Wellington Jazz Festival

The capital’s streets are set to hum as the city gets ready to host its biggest ever jazz festival in June, with more than 150 gigs at 45 venues, 250 jazz musicians and thousands of live music fans.

The Wellington Jazz festival returns 7-11 June 2017 with a stellar cast of international musicians, from guitar great Bill Frisell, who is said to play guitar “like Miles Davis played trumpet” to The Comet is Coming who will bring their inimitable psychedelic fusion of electronica and Afro-beats as they play homage science fiction and outer space.

Make some soul time with one of the most-award female jazz vocalist of our time Dianne Reeves, a sultry and soulful storyteller, her unique jazz stylings reflect a pure and heart-felt love of music. From R&B to pop, folk and rock -she owns them all with her lush, crystal-clear voice.

Globe-trotting Cuban charmer Harold López-Nussa Trio, brings an upbeat evening of hot Cuban rhythms, come sway the night away, and feel the energetic rhythms and magical melodies of this next big-thing. A classical piano prodigy and Cuban National Symphony Orchestra soloist, López-Nussa made a late switch to jazz and has never looked back. Catch the jazz beat with one of the world’s greatest living drummers,

Dave Weckls’ ensemble cast featuring Grammy Award-winning Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay. Another international highlight during the five-day Festival is the exciting world premiere of Seoul Jazz, a unique music collaboration between home-town jazz act The Jac and South Korea’s Black String.

Families and foodies are in for a treat too with the return of the jazz-themed Wellington Night Market on lower Cuba Street on Saturday 10 June, and the Festival’s ‘Jazz Bites’ partnerships with top restaurants and bars mean plenty of specials on food and drink throughout the Festival, such as ‘A Kind of Blue’ pizza at The Third Eye and the ‘French Seoul’ cocktail at Foxglove.

Full programme details can be found at www.jazzfestival.co.nz

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