The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival
The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival runs from 22 April to 27 April 2014. This year’s festival will use a hotel ballroom, churches, restaurants and bars as venues.
Jazz and blues resources
A brief history
During the Christchurch Arts Festival of 1996 there was a cabaret season called Jazz it up. Utilizing venues such as The Edge, The Harbourlight, the Blue Note Restaurant and the Dux de Lux the season featured such artists as Lee Konitz and George Golla and locals like the CPIT Jazz School Big Band.
The Montana Christchurch International Jazz Festival began in 1998 as a biennial event and is now presented annually. The festival features national and international jazz and blues artists performing at a variety of venues around Christchurch.
The festival has a long association with the Jazz School at CPIT and was formally launched the same week the Jazz School was founded. The school has been used as a venue and pupils and teachers regularly appear as performers. Jazz School staff have also acted as members of the trust.