Welcome to the Jazz & Blues Festival

Celebrating its 23rd year, the 2018 Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival will host more than 30 shows featuring some of the best musicians and artists from New Zealand and around the world. Throughout the history of the festival we have presented Christchurch audiences with programmes that are both appealing and dynamic, and this year is no exception. Headlining is American jazz wonder Kurt Elling and his Quintet, at The Piano for one night only.

Australian treasure James Morrison is accompanied by the New Zealand Army Band; Fantine returns to play with both Oval Office and the Symposium Jazz Orchestra; Nathan Haines and Jonathan Crayford present Adagio and our very own master chef Richard Till is joined by The Eastern for two great nights of food and music at the Lyttelton Arts Factory. New Zealand blues legend Darren Watson is here with his latest LP release and Mary Coughlan returns with her Billie Holiday show.

We’ve got music for lunch, on the trams, in the City, at the Harbour and in a High School. Jazz, blues, soul, funk, improvised or rehearsed – we’ve got a little something for everyone…enjoy!

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Programme

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James Morrison and the New Zealand Army Band

  • Isaac Theatre Royal
  • 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • $49/$29
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Mary Coughlan Sings Billie Holiday

  • The Piano
  • 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • $45
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Kate Taylor

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • $15
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The Stick

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • $12
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Mary Coughlan Sings Billie Holiday

  • The Piano
  • 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • $45
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Nathan Haines and Jonathan Crayford

  • The Piano
  • 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24 May
  • $45
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Fantine with Oval Office

  • Blue Smoke
  • 8.00pm
  • Thursday 24 May
  • $35
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Jazz Dine at Hotel Montreal

  • Hotel Montreal
  • 7.00pm
  • Thursday 24 May
  • $145
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Hamish Smith

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 8.00pm
  • Thursday 24 May
  • $15
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The Goldonies

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 6.00pm
  • Thursday 24 May
  • $12
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Noteable Young Women: Georgie Clifford

  • The Piano
  • 1.10pm
  • Thursday 24 May
  • $15/$12
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Jazz on the Tram

  • Christchurch Tram
  • 12.00pm
  • Thursday 24 May
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Richard Till’s Country Eats featuring The Eastern

  • Lyttelton Arts Factory
  • 7.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $89/59
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Fantine with the Symposium Jazz Orchestra

  • The Piano
  • 7.30pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $45
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Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires LP Release

  • Blue Smoke
  • 8.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $35
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Jazz Dine at Hotel Montreal

  • Hotel Montreal
  • 7.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $145
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Jimmy Smyth

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 8.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $15
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Sam Gauntlett

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 6.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $12
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Poltroon Encounters Stinging Nettles

  • UC Recital Room Arts Centre
  • 7.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $20/$10
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Noteable Young Women: Alice Tanner

  • The Piano
  • 1.10pm
  • Friday 25 May
  • $15/$12
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Jazz on the Tram

  • Christchurch Tram
  • 12.00pm
  • Friday 25 May
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Kurt Elling Quintet

  • The Piano
  • 8.00pm
  • Saturday 26 May
  • $99
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Richard Till’s Country Eats featuring The Eastern

  • Lyttelton Arts Factory
  • 7.00pm
  • Saturday 26 May
  • $89/59
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Soul Train

  • Blue Smoke
  • 8.30pm
  • Saturday 26 May
  • $25
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RPE Duo

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 8.00pm
  • Saturday 26 May
  • $15
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GoGo Calypso

  • Doug Caldwell Auditorium
  • 6.00pm
  • Saturday 26 May
  • $12
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Berardi / Foran / Karlen Trio

  • Orange Studios
  • 5.30pm
  • Saturday 26 May
  • $25/$15
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Jazz on the Tram

  • Christchurch Tram
  • 12.00pm
  • Saturday 26 May
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Jazz Jam with Sumo

  • Blue Smoke
  • 7.00pm
  • Sunday 27 May
  • $20
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Jill Scott Tribute

  • Christchurch Boys' High School Hall
  • 6.30pm
  • Sunday 27 May
  • $20/15
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The Festival High School Jazz Band Concert

  • Christchurch Boys' High School Hall
  • 11.30am
  • Sunday 27 May
  • $12
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Berardi / Foran / Karlen Trio

  • Orange Studios
  • 7.30pm
  • Sunday 27 May
  • $25/$15
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Venues

Isaac Theatre Royal

145 Gloucester Street

Lyttelton Arts Factory

34 Oxford St, Lyttelton

Christchurch Tram

The Piano

156 Armagh St

Doug Caldwell Auditorium

Cnr High and Madras Streets

Orange Studios

Blue Smoke

The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston

Hotel Montreal

351 Montreal St

UC Recital Room Arts Centre