Washbourn Gardens

Twilight Concert

3 – 8pm Wednesday 2nd January

Geoff Culverwell Quartet

Boathouse Concert

7.30 pm Wednesday 2nd January

The Ages: All Girl Big Band

NCMA Concert

7.30 pm Friday 4th January

Founders Park

Twilight Concert

4 – 9pm Saturday 5th January

Swingin’ Sisters

Boathouse Concert

7.30 pm Thursday 3rd January
  • Wednesday 2nd
  • Thursday 3rd
  • Friday 4th
  • Saturday 5th

Geoff Culverwell with V.S.O.P Quartet

International recording artist Geoff Culverwell (horns) and master musicians Paul Dyne (double bass), Nick van Dijk (keys) and Dez Mallon (drums) present a night of sublime jazz. Don’t miss.

Where: The Boathouse
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 7.30pm
Entry: $25

 

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

A festival favourite! Their distinctive 18-piece sound is always a crowd-pleaser, and showcases the talents of their fabulous vocalists.

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 3pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Where: Founders Park Twilight Concert
When: Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 4pm
Entry: $10 at gate, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Tom Rainey Quartet

Tom Rainey (keyboards), Bob Heinz (guitar), Brad Grainger (double bass), and Mark Lockett (drums). Top shelf talent—need we say more.

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 4pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

 

Django Schmango

Gypsy jazz performed with verve, skill and an obvious pleasure that’s irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike.

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 5pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Where: 1903 Square NBS Gigs
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 11.30 – 1.30pm
Entry: Free

Boogie Train

The Boogie Train is well established as a live favourite, delivering tunes both classic and contemporary.

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 6pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

 

Sun City Soul

Get up and dance to this brassy six-piece band from Nelson—that’s right people, sweet soul music!

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 7pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

 

Bourbon St Beat

Jazz classics in the New Orleans style, with the addition of vocalist Jane Winter.

Where: 1903 Square NBS Gigs
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 11.30am
Entry: Free

 

NCMA Youth Jazz Orchestra

Students under 19 years old showcase their passion for improvisation and playing in the jazz style.

Where: 1903 Square NBS Gigs
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 12.30pm
Entry: Free

 

Steve Mitchell Trio with Paul Denny

A thrillingly laid-back set of original songs, lo-fi funk, back-porch blues and more! Joined by Paul Denny on Harmonica.

Where: Smugglers
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 3 – 6pm
Entry: Free

 

Pic’s Peanut Butter Jam Sessions

Late-night musicians’ improvisational playtime—get there early, these exciting sessions fill quickly.

Where: East St Cafe
When: Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 9.30pm
Entry: $5

 

Swingin’ Sisters with the Tom Rainey Quartet

Vocalists Kate Taylor, Tessa Quayle and Trudi Wilson showcase their talent, with firm festival favourite Tom Rainey and band in support.

Where: The Boathouse
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 7.30pm
Entry: $25

Jake Baxendale – A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

On the back of his sold out Wellington concerts, saxophonist Jake Baxendale presents ‘A Tribute to Wayne Shorter’.

Where: Fairfield House
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 4 – 6pm
Entry: $10 at the door

 

Lisa Tomlins Group

Vocalist Lisa Tomlins has toured with the likes of Fly My Pretties, Hollie Smith, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddie’s Drop, Sola Rosa and Rhombus.

Where: Fairfield House
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 7 – 9pm
Entry: $10 at the door

 

Django Schmango

Gypsy jazz performed with verve, skill and an obvious pleasure that’s irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike.

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 5pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Where: 1903 Square NBS Gigs
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 11.30 – 1.30pm
Entry: Free

Out on Bail

Upbeat jazz standards with a difference, featuring a sax/flugelhorn frontline.

Where: Honest Lawyer
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 4 – 6pm
Entry: Free

 

JP Niles

JP Niles has been playing ‘under the radar’ for a number of years now. He will draw you in with beautiful songs and compositions rather than chart hits.

Where: Rhythm & Brown
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 8pm
Entry: Free

 

All Girl Mini Band

The All Girl Big Band in miniature form, in jazz café style.

Where: River Kitchen
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 4pm
Entry: Free

 

Los Galanes

A vibrant and energetic programme of Latin- and French-style jazz, perfect for dancing.

