An incredible journey: Avantdale Bowling Club
West Auckland rapper Tom Scott brings his jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to Wellington Jazz Festival this November
Described by Radio13 as “an incredible journey of jazz, rap, soul, and spoken word”, Avantdale Bowling Club is coming to Wellington perform a much-anticipated show as a headline act for this year's Wellington Jazz Festival.
After performing sell-out shows around the country, Tom Scott is looking forward to performing in the capital. “I know Wellington is our country’s bastion for the genre so I hope we can do something that adds to, or at least interrupts, the legacy of the art form. We’ll be playing extended improvised versions of the first record as well as experimenting with new material from our second album out next year,” says Scott.
Influenced by the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, with sounds of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, Scott describes his latest album as “a self-help book addressed to myself” that was “made to be played live”.
Joined by a line-up of some of the country’s top musicians including Tonga Vaea, Guy Harrison, JY Lee, Ben Turua and Julien Dyne, Scott’s “turn-on-a-pin rhythmic cadence” (Metromag) and his “brutally honest, startlingly raw” lyrics (NZ Herald) will bring you the best night of live music you’ll have this year.
The album, a hugely ambitious and largely autobiographical work of jazz and hip-hop, arrived after many people thought Scott had had his turn