The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International jazz & Blues Festival
24 May to 28 May 2017
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival is one of the longest-running music festivals in the country. For the past twenty-one years, we’ve provided the region with an international standard event that features some of the world’s best Jazz and Blues artists, while supporting the New Zealand music industry in the best way possible, by producing creative and live performance opportunities for hundreds of local and nationally based musicians and artists each year.
Our 22nd festival, from 24th – 28th of May, is an outstanding programme of international and national performances, and a few once-in-a-lifetime shows.
Headlining this years’ festival is American jazz great Kenny Barron with his trio. Honoured by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, and nominated nine times for a Grammy award, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “the most lyrical piano player of our time.”
We’re also excited to welcome Irish blues and jazz guitarist Jimmy Smyth to our line-up. Jimmy will be joining a festival favourite Mary Coughlan, as well as perform a solo show. The amazing singer/ songwriter Anna Coddington is here with the big and bold Oval Office; powerhouse Tami Neilson and her band join us for one night in the Charles Luney Auditorium, while The Waiheke International Soul Orchestra perform in the festival’s Blue Smoke series. This festival will also feature more than a few Christchurch musicians performing their best work. Don’t miss a thing.