New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival Returns to Christchurch in May

Friday 7 April 2017

New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival Returns to Christchurch in May

One of New Zealand’s longest-running music festivals is coming back to Christchurch next month with new venues and a feast of talent.

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival runs from 24 to 28 May with 31 performances at 10 venues across Christchurch, including new venue The Piano.

Headlining this year’s festival is American jazz great Kenny Barron with his trio. He will be playing two shows at The Piano on 26 and 27 May.

Irish blues and jazz guitarist Jimmy Smyth will appear at the festival for first time this year. He will be joining another Irish favourite Mary Coughlan, as well as performing a solo show.

Talented singer/songwriter Anna Coddington is playing with big band Oval Office in the festival’s Blue Smoke series at The Tannery. Acclaimed country and blues singer Tami Neilson and her band play for one night in the Charles Luney Auditorium, and The Waiheke International Soul Orchestra perform in the Blue Smoke series.

The ever-popular Jazz Dine is back at The George and Hotel Montreal with two nights of soulful music, matched with fine food and Black Estate wines on 24 and 25 May.

Other highlights this year include Jazz for Lunch at The Piano, and an impressive four-hour band concert when over 100 of Christchurch’s top high school jazz musicians perform at Christ’s College on 27 May.

The five-day Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival runs from Wednesday 24 May until Sunday 28 May.

Tickets on sale now.