Below is the history written by the Director Jodi Wright. For the original article and more details click here:
Since 1999, the annual Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival has provided Christchurch with an international standard music event that has become a favourite for artists and audiences alike. The festival is known for profiling some of New Zealand’s finest musicians and showcasing a selection of international artists.
Artists who often work side by side, creating great music together, and enabling us to offer Christchurch a rich and varied festival programme.
The 2015 festival’s international artist line-up includes Hank Marvin, James Morrison, Hetty Kate, Fantine, Mary Coughlan, TJ Johnson, Daniel Weltlinger, Brenda Earle Stokes and Nick Hollamby. Our national musicians include: Nathan Haines, Ali Harper, The Troubles, Oval Office, Kevin Field, Tom Rainey, Malcolm McNeill, Naomi Fergusson and many more.
Festival shows will be staged in a variety of venues including the newly reopened ‘The Gym’ at The Arts Centre. ‘The Gym’ will be the host venue to the Dormer Jazz Cabaret Club – with shows each night from 7pm – as well as the festival’s lunchtime concert series. Charles Luney Auditorium will host Hank Marvin of The Shadows, The Bedford will host the fabulous Fantine with Oval Office, the CPIT MusicArts Doug Caldwell Auditorium has a full programme of concerts on offer while the Transitional Cathedral will provide a stunning location for four concerts featuring a variety of music from Nathan Haines, Mary Coughlan, Gypsy Swing and the Garden City Big Band tribute to one of our very best, Stu Buchanan.
Overwhelmed by the success of our Jazz Dine series, this year we’re offering three separate dinners in association with The Press, Black Estate Wines and The George. We’ll be matching great music with fantastic food and wine for three nights including the jazz flavours of New Orleans, New York and Europe.
The 2015 Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors, including our loyal naming partner Cavell Leitch, as well as The Press, Double Lux, Christchurch City Council, The Canterbury Community Trust, Dormer Construction, iSite, The Breeze, The Sound, The George, Wickliffe, CPIT MusicArts, Black Estate and Pernod Ricard.
We also couldn’t do it without you, our loyal patrons. Thank you for your support and we look forward to entertaining you this April.