A special gig, for many reasons. I guess, first up, this was last year’s Jazz Festival – no international headliners (as has normally been the case) and reorganised for a different time from its original scheduling, as has been the way for arts events across the last two years now. Most get cancelled but only […]
So many gigs. I try to remember them all. And I do remember Chucho Valdés – after all it was very, very good. The Jazz Festival has done a mostly brilliant job since around 2012/13 of bringing in 3-4 international headliners doing big showcase gigs and then the small and local shows that light up […]
Simon O’Neill & Rodger Fox MFC, Wellington (3pm) Sunday, June 9 Every year, in the Sunday 3pm slot at the Jazz Festival, Rodger Fox (and his Big Band) offers up an innovative collaboration. We’ve had Rodger and band with classical pianist Michael Houstoun – they even made a record together as a result. We’ve had Fox reuniting […]
Chris Dave & The Drumhedz Opera House, Wellington (7pm) Sunday, June 10 Chris “Daddy” Dave and his Drumhedz closed out the Wellington Jazz Festival’s main events for 2018. And it was a celebration – at least for the most part.
John Beasley’s MONK’estra Opera House, Wellington (8pm) Saturday, June 9 John Beasley’s MONK’estra is a big band dedicated to playing the music of pianist/composer Thelonious Monk and for this performance the core of the America group was augmented by some local players including Rodger Fox and members from his jazz orchestra.
Following the earlier announcement of headliners, The Wayne Shorter Quartet, the Wellington Jazz Festival’s full line-up for 2016 has now been revealed. Further headliners include vocalist Karrin Allyson with the Tom Warrington Trio and NZSM Big Band, the father of Ethiopian jazz – Mulatu Astatke with Black Jesus Experience, the dynamic Snarky Puppy and one […]
During the New Zealand Festival we get a clue about the upcoming Jazz Festival. This year the news is that Wayne Shorter (and his quartet, featuring the incredible Brian Blade) will be performing at Wellington’s Opera House on June 8. Shorter, Blade, John Patitucci and Danilo Perez will put on an incredible show, Shorter, 82, […]