Waiheke Marketplace : March 23rd 2016
What’s happening at Easter? SeeWhat’s On P12&P13 Waiheke ‘Jedi’ Ged’s remarkable swing – P5 Wednesday, March 23, 2016 FIRST WITH THE NEWS — EVERYWHERE, EVERY WEEK Roving jazz busker Paul TT andWaiheke International Jazz Festival director John Quigley make a toast, at Aperitivo in Oneroa, to the upcoming Easter festival. PHOTO: GEORGE GARDNER Aweekend to jazz it up GEORGE GARDNER Daytime parties, night time jam sessions and a whole lot of raising the roof is being promised during a long weekend of non-stop music. This Easter’s Waiheke Inter- national Jazz Festival will see some festival favourites and a bunch of new acts among the 112 musicians set to play four venues over three days. Festival director John Quigley says ticket presales for the Good Friday Groove had already exceeded expectations two weeks ago and guests are in for a sensational show. ‘‘We have a really interesting line-up. ‘‘We open with SJD, probably the richest source of songwriting in the country right now, then it’s Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes, and Lawrence Arabia who’s really quirky. Sex on Toast from Melbourne are an incredible group and Tahuna Breaks will bring the house down.’’ Quigley is also confident about the line-up for his evening concert series, Daytime Jazzabout and late night Supper Club acts and says, this year, most of the international flavour is coming from Australia. ‘‘Last year I had quite a few Europeans over. I’d hooked up with them on tour in Europe with our band Nairobi Trio so it made sense. But this last year we did the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the Threadbo Jazz Festival in the Snowy Mountains and saw some great acts. ‘‘I made Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters an offer on the spot. George Washingmachine was there with his son and the two of them are absolutely magical playing together. ‘‘Jan Preston from Australia is also coming, and I saw Sex on Toast when visitingmyson Adam and his band Five Mile Town. I was blown away. ‘‘I find it impossible to book unless I’m on the spot. When you go to these gigs as a musician and you’re standing there and saying ‘wow’, you know it’s right.’’ Meanwhile, Quigley says the Grand Finale concert at Rangihoua Estate on Sunday night could have a couple of surprise performers but people will have to go along to find out. Go to waihekejazzfestival.co.nz for tickets and the full programme of events from March 25 to 27.
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