Where: Kirby Lane
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 2 – 4pm
Entry: Free

Where: Founders Park Twilight Concert
When: Saturday 5th January 2019,7pm
Entry: $10 at gate, under 16 years free, covers five bands

McCashin’s Hop Garden Cafe Jazz

This gig sums up the Nelson JazzFest: an absolutely wonderful band in a relaxed setting. Trust us on this one and go if you possibly can.

Where: Founders Park
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 12.30 – 3pm
Entry: Free

 

Pic’s Peanut Butter Jam Sessions

Late-night musicians’ improvisational playtime—get there early, these exciting sessions fill quickly.

Where: East St Cafe
When: Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 9.30pm
Entry: $5

 

The Ages – All Girl Big Band

Full sections of trombone, trumpet, sax and rhythm, along with powerhouse vocalist Kate Taylor, present “The Ages”, a historical journey of women who have left a legacy through song.

Where: NCMA
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 7.30pm
Entry: $30

Hip-Town Bangers

Hard-swinging jazz quintet play the music of Cannonball Adderley, Lou Donaldson and Horace Silver. Equal parts serious jazz and fun, dancy grooves.

Where: Fairfield House
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 4 – 6pm
Entry: $10 at the door

Gold Nugget Pawn Shop

New Orleans rhythm and blues at its finest—infectious rhythms and tight, three-part harmonies.  

Where: Fairfield House
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 7 – 9pm
Entry: $10 at the door

 

Out on Bail with George Rutledge

Upbeat jazz standards with a difference, featuring the smooth sounds of George Rutledge on vocals.

Where: 1903 Square NBS Gigs
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 11.30 – 1.30pm
Entry: Free

 

West Coast Blues

Ivan Outram and friends serve up helpings of an up-tempo fusion of jazz and blues.

Where: Smugglers
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 3 – 6pm
Entry: Free

 

Jane & Francis – Post Modern Piano and Vocals

The established musical partnership of Jane Winter and Francis Meria (vocals/keyboard) bring their classy act to the Bamboo Bar.

Where: Bamboo Tiger
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 8pm
Entry: Free

Steve Mitchell

Steve’s original songs blend soul, acoustic blues, classic 60’s pop and singer-songwriter styles.

Where: Rhythm & Brown
When: Friday 4th January 2019 @ 8pm
Entry: Free

 

Pic’s Peanut Butter Jam Sessions

Late-night musicians’ improvisational playtime—get there early, these exciting sessions fill quickly.

Where: East St Cafe
When: Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 9.30pm
Entry: $5

 

Lisa Tomlins and the Presidents of Funk

The finest Funk, Soul and R&B of the 60s and 70s, fronted by Wellington’s number one Soul Sister, Lisa Tomlins.

Where: Founders Park Twilight Concert
When: Saturday 5th January 2019, 8pm
Entry: $10 at gate, under 16 years free, covers five bands

 

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

A festival favourite! Their distinctive 18-piece sound is always a crowd-pleaser, and showcases the talents of their fabulous vocalists.

Where: Washbourn Gardens Twilight Concert
When: Wednesday 2nd January 2019 @ 3pm
Entry: by donation, $5 suggested, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Where: Founders Park Twilight Concert
When: Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 4pm
Entry: $10 at gate, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Hot Tonic

Expect to be surprised by USA-based band that merges jazz with diverse musical elements ranging from funk to blues to rock.

Where: Founders Park Twilight Concert
When: Saturday 5th January 2019, 5pm
Entry: $10 at gate, under 16 years free, covers five bands

Where: Bamboo Tiger
When: Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 8pm
Entry: Free

Los Galanes

A vibrant and energetic programme of Latin- and French-style jazz, perfect for dancing.

Where: Kirby Lane
When: Thursday 3rd January 2019 @ 2 – 4pm
Entry: Free

Where: Founders Park Twilight Concert
When: Saturday 5th January 2019,7pm
Entry: $10 at gate, under 16 years free, covers five bands

JB3 Trio

JB3 is a funky organ-drums-sax trio with an extensive repertoire, from jazz, boogaloo, latin, funk and soul to R&B.

Where: Fairfield House
When: Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 1pm
Entry: $10 at the door

Pic’s Peanut Butter Jam Sessions

Late-night musicians’ improvisational playtime—get there early, these exciting sessions fill quickly.

Where: East St Cafe
When: Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th January 2019 @ 9.30pm
Entry: $5