Cafe scene is vital part of jazz festival
While many of our top jazz musicians will entertain from the stage, about 100 others will bring jazz to the public while they’re enjoying a trim flat white or English breakfast.
The cafe scene has become an integral part of the Manawatu Jazz Festival and, for the 50th anniversary event, a total of 30 groups will perform 37 gigs over two weekends.
Resulting from Broadway Radiology’s sponsorship, the cafe scene has become a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience jazz while enjoying breakfast or lunch at one of the city’s many cafes.
It also allows musicians to relax over a coffee or tea and listen to the talent of other jazz performers.
Manawatu Jazz Club president David Edge says the cafe scene is a vital ingredient as it takes jazz out of the theatres and into the community where it first originated.
‘‘It adds vibrancy to Palmerston North and makes the city’s event unique in New Zealand,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s become such a sought after part of the festival that nearly half the musicians come here from the lower North Island to perform and enjoy the vibrancy of the city.
‘‘It demonstrates the popularity of jazz in the New Zealand scene.’’
Artistic Director Rodger Fox says the 50th Manawatu Jazz Festival has been organised so the whole community can be involved in the jazz scene.
‘‘For the price of a cup of coffee, local people can experience highquality jazz and blues,’’ he says.
‘‘We’re hoping this appetiser will be the incentive to attend one or more of the major performances.’’
Already musicians performed from 11am to 11pm over two days in Feilding last weekend and now the cafe scene moves to Palmerston North this weekend where jazz groups will play gigs throughout the city.
Broadway Radiology was attracted to the cafe scene because ‘‘the festival is giving something back to the community.’’
‘‘We are locally owned and operated and we welcome the opportunity to support the festival through our sponsorship programme,’’ says General Manager Duncan Scott.
‘‘Just as we’re committed to excellence, so too is the Jazz Festival.’’