The Auckland Jazz Festival is back for 2016, with great jazz and improvised music to take place from 12-23 October across Auckland.
Co-ordinated by CJC Creative Jazz Club Aoteaora, for 12 days the festival expands to be truly Auckland-wide, partnering with venues from Howick to Riverhead, Devonport to Titirangi, and of course many central city locations.
As well as returning key partner venues CJC, now at The Albion, The Vic Theatre, LOT23, The Golden Dawn and Hallertau, the festival is working in new partnerships with the Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre and The Titirangi Festival of Music, and the Rockshop’s Backbeat Bar, Neck of The Woods and The Esplanade Hotel, to introduce new audiences to the festival, and take great music to excellent venues around our city.
Collaboration between international visitors and local artists is a strong theme this year with concerts by The Rodger Fox FunkBone Experience featuring DeWayne Pateand Dave Mathews from the USA, German pianist Florian Ross with the powerhouse trio of Roger Manins, Ron Samsom and Olivier Holland, Italian violinist Luca Ciarla working with Carolina Moon and Nigel Gavin, Sydney pianist Matt McMahon with drummer Reuben Bradley (wgtn) and Cameron McArthur, and returning to NZ the international collaboration between New Caledonian organ impresario Michel Benebig and USA jazz guitar legend Carl Lockett.
Many more local luminaries are featured in the festival including Nathan Haines, Jonathan Crayford, Jennifer Zea, Dan Sperber’s Spammerz, Miho Wada, Reuben Bradley, Lewis McCallum and more.
Keep an eye out on www.aucklandjazzfestival.co.nz soon, as event details are announced over the coming weeks.
Released Today - Friday 12th May - is “Just Another Lover”, the second single to be taken from the forthcoming Church EP featuring the stunning standout vocals of Babyshakes' Siobhan Leilani and Chelsea Prastiti.
The Wellington Jazz Festival will be home to the New Zealand Jazz Awards in 2017, where the winners of the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Album and the APRA Best Jazz Composition will be announced on 11 June.
Kamasi Washington today debuts his first new music since the release of his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic.
By James Whitlock
Artist: Snarky Puppy
Date / Venue: Thursday April 6th, 2017 - The Powerstation, Auckland
After mind-blowing contemporary jazz legends Snarky Puppy finish their set at the Powerstation on April 6, the party continues on to Neck of the Woods where members of the Grammy winning band will set up and continue playing into the night
New Zealand singer-songwriter Anna Hawkins has announced the release of her colourful new album 'Bold, Brave & Beautiful' for March 10th.
Snarky Puppy bring a night of horn-hollering soul hooks, floor-shaking beats and punchy jazz improv to Auckland’s Powerstation on Thursday 6th April.
Xylouris White, the duo of Dirty Three drummer Jim White and Cretan lute player George Xylouris will make their debut New Zealand performance with a show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Wednesday 8 March 2017.
By Poppy Tohill
Released Friday October 14th, 2016 - Mascot
Performing since 1968, Tower of Power (or TOP for short) originated in Oakland California and have delivered their own brand of funky rhythms and driving grooves to fans across the world.