Jazz at The Realm

Our next Jazz night is Wednesday 9th June. Book in now!

Wednesday 9th June (7-8pm) Petrichor Ensemble

Playing compelling original jazz.

Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɪkɔːr/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The Petrichor Ensemble is an exciting, modern, living example of improvised music.

It makes for a vibrant, unapologetic, and compelling listen. Comprising a selection of New Zealand’s top jazz musicians, the Petrichor Ensemble offers a night of world-class original compositions and wildly engaging improvisation.

Featuring the musical direction of one of New Zealand’s foremost percussive exponents Greg Crayford on Drum Kit, Jake Baxendale(who needs no introduction to our Jazz Festival community) on tenor saxophone, Miles Crayford on piano, Michael Costello on trumpet, and Mike Duffy on upright bass.

Mike Duffy has written the material for the Petrichor Ensemble and this performance will be its public debut in front of a live audience. Drawing from the youthful energy and excitement of modern Jazz composers like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the harmonic and rhythmic sophistication of folkloric vocal music from Bulgaria and the grandiose musical architecture of post rock, the compositions are a truly postmodern experience. You won’t need an arts degree to appreciate this music though.

Don’t miss out on this special show!

 Sunday 13th June (2-4pm) Capital City Big Band

Come along and experience the rich sound of CCBB – a full 18-piece jazz orchestra, with vocalists, playing the music of greats, such as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more modern bands such as Maynard Ferguson, Tower of Power, Weather Report and Gordon Goodwin. Expect variety, and bring your dancing shoes!

Supported by the award-winning ensemble, The Rongotai College Big Band, you can expect a superb and entertaining afternoon out.

Delicious meals, lovely warm room, great ambience, good company and stellar music. What more could a jazz fan want?

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