The Residentz

The Residentz: Auckland's Premier Blues, Jazz and Contemporary Dance Trio.

The Residentz: an Auckland-based guitar trio Guitar, Bass and Drums.

The trio: Guitar/Vocals, Bass, Drums
supplemented by guest musicians.
Four-piece: Trio plus female vocalist
Five-Piece: Trio plus Brass - Saxophone, trumpet
Six-Piece: trio plus brass and keyboards
Seven piece: Trio, brass, keyboards and guest vocalist
Eight-piece: Trio, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, keyboards and guest singer
Ten-piece: Trio, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, keyboards and guest singer with two backing vocalists
Fourteen-piece: Trio, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, keyboards and guest singer with two backing vocalists and string quartet

The Residentz would be pleased to a different combination of the above to suit, always dependent of course on the availability of the musicians on the dates you choose.

Guitar-player, singer and Musical Director Stephen Galvin. Running a music studio from central Auckland he has actively taught thousands of Aucklanders to play music on guitar, singing and bass and has taught thousands of songs from contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country genres and classical music. With the Stevie G Band he fronted and presented his showcases at the Russian Club in Newmarket for over six years, featuring local singers and instrumentalists. With The Residentz, Trevor Thwaites, in Crystal Silence, Take Three, Prohibition Big Band, countless gigs and sessions, his musical credentials are impressive, having performed with the best of local jazz and pop musicians, for over two decades.

Commanding attention from the throne of percussion, Neil Stewart is a musical genius and veteran of epic New Zealand bands [Alien Blade, Slam, Take Note, Stevie G Band]. Blessed with an extraordinary sense of rhythm and time, and prodigious memory he combines with skill and technique from the studio to lay down the backbeat of this entertaining and brilliant musical thriller and create an epic experience of sheer awesomeness.

Benedict Hagar – Bass and heart throb of musical soul, Benedict knows music inside out. From funk-laced jazz-rock grooves like Katherine to four-on-the-floor running jazz, this master of the groove, redefines the bass for a new generation. Imagine Jaco Pastorious on steroids, combined with the logical taste of James James Jamerson, the thundering groove of Max Stowers, and, when needed the background warmth of good, harmonic bass-playing, Ben holds the band together in a laid-back cohesion of style and quiet fire.

The Residentz – the Auckland-based guitar trio are now booking for 2017.

“People go out and listen to music, eat, drink, talk, dance and go home satisfied after hearing real musicians. People to come to our gigs, are entertained and leave with a smile on their face” –Stephen Galvin

In the tradition of the resident club and restaurant bands of the 70s and 80s The Residentz combine superlative musicianship with a core repertoire of grooves, hits, and the best music ever made, supplemented by guest musicians.
“We are inspired by local musicians like Madison Cooper, Dave Dobbyn, Kara Gordon, Denis Hepi, Lorde, Peter Reilly, Russian artist Elena Stejko, Billy TK Junior, Gin Wigmore and so many others to create a quality music experience that is uplifting, fun, and seriously good from the first note to the last spectacular finish.”


  • Summertime
  • Route 66
  • Stormy Monday
  • Confirmation
  • Lets Get Lost
  • Afternoon In Paris
  • Unchained Melody
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • Black Orpheus
  • Ne Me Quitte Pas
  • Antonios Song
  • Summer Wind
  • In The Midnight Hour
  • Miserlou
  • Wave
  • Thats Wife
  • Where Were You
  • Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
  • Swing
  • On A Clear Day
  • Everybodys Talking
  • The Wind Cries Mary
  • Down On the Corner
  • Dark Matter
  • Evil Ways
  • Summer
  • Moondance
  • Black Magic Woman
  • Into The Mystic
  • Imagine
  • Whats Going On
  • Sir Duke F
  • Aint No Sunshine
  • Affirmation
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
  • Harbour Lights
  • Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
  • One More Cup Of Coffee
  • Hotel California
  • Katherine
  • Dance Me To The End Of Love
  • Sultans Of Swing
  • Every Breath You Take
  • Why Does Love Do This To Me?
  • Mary Had A Little Lamb
  • Losing My Religion
  • Lets Dance
  • Walk Of Life
  • Tears In Heaven
  • Bad Case Of Loving You
  • Layla
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Make You Feel My Love
  • Just What I Needed
  • Valerie
  • Sway
  • Fusion
  • Smooth
  • Too Young to Be Unhappy
  • Things Have Changed
  • Mind The Gaps
  • Lay Down Sally
  • Happy
  • Standing On Top Of The World
  • Love Yourself
  • Stand By Me
  • and more...

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