JIM 2018 Festival Celebrates Women in Jazz

The 8th annual Jazz in Martinborough festival is only a week away! We have already SOLD OUT our Friday and Saturday night events.  To go on a waiting list in case we get cancellations, email jazzinmartinborough@gmail.com. We will contact you if seats become available.  First come, first served!

This year’s theme is Women in Jazz, celebrating New Zealand’s world-leading granting of women the right to vote in 1893. We are going to showcase some great female performers in all our main acts to honour this legacy:

  • Noir (Thursday 30 August) – a sultry blend of cool jazz and mellow mood music fronted by festival favourite, Mary Watson (SOLD OUT)
  • Miho’s Jazz Orchestra (Friday 31 August)  –  a unique blend of world music and jazz, fusing Afro-Cuban flute and Japanese pop (SOLD OUT)
  • Rodger Fox FunkBone Experience with Erna Ferry (Saturday 1 September) – smoky licks, classic funk, down-home blues and remakes of classic jazz standards (SOLD OUT)

As usual, we will also have over 30 free gigs happening at many cafes, restaurants and bars. Female artists feature heavily in these events also, and include Raven’s Trio, Ella and Alex and Stephanie Bishop.

See our full festival programme for more details, and check out the online version of The Jazz Times  which you will now find in many of the local cafes, bars and restaurants in Martinborough village.

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

Commemorative T-Shirts

We are thrilled to announce that we have a stylish t-shirt for this year’s JiM festival, featuring a female jazz singer to celebrate 125 years of Women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

To buy one now and either pick it up at the festival or have it mailed to you, click here for further details. Our stocks are very limited though – so get in quick!

JiM 2018 Main Acts

The opening night of the festival on will feature the stylish Mary Watson and Noir, who have drawn big crowds to Peppers Parehua during previous JIM festivals. We are delighted to showcase Mary’s singing talents for a wider festival audience, and this year Mary has assembled a great band of super musicians who play a wide range of jazz with ease and style.

Miho’s Jazz Orchestra on Friday evening will be one to remember, as they always bring fabulous excitement and energy to their performances. Miho is a jazz floutist and her group has been together since 2011 and has released several albums, including one earlier this year.

The headliner gig on Saturday sees the return of our Patron and New Zealand Jazz legend Rodger Fox, this time with the FunkBone Experience featuring three talented female artists, Erny Ferry (vocals), Eilish Wilson (saxophone) and Lauren Ellis (drums). They wield smoky licks, classic funk, down-home blues and remakes of classic jazz standards with a repertoire that reads likes a who’s who of funk jazz.


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 of the event. If you don’t know what to expect at our annual jazz festival, check out the programme and photos from our 2017 festival.

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.