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Nelson Jazz And Blues Festival

Thursday, 1 January 2015 - Sunday, 4 January 2015

Once Again The Nelson Jazz And Blues Festival Heralds High Summer In Nelson.

The 2015 Festival Will Run From Jan 1- Jan 4 With An Exciting Line Up Of National And International Artists Playing In Some Of Nelson’s Most Beautiful Locations.

Bands 2015

Boogie Train

Boogie Train

The best blues train in town will take you on a sensational ride of traditional and contemporary blues – guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing with foot stomping, body moving blues.
Marcus Roebuck – vocals/blues harp, Glynn Olsen – Guitar, Sahn Bishop – bass, Gabor Irmalos – drums

Field of Vision Trio

Field Of Vision Trio

Pianist Kevin Field has collaborated with some of the top international names in jazz, performed concerts in the UK, USA and Australia, featured on over 30 albums including Nathan Haines, Whirimako Black, Jennifer Zea and the NZSO. Kevin is a dynamic, experienced live performer joined by equally impressive fellow musicians of national and international repute.
Kevin Field – piano, Cameron McArthur – bass, Stephen Thomas – drums
“It swings, it stings and has an urgency, especially when Field takes charge” – Graham Reid, Dog Day

Flaming Mudcats

Flaming Mudcats

The Flaming Mudcats are a rip snortin’, fire breathin’ blues outfit that puts heart and soul into every note they play. Often gritty, sometimes raw, they hold nothing back and play the blues like they had no choice in the matter. They have recently returned from a whirlwind visit to the USA where they opened the inaugural Field of Blues Festival in Chicago Illinois. Anyone who argues that good blues is hard to find has never heard of this band – chances are you couldn’t find a tighter good-time band.
Fronted by Craig Bracken – harmonica and vocals, Doug Bygrave – guitar, Sean McCarthy – bass, Ian Thomson – drums



Freewheelin’ will be playing the best from their repertoire of Jazz Standards featuring Latin, Blues, Swing & Bebop.Sophie Ricketts – vocal, Chris Harris – trumpet, Annabel Boyes – tenor sax, Dai Minamizawa – keyboards, Jak Karaitiana – bass, Drew Matheson – drums

Hot Pompe

Hot Pompe

Nelson’s Hot Pompe and Swing 42 from Christchurch are two acoustic swing bands which play music in the style of the famous “Quintet of the Hot Club of France”, which was formed in Paris in 1934 and matched the phenomenal guitar talent of Django Reinhardt with the violin virtuoso Stéphane Grapelli.
Pete Rainey – violin, Craig Agnew – guitar, Dean Straker – guitar, Dion Te Momo – guitar, Glenn Common – bass

Katrina and the swing men

Katrina And The Swing Men

Katrina Kallil’s style of powerful vocals, charisma and comedic wit, along with her Jazz and Blues arrangements, gives her audience a very special performance. Spiced by a wry sense of humour in both her songs and banter Katrina totally engages her guests with irresistible energy.
Katrina performs with her accompanist and music director, Barry Korcheski who is known both locally and internationally as an excellent pianist & band leader and is joined by the best talented local musicians.
Katrina Kallil – vocals, Simon Williams – sax, Barry Korcheski – keyboard, Chris Pierson – drums.

Laura collins and the back Porch bank

Laura Collins And The Back Porch Band

Laura Collins, known for her soulful vocal delivery and onstage energy is in Nelson, with a top end line of a band. One of those talents is Wayne Mason, a well-known Kiwi songwriter and also one hell of a stonkin’ boogie blues piano player. So look out for ‘Mad Professor’ style wild solos with a wonderful sense of abandon.
Laura Collins – vocal, Matthew Newman – guitar, George Barris – upright bass, Wayne Mason – keyboards, Pete Cogswell – drums
“You can expect a little Etta James, some Bonnie Raitt, some Muddy Waters and many more favourites, a whole lot of cheek, some fine playing and a good old southern time on the back porch.” – Manawatu Standard June 2nd, 2014

Mike Field jazz Quintet

Mike Field Jazz Quintet

Canadian trumpeter and composer Mike Field heads to New Zealand this summer, celebrating the release of his second album ‘Rush Mode’.
Mike Field is a playful virtuoso trumpet player, known for his upbeat and energetic music. Every performance is dynamic and will keep you riveted with a range of exciting jazz numbers ranging from classic bebop to Latin-flavoured romps.
Mike Field – trumpet, Catherine Wells – piano, Jesse Hughes – drums, Jimmy Rainey – sax, Sebastian Taylor – bass
“Sultry yet playful, Mike Field’s trumpet digs beneath the notes to find a song’s true character” – Jonathan Fowlie, Journalist



