Auckland Jazz Festival 17-26 October

The inaugural Auckland Jazz Festival is happening from 17-26 October. For 10 days, Auckland comes alive with the best of local and international jazz in a series intimate concerts and gigs in your favourite venues. Up close and personal; the way is jazz meant to be experienced. International artists attending the festival include celebrated pianist Mike Nock, winner of the 2014 Don Banks Award and arguably New Zealand’s most recognised jazz export. He brings his Sydney-based trio with Brett Hirst and James Waples. German-American Benny Lackner presents a different take the piano trio format, updated for the electronic age. With his Berlin trio, Benny takes a groove-oriented approach, blending synths, and Ipad effects with the acoustic piano. Los Angeles resident, trombonist Francisco Torres will be joined by New Zealand’s own Rodger Fox, along with a local rhythm section to round out the international acts. Torres has received multiple grammy nominations for his arranging and composing, and plays with artists such as Poncho Sanchez, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and many more. The international acts will all be playing at CJC Creative Jazz Club, in the basement bar at 1885 Britomart, on 21, 22 and 23 October, and presale tickets are available from Eventfinder. And on top of that, there are over 30 events across a host of your favourite spots, featuring a range of local and national acts including: The Troubles, The Jazz Age, Yoko-Zuna, Trudy Lile, Allana Goldsmith, Matt Steele, La Luna and many more. Visit the festival website for the full programme: http://www.aucklandjazzfestival.co.nz/ Presented by CJC Creative jazz club with 1885, Tom Tom, The Golden Dawn, Hallertau, The Portland Public House & Ostro.