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.

Wellington Jazz Festival

When

3 – 7 Jun 2020

Location

Various locations

Postponed till late 2020

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.

From mainstage concerts to an intimate performance in a cosy craft beer bar, this winter in Welly we’re all about that jazz.

Over five days more than 100 gigs will be held across the city with performances by some of music’s finest international and national artists. 

Wellington Jazz Festival 2018 Mingus Ensemble please credit Stephen ACourt HB4725

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.

Wellington Jazz Festival Ghost Note HERO Image colour Vogue Theatre Indpls. Indiana c Keith Griner
Wellington Jazz Festival 2019 Alicia HERO Image c supplied by artist
Wellington Jazz Festival 2019 HerbieHancock 2 credit Douglas Kirkland

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 

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