Wellington Jazz Festival 2023

This year we are bringing you 13 gigs over the five days of the festival.

Wellington Jazz Festival gave Damian Forlong an opportunity to get his booking on!

He’s put together an amazing series of gigs that are on this handy schedule – already marked as essential viewing 

Jazz Festival





The poster design is inspired by Andy Haddleton’s spreadsheet (Which is a thing of wonder).

All ticketed events are $10 for Capital Blues Members! That’s like 13 gigs for $80! Standard pricing is $170. Tickets are for sale at Humanitix – here’s a link to them ALL! https://events.humanitix.com/host/capital-blues-inc

We have a mix of big-band, Afro-beat, jazz, funk, pop, rock, and blues. Guitars, horns, saxes, vocals, keyboards, and more.

Starting at 6.00 on 25th October with The Wellington Mingus Ensemble, through to the Steely DNA at 7.00 on 29th.

To find out more about each artist and the performance times, click on the Events page.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival.

Tony Mad Trio plays Stevie Ray Vaughan

Hotel Bristol – Thursday 4 September – 8.30 pm

Tony Mad Trio 2The Tony Mad Trio, playing Stevie Ray Vaughan songs from his early career in classic three piece style. Classic blues songs, Stevie’s own, and of course some Hendrix for good measure!

Expect some stunning guitar work, lots of boogie, and a touch of the Vaughan magic!

TMT, morphed from Rude Mood, The New Zealand Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble tribute show from the late 1990’s.

Antony Maddock – Guitar and Vocals
Mel Laurie – Bass
Darryn Siggley – Drums

Tony Mad Trio 5



Hotel Bristol – Thursday 28th August – 8.30 pm

Roomfulla Blues Jam nightSponsored by Music Works Wellington, the jam night is a chance to bring your songs and play with the house band.

MC for the night is Dougal Spier. Contact:
(021) 275-8375 or bjd@xtra.co.nz

Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent.

Jam nights are where new musicians, and the seasoned, can mix it with a great backing band and where the expected and the unexpected happen!

Shayn Wills – with Bullfrog Rata and Rick Cranson

Hotel Bristol – Thursday 21st August – 8.30 pm

SHAYN WILLSShayn Wills – “a one man blues storm”  has a voice, a guitar style, and a harmonica soul to blow you away.

Since 1992 Shayn has played support gigs for: Albert King, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, John Hammond Jnr., Canned Heat, and Duke Robillard!

Come along and see what happens when Shayn teams up with Bullfrog Rata on bass and Rick Cranson on drums.

Should be a good night!

Rodger Fox and NZ School of Music

We are pleased to welcome Rodger Fox back to the Blues Club on Thursday 14th August at the Bristol with:

NZ School of Music Big Bands 1 & 2

and the

Jazz Guitar Big Band

Rodger Fox and the School of musicThe New Zealand School of Music Big Band, directed by Rodger Fox, features some of the country’s best up-and-coming jazz talent. With increasing numbers of appearances at festivals and in concert around New Zealand, their profile is growing by the year.

The band has appeared in concert with international artists including Mike Nock, Jon Papenbrook, Jim Pugh, Clay Jenkins, Georgie Fame, Bob Sheppard, Bill Reichenbach and Bruce Forman. The band records a CD annually, and in 2009 they won a Tui award for the best jazz recording of the year.

Their diverse repertoire includes a cross-section of material made famous by bands and artists such as Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich, and Bill Holman, Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson.

Rodger-Fox_smallRodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.

He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton – Thomas, Joe Williams, The Four Tops – Temptations, Gary Grant, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Cunliffe, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few.

Rodger has promoted live concerts with his Big Band in the Global Festival arena, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, The International Association of Jazz Educators Concert 1997 & 1999 and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.

Rodger was winner of the’Tui’ for New Zealand Jazz Recording of theYear in 1981 and 2000 and a finalist in 1984 and 200

Kniki & Mike Beale (Australia)

Hotel Bristol – Thursday 7th August – 8.30 pm

Kniki and Mike are back again at Roomfulla Blues, with Elliotte Fuimaono on bass, and Richard Te one on drums. It will be a great night of blues music.

KNiki-Mike-BealeIt was just a chance email early in 2009 that introduced Perth based blues singer KNiKi with Gold Coast based guitarist/frontman of Men in Blues fame Mike Beale.

The combination of Mike’s shredding blues vocal and explosive guitar, with KNiKi’s powerful, soulful and yet expressive voice has left crowds desperate for more.





Roomfulla Blues Jam night

Sponsored by Music Works Wellington, the jam night is a chance to bring your songs and play with the house band.

MC for the night is Phil McLaughlin

Roomfulla Blues Jam night

Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent.

Jam nights are where new musicians, and the seasoned, can mix it with a great backing band and where the expected and the unexpected happen.


Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band

Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band

The members of this energetic and fun band share a passion for jug band music and recognise its unique place in music history, both at the dawn of jazz and blues, and in the 1950s and 60s resurgence of jug bands and skiffle groups.

Their style encompasses rural blues, good time music, a mix of originals and folk blues. Their handmade instruments include tea chest bass, lagerfone, washboard, and stomp box,  which gives them an authentic sound.

Kelburn ViaductPip Payne – washboard, lagerfone, guitar, vocals, kazoo;

Neil Worboys – banjo, mandolin, kazoo, vocals, jug;

Maurice Priestley – guitar, mandolin, kazoo, vocals, whistles and bells;

Steve Carlyle – washboard, tea chest bass, vocals.

Bill Wood – tea chest bass, dobro




X Ray Catz

The X Ray Catz are New Zealand’s premiere 1950’s Rock n Roll/ Rockabilly band. With a repertoire including classics from the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Stray Cats Dwight Yoakam and more.

X Ray CatzAntony Maddock, crazed and loveable guitar player (Stevie Ray); Gordon Barrell on bass, standup bass, upright bass, double bass – whatever you want to call that big thing; Wayne Mason on keyboards, boogie woodie; and the inimitable Richard Te One on drums.

And they all sing!!

A top notch line-up  sure to deliver.




Blues Buffet (Wanganui)

Blues BuffetRegulars at the Bristol, this is raw energetic kick- ass hefty blues played by big hairy fellas who know how to sing! Brilliant!

Freddie Loveridge, guitar supreme, Dusty Loveridge bass; Paul Wilson keys, Nigel Bateman drums.

The Blues Buffet are a Four-piece Blues band, from Wanganui, New Zealand with two albums out ‘Appetiser’ and ‘All you can eat baby’.

For Video Clips Check out www.youtube.com/thebluesbuffet or www.myspace.com/the_blues_buffet