Jazz School’s four days of madness
The CPIT Jazz School provided musical power, venues and more for the Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival this month with graduates, tutors and current students playing in an incredible array of gigs between 11 to 15 April.
A highlight was the concert by world class trumpeter James Morrison, who was accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Head of the Jazz School Tom Rainey. The sold-out concert also featured six Jazz School tutors.
“James Morrison wowed a large audience at the CBS arena in a programme dedicated to Duke Ellington. Morrison dazzled with his instrumental virtuosity, swapping between trumpet, piano, saxophone and trombone. Always personable and witty, he was able to engender the feel of a small jazz club despite the large venue,” Tom said.
Head of the Jazz School Tom Rainey conducts the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for the James Morrison concert at the New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival (credit Moda Fotografica).
Women in Jazz, La Petite Manouche and Jazz Icons were just some of the concerts featuring musicians and singers who are either graduates or tutors at the Jazz School – or in some cases, both.
However the Jazz School’s involvement went beyond providing musicians, Tom said. “CPIT’s Jazz School was again heavily involved in the staging of the NZ International Jazz and Blues Festival through the provision of venues, organisation, performers and sponsorship. As a result students at the Jazz School were able to access performance opportunities, masterclasses and concerts – including the newly created New Music Collective series in Visions Restaurant. This series featured all original NZ compositions featuring artists collaborating from Christchurch and throughout NZ.”
Jazz School manager Cameron Pearce said the festival was a busy and exciting time. “It is four days of madness. Everyone is in everyone else’s band. We are so grateful to the festival – they give us the gigs and the public really supports what’s on offer.”
Annie Crummer is backed by Oval Office - a CPIT Jazz School tutor collaboration - at the recent New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival (credit Moda Fotografica).
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