The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival is on in Christchurch from Thursday 30 May to Monday 3 June 2019.

The Festival reports:

The headlining act this year is multi Grammy award winning jazz pianist Billy Childs, performing with his quartet in the newly revamped (and stunning) James Hay Theatre on 1 June. Midge Marsden is the special guest for another great night in the James Hay on 31 May when he’ll join Harry Harrison and some of New Zealand’s best blues musicians for a once in a lifetime showcase of classic blues. Blue Smoke at the Tannery has a great line up of shows, Jazz Dine returns for one night only and The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts hosts another wonderful series of festival evening and lunchtime concerts including American jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki who recorded the entire Thelonious Monk songbook on solo guitar to great acclaim, Christchurch’s own Adam McGrath, Naomi Ferguson and Oval Office with guest Victor Hawkins-Sulfa and Tribalincs.

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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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