The Wellington Jazz Festival returns, 6–10 June 2018, to host an exciting line up of modern jazz greats, including six-time Grammy Award–winner and Director of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride. Jazz bassist McBride, who has collaborated with heavyweights from Sting to James Brown, will bring his talented new quartet Christian McBride’s New Jawn to open the Festival in style on Wednesday 6 June at the Opera House.
One of the world’s hottest big bands is also set to descend on the capital when John Beasley’s MONK’estra, an innovative tribute to jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, takes over the Opera House on Saturday 9 June. A pianist, arranger and music director on American Idol, John Beasley started his all-star 15-piece big band to bring to life fresh arrangements inspired by the musical spirit of jazz giant, Thelonious Monk. With a handful of New Zealand musicians joining MONK’estra for the concert, this one-nighter will be something special.
Fans of sultry vocals are sure to be charmed by Gretchen Parlato’s “flor”. A Californian native turned regular on the New York jazz scene, Parlarto has made appearances on more than 50 albums, and has recorded two critically acclaimed vocal albums, 2009’s In a Dream and 2011’s The Lost and Found. Parlato’s eclectic repertoire spans across Latin and Brazilian influences to R&B and Pop, and her voice is often compared with that of Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall. Catch Parlato and her band at the Opera House on Friday 9 June.
Rolling Stone magazine declared him one of the “100 great drummers of all time”, and he appears on Adele’s 21 and D’Angelo’s Black Messiah. Chris “Daddy” Dave, known for his explosive stickwork across jazz, gospel, rock, R&B and hip-hop genres, has just released his first album, Chris Dave and The Drumhedz featuring collaborations with Anderson Paak, SiR and more. Dave and The Drumhedz play Wellington Jazz Festival Sunday 10 June.