Jazz fes­ti­val’s live mu­sic livens up Queen’s Birth­day

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT... - By EBELE EZEPUE

The Manawatu¯ In­ter­na­tional Jazz and Blues 2018 fes­ti­val spoiled the peo­ple of Manawatu¯ with a flurry of live mu­sic choice dur­ing Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

In cel­e­brat­ing its 51st fes­ti­val for the city, which lasted from May 25 through June 4, the Manawatu¯ Jazz Club pro­vided the pub­lic with the op­por­tu­nity to see some of the most vi­brant live acts and gave prac­ti­tion­ers of jazz with an op­por­tu­nity to per­form.

Aside the paid-for the­atre per­for­mances at the Globe and Re­gent on Broad­way, the jazz cafe´ scene brought close to 120 per­form­ers to en­ter­tain the pub­lic in more than 30 bars and cafes all within walking dis­tance of the CBDs of Palmer­ston North and Feild­ing.

The cafe´ jazz scene was free to watch, leav­ing the au­di­ence with more money for wine, cof­fee and cake.

At Flavour Bistro cafe´ on Satur­day in Down­town, peo­ple warmed the seats with three hours of the Jazz Trio, fea­tur­ing Nicky Wuts on vi­bra­phone, Gino San­guinetti on keys and Matiu Whit­ing on bass.

A long-time mem­ber of the Manawatu¯ Jazz Club, Owen Rogers, said the club has been a ma­jor stake­holder in the Manawatu¯ mu­sic his­tory.

“Jazz cools the mind and takes you away from the wor­ries of life.

“Gen­er­ally, mu­sic is good, but jazz has a life of its own.”

Owen said The Globe the­atre played host to notable per­form­ers like Hopetoun Brown, Finn Sc­holes, New Zealand’s “King” of Blues, Midge Mars­den, Kevin Down­ing’s 101 Lab Band, The Big Band Bash fea­tur­ing the River City Whanganui Big Band, the Burn­side High Big Band from Christchurch, the Manawatu¯ Jazz Club Big Band, and the Swamp City Big Band.

The in­ter­na­tional con­tent of the 2018 fes­ti­val brought to New Zealand top names in jazz such as Bruce For­man, Amer­i­can blues, jazz and rock gui­tarist Robben Ford, who was named one of the “100 great­est gui­tarists of the 20th cen­tury” by Mu­si­cian mag­a­zine, as well as Ly­dia Pense, Amer­i­can rock-soul­jazz singer who since 1969 has per­formed with the band Cold Blood.

Jazz Trio, from left, Matiu Whit­ing (bass), Gino San­guinetti (keys) and Nicky Wuts (vi­bra­phone).

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