Trudy Lile & Mojave - March 3rd
New Zealand born jazz flutist and vocalist Trudy Lile is well known to audiences around New Zealand jazz festivals, and has been a regular feature to Coopers Creek audiences, performing with her band Mojave who are considered some of New Zealand’s finest professional jazz musicians. The repertoire is a fresh, sophisticated and energetic blend of great things jazz and latin with a warm infectious groove delivered with cheek and wit! www.trudylile.co.nz
Maria O’Flaherty & Ben Fernandez Quartet - March 10th
A talented band of Auckland based musicians with their own unique style and vibrant performances. Their repertoire stretches from lively renditions of Jazz standards, Latin and folk influences, French Chanson & funky grooves. A great line up of some of NZ’s best jazz musicians. www.mariaoflaherty.com
Chris Mason Battley Group - March 17th
The Chris Mason-Battley Group is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary jazz groups with a passion for exploring new sonic territory. With 4 albums to date, they have relentlessly pushed beyond the boundaries of jazz into the worlds of taonga puoro, contemporary classical and ambient music. Continuing this journey, CMB Group is now venturing into the world of classic rock and pop, with dynamic, creative covers of the music of luminary artists such as The Police, Bowie, Queen, The Beatles, Dave Dobbyn and Split Enz. www.musictech.co.nz
The De Sotos - March 24th
Fuelled by a powerful blend of rock-infused country blues, The DeSotos combine rich harmonies with reverberant guitar sounds, chunky bass runs and warm flourishes of Hammond organ. Alt Americana Country, NZ style. 'Shadow of Love' Paul's new solo album recorded with The DeSotos was released in April 2017 and gained strong critical acclaim. The DeSotos are: Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars, blues harp; Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals; Ron Stevens – Hammond, keyboards, vocals; Michael Burrows – drums, vocals. www.facebook.com/thedesotos www.thedesotos.com
ViVa Jazz Quartet - March 31st
The Viva Jazz Quartet is one of NZ’s coolest jazz groups; they have played together for over 25 years, bringing a lifetime of musical experience and entertainment to the stage. The group consists of Miles Tremlett (saxes), Darren Smith (keys), Dean Tremlett (bass), and Matt Hennessy (drums). Long-time friends, these guys believe it’s about having fun and making sure their audience enjoys the performance as much as Viva enjoys playing it.
Viva Jazz plays a variety of popular jazz styles in their performance - Swing standards, Bebop, Latin favourites like Chick Corea's Spain, and recent Contemporary pieces from Yellow Jackets, Scofield, and Spyro Gyra.
Bringing a unique stylish upbeat approach to their show, Viva Jazz has something for every jazz lover.