10pm Wednesday 6 June
Wellington based neo-soul singer Yayné and the highly accredited Leo Coghini on keys and bass, come together to perform songs from her debut E.P ‘Simple Pleasure’ and other unreleased originals, bringing you a night of stripped-back, sultry sounds.
Ant Donaldson Rants
6pm Thursday 7 June
Widely recognised as one of New Zealand's best free jazz drummers of his generation, Ant is a virtual encyclopedia when it comes to jazz.
shades of shakti
8pm thursday 7 june
Shades of Shakti explores the fusion of classical India music and jazz made popular by John McLaughlin and Shakti. This unique concert brings together some of Wellington's finest musicians, Justin Firefly Clark, Tristan Carter, Thomas Friggens and guests.
10pm thursday 7 june
Stretchfoot takes us on a journey deep into the soul of what is now a now 20-year phenomenon. During the recession of the early nineties, dance music producers dug out a six-second break from the drum solo of GC Coleman on Amen, Brother by The Winstons. Extraordinary yet unruly, this organic old-school beat injected energy into both dancefloor culture and dispirited communities with its fierce and provocative power. Now, as civilisation languishes once again under unsympathetic regimes, an urgency to unite, empower and edify existence is reawakening a rhythmic rebellion. However, this time the revolution is being commandeered by a radical troop of musical guerrillas.
callum allardice quintet
6pm friday 8 june
2016 and 2017 Jazz Composition of the year winner Callum Allardice teams up with long time collaborator Jake Baxendale to debut some fresh new compositions. Joining them are local jazz mavericks Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa and Leonardo Coghini, as well as award winning bassist Thomas Botting.
8pm friday 8 june
Ray wondered how long? Ray wandered in song. Ray skipped to the beat, and made friends in the street. Ray passed the time, for she could tell by the rhyme, each day by the way, is one less til the Three Rays play...
Electronic synth stomp blues featuring: Dayle Jellyman, Tyson Smith and Darren Mathiassen
10pm friday 8 june
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein
A perfect festival choice: The Labcoats have been around for ten years BUT they have only done seven gigs (choosey) but have produced two fine recordings. Everything they do is epic.
Sulco d'Alma feat. rachel fraser
midnight Friday 8 June
Sulco d’Alma are a Wellington based samba funk band with a groove which draws deep from the syncopated lures of latin america. They pull a strong influence from prolific artist such as Azymuth and Gene Harris. They are joined, once again, by Rachel Fraser and her wonderful voice on this auspicious occasion. The core group is comprised of 5 members, including, Jacqui Nyman on bass, Jules Blewman on Guitar, Ayrton Foote on keys and Andreas Lepper on percussion. They are lead by drummer, Thomas Friggens, who formed the band in 2015. Since their formation, Sulco d’Alma have developed a unique and hypnotic live performance which captures the skill and sensitivity of these talented musicians. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them perform live.
4pm Saturday 9 June
A crowd favourite, and intentional cause of widespread controversy, Duelling Pianos is the musical equivalent of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Jazz gunslingers both, Ben Wilcox and Dayle Jellyman go head to head in a ‘two men enter, one man leaves’ deathmatch with referee John Rae on drums making sure no one plays by the rules…
Caro Manins La Luna & the Gadjos
6pm Saturday 9 June
La Luna & the Gadjos are New Zealand's premier vocal French gypsy band and combine traditional Manouche and Chanson songs such as 'La Vie en Rose,' 'J'attendrais,' 'Douce Ambiance,' and 'L'accordeoniste,' with classic swing numbers such as 'Puttin on the Ritz' and 'Swing Brother Swing.
Festival All Stars Big Band Play the Music of Benny Goodman
8pm Saturday 9 June
"After you've done all the work and prepared as much as you can, what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time." Benny Goodman
Festival All Star Big Band back by popular demand after last years sell out show. Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the 'King of Swing.' In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. Join us in a celebration of his life and music with the Festival All-Star Big Band back by popular demand after last year's sell-out show…
10pm Saturday 9 June
"Dance isn't a form it's a way of life” - John Key
What better way to end an evening of jazz than to dance till you drop with festival favourites the Jive Monsters playing a collection of classic 1940's swing and jump blues songs. Initially performed by musicians such as Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway. Bring your dancing shoes for a performance of unbridled joy!
BREKKY BOY & FRIENDS
MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 9 JUNE
A late-night jam featuring members of Brekky Boy throwing down in the unique way that Bondi boys do. Get ready for a night of twinkling keys, cascading bass and tidal drums.
4pm Sunday 10 June
Featuring four of the best pianist performing at the festival each playing a solo slot. This epic event is a must-see for all lovers of piano music and jazz.
Anton Wuts and the Orchestrators
6pm Sunday 10 June
From the 21st birthday bash of bebop to free jazz, funk dumplings and beyond, the Orchestrators will take you on a clandestine campaign of musical mutopia. Everything you always wanted to know about modern jazz but were afraid to hear…
John Rae's AH UM
8pm Sunday 10 June
After a sell-out performance at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2017, Rae brings the show to Wellington and puts together a special band to pay homage to Charles Mingus. The drummer's madcap exhortations and magpie instincts for classy swing, bop licks, romantic melody, and free jazz make him a natural for Mingus' music.
Margo Wuts quintet
10pm Sunday 10 June
Join one of New Zealand’s finest jazz singers Margot Wuts with her all star band comprising of musicians from around New Zealand for a night of jazz vocals at it’s finest. For lovers of the jazz vocal tradition, this one is not to be missed!
LATE NIGHT SESSIONS FINALE
11PM SUNDAY 10 JUNE
As the sun sets on Wellington Jazz Festival, bruised fingers, chapped lips and raw instruments are called upon one last time to howl out at the cruelty of existence through the power of a penultimate jazz jam session. One final throw down, as the best of the Fest meets up under the waning crescent to play jazz late into the night.
To exhaust the last notes of the Festival, to collapse lungs, burst blisters and slap and snap strings. Where you expect jazz to collapse in on itself, it remains standing. To play again next year.