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Find your jazz hot spot at the Wellington Jazz Festival, 7-11 June.

From a sold-out crowd to a cosy booth for two, the cool capital comes out to play at this mid-winter musical feast. Get a soul-warming fix of bar-hopping, head-bopping good times with your choice of 100 gigs in five days.

Featuring the magical live sound of some of music’s finest national and international artists, it’s a high note of the Aotearoa music calendar. Come make a weekend of it!

Headline Acts

Bill Frisell

Experience the quicksilver sound of “guitar genius” (SPIN magazine) Bill Frisell, performing his first-ever New Zealand show. This understated musical chameleon and shining light of Americana is “the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years” (The Wall Street Journal).

Dianne Reeves

Make some soul time with once-in-a-lifetime talent 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.

The Comet is Coming

Brace for impact as these futuristic space-jazz pioneers get set to hit Wellington. Fusing jazz, Afro-beat and electronica, The Comet is Coming are your Saturday night soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse, with members Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down), Danalogue and Betamax your cosmic guides.

Harold López-Nussa Trio

Globe-trotting Cuban charmer Harold López-Nussa brings the heat in this upbeat Festival closer. A classical piano prodigy and Cuba National Symphony Orchestra soloist, López-Nussa made a late switch to jazz and has never looked back. He’s since collaborated with musical legends Chucho Valdés and the Buena Vista Social Club, and been picked up by New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival.

Seoul Jazz: The Jac & Black String

Wellington meets world jazz in this exciting international premiere. Cheer on home-town jazz heroes The Jac as they’re joined by South Korea’s Black String in the culmination of a year-long collaboration. This powerful night of in-the-moment magic melds Black String’s electrifying and explosive play on Korean musical traditions with the cinematic sound of these award-winning New Zealand talents.

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