HOME Created by Geoff Sobelle Opera House; NZ Festival (March 7-11) We begin in pitch black – creator of the show, magician, actor, theatre-illusionist Geoff Sobelle appears, he builds a screen. Some people seem to find it painstaking – it’s a test of sorts. But the screen – a wooden frame with cloth stapled to […]
The Selecter & The Beat Opera House Thursday, January 25 Two tones of 2-tone bands on the one bill and it seems The Beat and The Selecter take it in turns to headline; Pauline Black bounds onto the stage, her energy palpable instantly. It’s The Selecter’s turn to start the night, it’s hot and the […]
Paul Kelly The Opera House, Wellington Thursday, November 30 It was my first time seeing Paul Kelly in a decade and a half – and what a busy time it’s been for him, particularly post-2010. Writing his memoir and putting on the series of A-Z shows seems to have him fully revitalised, in the last […]
Dianne Reeves Opera House, Wellington Friday, June 9 Dianne Reeves returned to New Zealand for this year’s Jazz Festival, first time for her wonderful band though – long-serving pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Romero Lubambo joined by the rhythm section of Reginald Veal (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums).
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 […]
Joshua Redman is coming to Wellington with his quartet, a group comprised of Aaron Goldberg on piano, Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass and Redman on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones. It’s one of many musical projects that Redman juggles; the group first started playing together “around 15 years ago”. The “reunited” Joshua Redman […]
Belinda Carlisle The Opera House Saturday, December 14 Naturally it’s the songs from the Heaven on Earth album that get the biggest cheer – early highlights being I Get Weak and Circle In The Sand but Belinda Carlisle made an effort to trace around all aspects of her career, even heading back to 1977, the […]