The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival is coming to Christchurch from the 24 to 28 May 2017. The festival has been providing Christchurch with great international and local performers since 1999.

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A brief history of the Jazz and Blues Festival

During the Christchurch Arts Festival of 1996 there was a cabaret season called Jazz it up. Utilising venues such as The Edge, The Harbourlight, the Blue Note Restaurant and the Dux de Lux the season featured such artists as Lee Konitz and George Golla and locals like the CPIT Jazz School Big Band.

The Montana Christchurch International Jazz Festival began in 1998 as a biennial event. The festival features national and international jazz and blues artists performing at a variety of venues around Christchurch.

Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival has a long association with Ara Music Arts (formerly CPIT Jazz School) and was formally launched the same week the Jazz School was founded. The school has been used as a venue and pupils and teachers regularly appear as performers. Jazz School staff have also acted as members of the trust.

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About the Festival
Influential Christchurch music school marks 25th anniversary, Vicki Anderson, Stuff, 21 May 2016