The Manawatu Jazz Club has been an integral part of the music scene in the Manawatu for the past 50 years. Now we push on for another 50 years and celebrate making this years festival the 52nd festival for the city. It has provided the public with the opportunity to see some of the most vibrant live acts, and provided practitioners of Jazz with an opportunity to perform. The international content of the festival has only been available since the festival in 2000 with the appointment of Rodger Fox as Artistic Director of the Festival. Rodger has worked closely with the committee using his wide and varied contacts within the international jazz community to bring to New Zealand top names jazz scene.
The benefit to the New Zealand jazz scene has been incalculable.
The 52nd year of this hallmark festival will see 8 days of top class jazz and blues provided to the people of the Manawatu as the festival has expanded beyond the parameters of Palmerston North. Performers are booked from all over the country. The Buzz in the music community is palpable. Palmerston North will be marked in many diaries as the go-to place for Queens Birthday Weekend 2019. The Jazz cafe scene alone brings close to 120 performers all within walking distance of the CBDs of Palmerston North and Feilding. The Jazz Cafe scene is free to watch leaving the audience with more money for coffee and cake.
The Festival itself could not exist if it were not for the generous support of its funders, particularly the Palmerston North City Council. We encourage the local business community has stepped up to show its support towards the jazz and blues festival so we can consolidate the event for another 50 years.
The Manawatu International Jazz and Blues 2019 festival is huge, cramming in so much live music the people of the Manawatu will be spoilt for choice.