Waiheke Marketplace : January 26th 2010
37 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JANUARY 26, 2011 EVENTS Live @ Whittakers Whittakers Music Museum, Artworks Oneroa Admission $20 Concessions Available Bookings phone 372 9627 5pm Saturday 29th January Minsi Yang Violinist in recital with pianist Flavio Villani Playing composers Paganini, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Beriot. Easter jazz returns to isle By GEORGE GARDNER Appealing: The Dixieland Gypsy Band from Denmark is one of the top acts on offer at the Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival at Easter. Seasoned musician: Festival director John Quigly, who is also Nairobi Trio's guitarist, has played at every Waiheke jazz festival. A key performer of jazz on Wai- heke for two decades is bringing back a new-look festival to the island at Easter. John Quigly is a member of Nairobi Trio and directed the the first Waiheke Island jazz festival. He is excited about bringing jazz back to the island in a fresh new format at four island venues -- The Dunes in Onetangi, Rangihoua Estate Olive Grove, Waiheke Island Resort at Palm Beach, and The Bay -- in the former Harbour Master s building at Matiatia. Mr Quigly remembers playing at the first Waiheke Island of Jazz Festival with David Paquette and inter- national brass and reed player, the late Tom Baker, in 1991 -- and at every festival after that until Mr Paquette moved on in 2006. No stranger to the island, Mr Quigly has been making jazz festival arrangements from his Hekerua Bay bach. It s a huge job, he says. The new festival will be stick- ing to the jazz genre, and won t be diversifying into blues or country. Jazz is what I know, and Waiheke already has a winter blues festival, Mr Quigly says. The event will comprise even- ing concerts, a final Easter Sunday afternoon concert, a multi-venue day-pass option, including buses, two informal late-night supper clubs , and a one-off Good Friday Groove all afternoon on the lawn at Rangihoua Estate. What I loved the most about the old jazz festival was the aspect of going all around the island which is why I m incorporating the day-pass option, Mr Quigly says. Hot acts such as Nathan Haines, Sola Rosa Sound Sys- tem and Grand Central Band will rub shoulders with inter- national bands Dixieland Gypsy Band from Denmark and singer Karen Manion from Canada. Dixieland are incredibly good young musicians. They do a kind of version of the Django Reinhardt-Stephane Grapelli style, but a bit more punky. They re very appealing for a concert but also in a bar set- ting. Waiheke musicians Chocolate Fish, the Mano Pratt Band and Briar Ross also perform. And there could even be a guest spot for country-hopping David Paquette, if Mr Quigly can get hold of him. He was last seen in Oslo! Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival runs from April 21 to 24. Go to www.waihekejazzfestival. co.nz for more information and to buy tickets.
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