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Jazz Fans ignore Richmond rain

Rain did not deter more than 500 people from enjoying the second Jazz in the Park concert in Richmond yesterday. Nelson Jazz Club president Tony Bowater said Nelson secondary school bands Goove On and Funktron gave the event a well-received younger element.
The club’s own band, The Big Band, which had been rehearsing for the past six months, was the standout performer at yesterday’s show, he said. The band was formed to promote the jazz club community.
While the rain forced most people home near the end of the concert, a group of about 70 took shelter under the trees to enjoy the last few minutes.
“The weather is causing a few headaches, but the show must go on,” Mr Bowater said. “It was another good concert and the next two will be outstanding.”
On Monday afternoon, more than 5000 people turned out at Nelson’s Fairfield Park for the first of four free concerts, as part of the Nelson Jazz Festival. The festival continues at Motueka’s Decks Reserve this afternoon and Takaka’s Village Green tomorrow.
Richmond Crowd