Founders Park Twilight Concert

From 4pm through until around 9.30pm.
Eight food stalls will include French crêpes & galettes, South African dried meats and vegetarian super-foods & delicacies. Beers, wines, coffee and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available from Founders Park’s own cafe/bars.

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm.
Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers will be playing @ 8pm.
This is your only chance to hear this fabulous septet perform in the festival.
When: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry – covers five bands. Under 16s free.

The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers are a septet of the capital’s most danceable dadaists who have brought the traditional music of New Orleans and early jazz to the shores of our fine isles since 2011. They came up with the band name before anyone thought about how hard it would be to remember.

They have survived minor car accidents and major food poisoning incidents to perform on stages throughout the country, including the Waiheke International Jazz Festival, Toast Martinborough, World of WearableArt, and Seven Days. Performing energetic interpretations of standards from the New Orleans and swing songbook as well as original compositions inspired by the era, the Shake-’Ems will serve you up a spicy jambalaya full of mystery meat.

Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers photo

Set starts @ 8pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Craig Walters Quartet

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm.
The Craig Walters Quartet will be playing @ 7pm.
When: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry – covers five bands. Under 16s free.

Craig has studied with Jerry Coker and received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in 1983. He has performed with Bob Mintzer, Michael Bublé, Harry Connick jnr, James Morrison, Billy Cobham, Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Bobby Shew, Buddy DeFranco, Joe Williams, The Four Tops and the Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Michael Bolton.
While in Australia he performed regularly with the Don Rader Quintet and the Mike Knock Quartet. His career has taken him from London to New York. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the Wellington International Jazz Fest and Christchurch Festival of the Arts.

Saxophonist Craig Walters has emerged as one of the country’s strongest voices.”
Sydney Morning Herald

Craig Walters in action

Set starts @ 7pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Steve Mitchell Band

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm.
The Steve Mitchell Band will be playing @ 6pm.
When: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry – covers five bands. Under 16s free.

The Steve Mitchell Band serves up a soulful stew of original songs, loose-goosey blues, gems from the vaults of classic American roots music and more. The style is semi-acoustic, lo-fi and funky with Steve’s slide, fingerstyle guitar and mandolin driven by the rollin’ tumblin’ rhythm section of bassist Danny Sugar and drummer Lenny Chick.
Mitchell’s original songs share the set list with tunes by Blind Blake, Jimmy Liggins, Nick Lowe, Taj Mahal, Joseph Spence, Chuck Berry and Jake Bugg. Expect the unexpected, with persistent good-humour and a chance of extra guest musicians.

Steve Mitchell Band photo

Set starts @ 6pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

T-Bone Kate & the Sizzlers

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm.
T-Bone Kate & the Sizzlers will be playing @ 5pm.
Date: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry – covers five bands. Under 16s free.

T-Bone Kate and the Sizzlers play foot tapping dixie tunes from the dawn of the jazz age.

Made up largely from members of the world famous (in Nelson) Nelson Jazz Club Big Band, the band features the legendary (T-bone) Kate Redgrove on trombone, Dave North on clarinet, Mark Rawdon pounding out the rhythm, Mason Robinson on trumpet and Jeff Swanney with his favourite squeeze – Fat Sally – providing the bass.

The band have only formed recently, but already are playing regularly around Nelson. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear some great music to complement a cold drink on a sunny Nelson summer day.

Set starts @ 5pm

Founders Park Twilight Concert

Nelson Jazz Club Big Band

Where: Founders Park – concert starts @ 4pm.
Nelson Jazz Club Big Band will be playing @ 4pm.
When: Friday 5th January 2018
$10 gate entry – covers five bands. Under 16s free.

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band is styled after the great bands of the Forties and Fifties. It’s a traditional stage band that plays syncopated written arrangements with improvised solos. Most people will be familiar with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, but Big Bands have been popular since the dawn of jazz and show no sign of losing their appeal, with new arrangements of contemporary music appearing all the time.

The Nelson Jazz Club Big Band has been in existence for more than twenty years, and has played at every Nelson Jazz Festival since its inception as well as playing regular gigs in the region.

Set starts @ 4pm