Gigs all over the city at Wellington Jazz Festival
Warm your soul and find your jazz groove this winter as incredible live music and good times fill our city’s streets and bars at this annual musical feast.
3 – 7 Jun 2020
Postponed till late 2020
Wellington Jazz Festival 2019
2019's festival featured a diverse line-up headlined by the one and only Grammy Award-winning jazz legend himself, Herbie Hancock. In his Stuff review Colin Morris called Hancock's concert "A contender for concert of the year." We didn't check back in with Colin to see if another concert surpassed Herbie Hancock, but we can guess that it probably made his top 10.
Explosive funk ensemble Ghost-Notes brought their seductive danceable grooves and contagious feel-good energy with a gig at Michael Fowler Centre. Wellington audiences were mesmerised by the exquisite and captivating vocals of mezzo-soprano, Alicia Olatuja and gripped by the distinctive sounds of ground-breaking trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire with a powerful performance of his genre-defying music that intersects the circles of hip-hop and classical music.
2019's festival featured some homegrown talent with the return of festival favourite Rodger Fox Big Band and a festival-only collaboration between New Zealand jazz trumpeter and composer, Lex French and Montreal-based jazz composer and saxophonist, Christine Jensen.
The line-up of acts — international headliners to yet-to-be-discovered avant garde combos — shows jazz is a coat of many colours, with hard bop and funk; swing and easy listening; soulful vocals and rhythm and blues... — yes — psychedelic pop.
Mark Dawson on Wellington Jazz Festival 2018, Whanganui Chronicle