Top line-up at Manawatu jazz fes­ti­val


A jazz singer nom­i­nated for four Gram­mys has been en­ticed to Palmer­ston North from New York to star in the Manawatu In­ter­na­tional Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val which runs from May 27 to June 6.

While the glit­ter­ing event is the Jazz Gala, fea­tur­ing Holly Smith, Mark Wil­liams, Deb­bie Har­wood, Erna Ferry and the Rodger Fox Big Band at the Re­gent on Broad­way, on Satur­day June 4, the fes­ti­val line-up in­cludes out­stand­ing artists from both New Zealand and over­seas.

Kar­rin Allyson is a vo­cal­ist/pi­anist with a fol­low­ing of jazz afi­ciona­dos through­out the United States who en­joy her in­ter­pre­ta­tion of jazz stan­dards and her own orig­i­nal reper­toire.

Kar­rin is per­form­ing at The Globe on Fri­day June 3 at 8pm, sup­ported by the in­com­pa­ra­ble Tom War­ring­ton Trio.

The trio of Tom War­ring­ton (bass), Larry Koonse (gui­tar) and Joe La Bar­bera (drums) are in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cians in their own right who’ve played with top bands and vo­cal­ists such as Buddy Rich, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Tony Ben­nett, Cleo Laine and Bill Evans.

An­other ma­jor at­trac­tion is Linn Lorkin and The Jews Broth­ers with sax­o­phon­ist, Neill Dun­can. Linn en­joyed suc­cess in the US cabaret scene and has re­turned to Auck­land to con­tinue per­form­ing her dis­tinc­tive mix of Euro­pean, Jewish and Gypsy.

Linn and her group will be cel­e­brat­ing their 20th year. They per­form on Thurs­day June 2 at The Globe.

As part of the fes­ti­val Kevin Down­ing prom­ises wall-to-wall gui­tar heaven. Kevin’s a top gui­tar teacher in Palmer­ston North and his 101 Lab Band num­bers close to 20 plus bass gui­tar and drums.

‘‘If you’re into big band gui­tar sound, then this gig is for you. It’s a blend of jazz stan­dards, blues and rock,’’ Rodger Fox says.

Kevin’s Lab Band and the Dave Bos­ton En­sem­ble per­form on Wed­nes­day June 1 at The Globe.

The big band sound con­tin­ues with the Manawatu Jazz Club. The club, which cel­e­brates its 50th birthday this year, is pre­sent­ing The Big Band Blast. To demon­strate their en­dur­ing skill their Big Swing Band will per­form on Sun­day June 5 at The Globe.

To­gether with The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band, they’ll take their au­di­ence down a nos­tal­gia high­way when they recre­ate the era of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James.

In ad­di­tion to the All Saints Jazz Ser­vice at St An­drews Pres­by­te­rian Church on Sun­day June 5 from 5-6pm and the Fes­ti­val Round-Up Con­cert fea­tur­ing two of the re­gion’s best known pi­ano play­ers, Ian McLaugh­lan and Colin Egling­ton on Sun­day, June 5 at The Globe, Rodger Fox has ar­ranged a schools’ com­pe­ti­tion at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Satur­day June 4, where about 15 bands from Tau­ranga to Welling­ton, will com­pete for prizes.

‘‘None of this could hap­pen with­out the fes­ti­val re­ceiv­ing sup­port from the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity,’’ Rodger says.

Amer­i­can vo­cal­ist/pi­anist Kar­rin Allyson who’s per­form­ing at the Manawatu In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val.

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