"Saluté Presents…” internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, Chris Standring, for one night only. Coming to NZ for the first time on the heels of his UK tour, Chris currently has the #1 selling smooth jazz album on Billboard and the #2 selling smooth jazz album on Amazon. The exuberance Standring infuses into every measure and beat of Sunlight is a perfect reflection of the extraordinary year he enjoyed in 2017 when he was enjoying a total of three #1 chart hits. Along with his 13 studio albums, Standring released his first ever live performance project Live in London, recorded at Cadogan Hall in the UK in March 2017. The recording also featured Mica Paris, the popular UK soul singer, who joined Standring for the lone vocal on Sunlight, the ultra sensual "No Explanation," which the guitarist penned with singer, songwriter and 7-time Grammy nominated producer Lauren Christy.
Nick Granville, a local Wellington musician, will be opening with his band for Chris. A founding member of the Wellington Jazz Orchestra; aka the Rodger Fox Big Band, Nick has worked with artists as diverse as Dave Weckl, Tony Lindsay (Santana's singer), Dave Mathews, Ronan Keating and others and also with the band on New Zealand's "Dancing with the Stars". Granville has performed around the world in major jazz festivals and recorded in the best studios including Kronos Recording & Capitol recording studio A in Los Angeles.
The event will be catered by Saluté Restaurant, a very popular, award-winning and highly-rated tapas restaurant & wine bar in the Wairarapa. Saluté Restaurant is featuring wines from The Elder Vineyard in Martinborough. Canapés by Saluté and The Elder Rosé will be served at the pre-concert reception and included in each ticket price. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy preferred seating, an exclusive "After Party / Meet & Greet" with Chris, Nick and band members, with dessert canapés by Saluté and The Elder Late Harvest Pinot Gris dessert wine.
A cash drink & food bar will also be available, featuring additional food items from Saluté, the award-winning wines The Elder Pinot Noir and The Elder Pinot Gris, as well as local craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Merchandise from the artists will be also be available at a booth during the event.
6:30 pm Pre-concert reception
7:00 pm Opening Act: Nick Granville and band
8:00 pm Chris Standring
9:30 - 10:30 pm VIP After Party / Meet & Greet