Tauranga gearing up for National Jazz Festival

Performers at the 2019 National Youth Jazz Festival in Tauranga. Photos: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Tauranga City will come alive in June as it hosts the Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival.

Showcasing performances from some of the best jazz musicians in New Zealand, the festival will present a fantastic programme of events in Tauranga at Matariki week – June 20-26.

There's something for everyone, from world-class jazz concerts at the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, the two-day 44th National Youth Jazz Competition, our very own Jazz Cafe & VIP Bar, the high energy Hurricane Party, the two-day Downtown Carnival jazz party in city bars and restaurants, Jazz at the Mount on Matariki, and a swinging Big Band Tea Dance.

“We have eight shows in our Baycourt Concert Series which are sure to please everyone that loves music with a themed programme of music from Jazz greats,” says festival manager Marc Anderson.

“As part of the National Jazz Festival concert series, Midge Marsden and his band will be in the Addison Theatre Wednesday, June 22, with Mandy Meadows and Chris Williamson performing tunes of Ella Fitzgerald and her guitarist Joe Pass, ’Ella and Joe’ on the same evening in the X-Space theatre.

“Caitriona Fallon, former lead vocalist for Riverdance and star of Tarnished Frocks and Divas, and her band will host her show - "Eva - The songs of Eva Cassidy" in the X-Space Theatre, and the Tauranga Big Band will be performing ‘Black and Gold’ in th Addison Theatre on Thursday, June 23.”

Friday, June 24, sees "Love Miles and Chet" - music from two of the greatest trumpet plays ever to walk this earth, performed by the sensation Geoff Culverwell with Des Mallon on drums, Paul Dyne of Bass and Duncan Haines on Keys in the X-space.

Marc says the one and only Rodger Fox will be leading - "Frank meets Peggy with the sound of the Count Basie Orchestra", featuring the delightful Erna Ferry and the very talented Mr Eugene Wolfin in the Addison Theatre.

“On Saturday, June 25, the festival is delighted to announce that Ali Harper’s ’The Look of Love - songs from Burt Bacharach, will show in the Addison Theatre, while emerging original jazz at its best, with the Joe Kaptein Quartet will excite their audience with grand bacharachian orchestration and cosmic mid-70’s funk, jazz and pop in the X-space - information about the Baycourt Concert Series can be found at Baycourt.co.nz and ticketek.co.nz.”

The National Youth Jazz Competition is hosted by Tauranga Jazz Society and showcases the very best emerging jazz players from secondary schools across New Zealand.

The competition is held annually as part of the National Jazz Festival at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga.

Marc says the competition is open to all secondary school students.

The students compete as combos and Big Bands for trophies, prizes and awards.

For more information visit www.nationalyouthjazz.org.nz

So much to explore and experience – bring your family and friends for a Tauranga jazz adventure.

For more information visit ww.jazz.org.nz
“Think Music. Think Tauranga.”


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