Jazzin’ it up
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.