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.