2019 JIM Festival Lineups

The ninth spring festival of Jazz in Martinborough will see its main acts return to the newly refurbished Martinborough Town Hall on 29 August 2019.

The NZSM Big Band One will test out the new acoustics of the hall to the fullest, Jan Preston will share tales of her wild life with pianos and The Zak Pack will serve up timeless classics from the great American Songbook.

In between these great acts you can check out the 30+ free gigs held in local cafes, wine bars, and restaurants in our community of cool. View the full programme here.

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If you are looking for accommodation in Martinborough during the festival, call the local visitor specialists at the Martinborough i-SITE 06 306 5010.

NZSM Big Band One

Start the festival with NZSM Big Band One, featuring the country’s best up and coming jazz talent drawn from the cream of jazz majors from the New Zealand School of Music.

The Bands come under the musical direction of Dr Rodger Fox, New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist and big band leader. The NZSM Big Band One performs a cross-section of material made famous by bands and artists such as Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich, Bill Holman, Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson.

Jan Preston – 88 Pianos I Have Known

Friday night at the Town Hall sees Jan Preston finally coming to the festival proper with her show 88 Pianos I Have Known.  

Projected images combine with unforgettable biographical stories, original songs and piano music, which will move you from tears to laughter. Underpinned by Jan’s thrilling virtuosity (together with her trio) audiences will be tapping and clapping, and may leave never look at a piano quite the same way again.

Jan Preston is known as Australia’s Queen of boogie piano. She is a magnetic live performer and astonishing piano player with a rich resonant voice. Her original songs, compositions and mastery of boogie-woogie captivate audiences at festivals and in concerts around the world.

The Zak Pack – Let’s Misbehave

The Saturday night show at the festival will see the fabulous, entertaining and exciting Zak Pack  deliver ‘Let’s Misbehave’,  a tribute to the Great American Songbook.

The Zak Pack is a five-piece jazz combo that have captivated audiences around New Zealand with their tight arrangements and smooth sound. This show featured in the Queenstown Jazz Festival for three consecutive years with great success and will have new and classic arrangements to the tunes that everyone is familiar with.

The Zak Pack features accomplished jazz guitarist and vocalist Zak Dikvert, pianist and composer Anita Schwabe, New Zealand bass-playing icon Nick Tipping, drummer extraordinaire Greg Crawford and festival local and saxophonist Alex Nyman.

Also ‘misbehavin’ with the band for this tribute are the superb Chris Fox on trombone and the characterful Lauren Armstrong as a guest vocalist.


JIM Anthology

Check out our Anthology to  find out more about any Jazz in Martinborough event. Here you will find a complete list of every artist who we have had the pleasure to work with, plus links to photos, videos and reviews. If you don’t know what to expect at our annual jazz festival, start here!

If you have some of your own memories to share of a JIM event, please contact us at jazzinmartinborough@gmail.com so we can add them to the Anthology.