Macartney, McElhinney, Shadbolt, Talele is the result of long standing musical relationships between its members, performing together in various permutations over the last 10 years in NZ and abroad. MMST is a highly focussed outfit and has come together to form an outstanding jazz-funk band. This UK based band will bring you tight, hardhitting grooves that will stir up the summer heat with Shadbolt as the frontman who has emerged as a unique entity amongst the best of NZ’s original guitar players.
Joel Shadbolt – vocals, guitar, Rory Macartney – bass, Kushal Talele – saxophone, Joe McElhinney – drums

My Baby

My Baby

Netherlands based group, My Baby, is a danceable live act brimming with voodoo delta blues and funk. Since their discovery in 2012 by Funk legend Larry Graham of “Sly and the Family Stone” fame, My Baby has toured throughout Europe bringing their show to great approval from their fast growing worldwide fanbase.
Cato van Dyke – vocals, Daniel Dafreez – guitar, Joost van Dyke – drums
“My Baby is a soulful and rootsy blues informed rock band that packs a political punch and a live experience that wills you to dance and fall into their voodoo trance.”

Out on bail

Out On Bail

Out on Bail plays a diverse selection of jazz standards, lead by the dulcet tones of the flugel horn which is surrounded by interweaving lines of various saxophones. This is then mixed with the delicious sounds of guitar and the insidious engine room of key’s, bass and drums.
This local phenomenon consists of Chris Baillie – flugelhorn/trumpet, Simon Williams – sax/clarinet, Smiley Shellock – guitar, Gabor Tolney – keyboard, Chris Cowles – bass, Chris Pierson – drums.


Steve Mitchell & The Humankindness Band

Steve Mitchell & The Humankindness Band make their debut at this year’s festival, performing blends of blues and soul. Tightly arranged and hook-laden acoustic songs share the set-list with blues-based numbers that rely on the sensitivity of the band to stretch out over tough, infectious grooves.
The band will perform the music of songwriter and slide guitarist Steve Mitchell and their appearance marks the launch of the debut album Humankindness, recorded in the UK and Nelson.
Steve Mitchell – vocals/slide guitar/guitar, Glynn Olsen – guitar, Danny Sugar – bass, Gabor Irmalos – drums.

swing 42

Swing 42

Swing 42 from Christchurch and Nelson’s Hot Pompe are two acoustic swing bands which play music in the style of the famous “Quintet of the Hot Club of France”, which was formed in Paris in 1934 and matched the phenomenal guitar talent of Django Reinhardt with the violin virtuoso Stéphane Grapelli.
Keith Petch – guitar, Reuben Derrick – clarinet, Bob Heinz – guitar, Mike Kime – bass

Nelson Jazz club big band

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band – styled after the great bands of the Forties and Fifties – is a traditional stage band that plays syncopated written arrangements with improvised interludes. Most people will be familiar with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, but Big Bands have been popular since the dawn of jazz and show no sign of losing their appeal, with new arrangements of contemporary music appearing all the time.
The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band has been in existence for more than twenty years, has played at every Nelson Jazz Festival since its inception and includes some of the best jazz players and vocalists currently in Nelson.

Nelson Jazz Quartet

Nelson Jazz Quartet

The Nelson Jazz Quartet plays with time, both chronological and rhythmical as well as certain hemiolic tendencies.
Classics, Rhythmic Tribal and Jazz influences come together in a special blend of unique flavour. Using time signatures as diverse as 2/1 and 9/0, they will befuddle the aural senses.
Gabor Tolnay – keyboard, Simon Williams – sax/clarinet, Chris Cowles – bass, Chris Pierson – drums

tom rodwell & coco davis

Tom Rodwell & Coco Davis

Rodwell’s uniquely primitivist and dance-orientated take on rhythm and blues music takes influences from calypso, slave-era spirituals and West African juju music – making his playing thoughtful, hard to categorise, yet instantly accessible. Rodwell has recently become a key collaborator with Don McGlashan on his new album of original songs, and produced a documentary on slave-era gospel music for Radio New Zealand.
In work ranging from jazz and blues interpretations to music-theatre collisions Coco Davis sings seductive nightmares to shake you from slumber, spinning tales from the dark side of the female heart. Inspired by cabaret, surrealism and film noir, Davis has developed subtle yet dislocating new arrangements of old songs.
“By turns wild, angry, hypnotic and sensual, it’s as uncompromising as it is funky and some of the best live music I’ve seen,” – Blues in London

trudi wilson & jasper

Trudi Wilson & Jasper

Jasper have a way of cleverly crafting songs of yesterday and songs of the present day into smooth, slick and fun jazz & blues. With a setlist featuring everything Ella to Amy, Trudi’s husky voice winds around Ivan’s unique guitar sound, while Jak and the two Simons provide such a clever backbone… a pleasure to listen to!
Trudi Wilson – vocals/keys, Ivan Outram – guitar, Jak Karaitiana – bass, Simon Terrill – drums, Simon Williams – sax/clarinet



Thursday, 1 January 2015
Sunday, 4 January 2015