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.