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THE JAC - Manawatu Jazz & Blues Festival

THE JAC - Manawatu Jazz & Blues Festival

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  • Thu 3 Jun, 8:00pm – 10:00pm


Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $32.00
  • Jazz Club: $26.00
  • Student: $22.00

The Jac is back! A year on from the COVID-enforced online release of their third studio album 'A Gathering', the high-octane modern jazz octet is reforming in 2021 to tour Aotearoa once again, with a follow-up album: 'Walking Spirits'!

Featuring material from The Jac's 2017 collaboration with Korean quartet Black String, plus a swathe of brand new original compositions, these albums represent a milestone in their sound. Recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, they are a beautifully produced capture of a band at the height of its powers, showcasing their intricate and immersive compositions, tight ensemble playing and assertive, individual improvising voices.

'Tūī', one of the titles from 'A Gathering', was awarded the APRA NZ Best Jazz Composition award in 2020. The Jac has performed the music for no less than 5 other winners and nominees of the same award since 2014. They have headlined the Wellington Jazz Festival and featured in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival (KOR), Bukchon Music Festival (KOR), National Jazz and Blues Festival (NZ) and performed throughout Aotearoa, Australia and South Korea.

Described as being “on par with any global contemporary jazz bands (The Jac) is an exquisite slice of NZ jazz and one that deserves to be heard”, the band also features musicians bringing influences and expertise from outside the jazz spectrum.

Notable among these are Wellington jazz stalwarts Jake Baxendale, Chris Buckland (saxophones) (who hails from Palmerston North), Callum Allardice (guitar), Nick Tipping (bass) and Shaun Anderson (drums) are joined by the NZSO's Matthew Allison (trombone) plus special guests Daniel Hayles (piano) and Michael Taylor (trumpet) for this very special concert as part of the 2021 Manawatu International Jazz & Blues Festival.

“It is all too rare to see such configurations in New Zealand and I wish more would surface.”
This is a band that commands your attention, with catchy melodies, rich harmonies, and driving grooves. The tunes are designed to take you on a journey; the long-form, almost through-composed arrangements seamlessly weaving from the organised to the improvised and back again.

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