to take that little bit of pressure off on the night. Needless to say, their sound was a hit and the band's charisma certainly added to the atmosphere of the evening, making it an enjoyable and memorable night. Michael Ferreira | Randstad | Corporate event 2011 - 2 June 2012

  • I hired the Gossamer Trio to provide entertainment at a function I held for 500+ Radio Network clients at the Auckland Zoo. I found them professional, reliable and they provided the perfect ambiance for the diverse family friendly audience. I had many attendees approach me for their contact info as they were so impressed. They set a great tone for the evening and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Jessica Knox | Head of Client Services & Business Marketing | The Radio Network - Auckland - 10 February 2012

  • I wanted to send you a wee thanks for playing at our wedding. We still have people commenting on you and your band and the overall atmosphere of the day. Nice work!! Hayden and Erin O'Connell (Bridgewater Est. Wedding, Feb '10) - 10 December 2011

  • Gossamer Trio were the perfect choice for delivering a sophisticated yet relaxed ambience. They provided a professional and seamless service, that we would not hesitate to recommend. New Zealand Weddings magazine - 13 October 2012

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Song List

A Certain Smile
After you’ve gone
Alone Together
Basin Street Blues
Blame It On My Youth
Bye Bye Blackbird
Careless love
Cheek To Cheek
Chega De Saudade
Devil May Care
Detour Ahead
Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
East Of Then Sun
Garota De Ipanema
Gee Baby Ain’t I Good
Honeysuckle Rose
How Insensitive
If I Only Had A Brain
If I Should Lose You
If I Were A
If You Never Come To Me
I Concentrate On You
I Get Along Without You Very Well
I’m In The Mood For Love
In The Wee Small Hours
I Loves You Porgy
Just One Of Those Things
Killing Me Softly
Let’s Fall in Love
Like Someone In Love
Little Darlin’
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Mood Indigo
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Favourite Things
My Foolish Heart
My Romance
Nature Boy
Nobody’s fault but mine
One Note Samba
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Red Top
Sleepytime Down South
Someday my princes will come
Some Other Time
Stars fell on Alabama
Stormy Weather
Surrey With A Fringe On Top
Desperate Ones
There Will Never Be Another You
The Old Country
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
They Say It’s Wonderful
Waiting In Vain
Walking After Midnight
Walk On The Wild Side
We Got Lakes
What Is This Thing Called Love
What’ll I Do
You Are There
You Do Something To Me
You Fascinate Me So
You’d be So Nice to come home to
You’re the picture (I’m the frame)

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