Revamped Queenstown jazz fest to return

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A Queenstowner involved in the revamped jazz festival says the calibre of artists made for an outstanding event.

Musician and local Harcourts real estate agent Richard Stringer, who was on the bill during the four-day Queenstown International Jazz & Blues Festival last weekend, says it’s been a successful revival of the event taken over this year by new festival director Billy TK Junior.

TK Junior, Stringer and top visiting acts like veteran musician Paul Ubana Jones and Australian diva Renee Geyer wowed crowds across nine venues during the festival from Thursday to last Sunday.

After-party jam sessions at Captains restaurant were packed each night, Stringer says.

The festival finished with a gig up the Skyline complex on Sunday night.

“Near blizzard conditions outside did nothing to deter close to 200 concert goers who took the opportunity to hear the cream of the festival perform one more time. Roll on next year – this has been a huge success and an amazing revival of the Jazz & Blues Festival format for Queenstown,” Stringer says.

It’s understood TK Junior is keen to build on the event for next year.