Fresh Jam is the idiosyncratic name of our College Jazz Showcase which is held each year about a month before the Jazz in Martinborough Festival.
JIM is committed to fostering young jazz talent, and each year Fresh Jam showcases the best of college jazz – big bands, combos and groups from each of the participating Wairarapa secondary schools.
A brand new musical instrument is also donated to a college in a random draw, which this year is being provided by the South Wairarapa Lions.
Fresh Jam is a free event for participants and audience alike. The general public is invited to attend on a first-come, first served basis.
The event provides a unique opportunity for the students to play jazz in an acoustically-acclaimed auditorium in front of an appreciative audience. The students value the fact that it is not a competition or examination, and the musicianship and fellowship displayed is a credit to the fine young musicians who participate
For a closer look at earlier Fresh Jams, check out the links below: