A Great Mix of Jazz

The seventh spring festival of Jazz in Martinborough will bring a wide range of styles to our wine village for four days of entertaining music and events. From New Orleans blues to original modern jazz and everything in between, we have something for everyone. The full programme with all the free gigs is now available here.

Tickets to the three feature acts are on sale now at i-TICKET and are selling fast – so be quick as we sold out last year.

The festival will be held over four days, from Thursday 31 August until Sunday 3 September 2017.  Three feature acts will appear at ticketed events at The Village Café and there will be many free gigs to choose from at other cafes, pubs and restaurants in Martinborough.

The festival will provide a great mix of jazz styles at a range of venues throughout Martinborough. We have some exciting new headline acts, plus the return of some old favourites from Christchurch and Wairarapa.

Our feature acts are the Nigel Patterson Quartet, the Drinking and Dancing Society and the Sue Pugmire Jazz Combo:

  • The Nigel Patterson Quartet will be the eagerly anticipated feature act on Saturday night. The NPQ is brimming with latent and creativity, led by Nigel Patterson from the Black Seeds, one of NZ’s most highly-regarded keyboard players and composers.
  • The Drinking and Dancing Society (DADS) will play on Friday night. “Their bluesy, New Orleans sound will be the perfect way to unwind at the end of the week” says Lee. “The DADS are a very polished outfit who play with confidence and cohesion.”
  • The Sue Pugmire Jazz Combo will open the Festival on Thursday. They bring an eclectic mix of musicians who play a diverse mixture of songs and instrumentals from the 1920s to the present day that includes jazz, blues, latin, bebop and even a little improvised funk.


Sadly our beloved founder and producer, Ian Cresswell, passed away peacefully on June 28 2017, aged 83.

Ian had the original idea for holding a festival of Jazz in Martinborough, which he wrote about in The Story of JiM.

Ian was a stalwart defender of JiM’s purpose and a key part of all of our previous festivals and gigs. This year’s festival of Jazz in Martinborough will be dedicated to his memory.