Jazzin’ it up

The Tribune (NZ) - - THE TRIBUNE -

The 49ers are alive and jiv­ing at venues all over Manawatu this week. 49ers? It’s the 49th an­nual Manawatu In­ter­na­tional Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val opened at the weekend with the tra­di­tional Jazz On Your Feet swing dance at the Cossie Club, the free Feild­ing Cafe Scene and Ro­tary’s Youth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in as­sorted venues around Palmer­ston North..

It kicks off again tonight in the Globe The­atre with Kevin Down­ing’s 101 Lab Band and the Dave Bos­ton En­sem­ble from Hawkes Bay con­jur­ing up what has been billed as ‘‘wall to wall gui­tar heaven’’.

If the last time Linn Lork­ing and the Jews Broth­ers turned up at the fes­ti­val is any­thing to go by, Thurs­day night is look­ing hot. From klezmer to swing and then else­where, the band stars Linn on keys and vo­cals, gui­tar guru Nigel Gavin, sax­o­phon­ist ex­traor­di­naire, Neill Dun­can, with Her­shal Herker on ac­cor­dion and vo­cals, and Peter Scott on bass.

Fri­day night, the tempo changes again. Five times Grammy nom­i­nated US pian­ist and vo­cal­ist Kar­rin Allyson. de­scribed in The New York

Times as a ‘‘singer with a fe­line touch and im­pec­ca­ble in­to­na­tion’’, Kar­rin will be per­form­ing the songs of Stan Getz, Cleo Laine, Tony Ben­nett, and Woody Her­man among oth­ers in con­cert with re­turn­ing fes­ti­val favourites the Tom War­ring­ton Trio.

The three-day weekend brings Palmer­ston North’s free cafe scene to the streets, while the high school and youth band com­pe­ti­tion at­tracts tal­ented young mu­si­cal en­sem­bles from through­out the coun­try in the Re­gent on Broad­way. No ex­cuses for not coming out in sup­port – the youth com­pe­ti­tion ses­sions be­tween 9.30am – 3.30pm are free.

Book­ings for all other con­certs are through Tick­etDirect and the Re­gent on Broad­way box of­fice.

For a full jazz fes­ti­val timetable see mjc.org.nz.

US chanteuse Kar­rin Allyson turns out for the 2016 Manawatu In­ter­na­tional Jazz and Blues Fes­ti­val on Fri­day night at the Globe.

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