All that jazz selling now

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Tickets are now on sale and a programme is ready for the annual Queenstown JazzFest. 

The programme – being mail-dropped this week and also available at ASB branches – showcases more than 150 local, national and international acts appearing at the five-day spectacular from October 21-25. 

One of the most popular is expected to be the Jazz Club, held over four nights at Memorial Hall downtown. 

From the sultry tones of Peggy Lee to the big band bonanza that is Rodger Fox, this is where the stars of this year’s bash will shine, festival director Simon Green says. 

“The focus of our concert events has been to come up with something that’s for everyone and there are also some good local nights where people can dress up and have a dance,” he says. 

The October 21 opening gala at the Memorial Hall is a tribute to Queenstown singing stalwart Margaret O’Hanlon. 

At 6pm the next night, Kiwi legend Fox directs an eight-piece band celebrating the music of the legendary Peggy Lee. 

This is followed at 8pm by a big band extravaganza that also features Bill Cunliffe and Bob Sheppard from the United States. On October 23, Queenstown chanteuse Kiri Winders stars in Try Swinging This, belting out classic numbers from the 1940s. And on Sunday, October 24, Auckland’s 13-strong Batucada Sound Machine takes the stage for some big sounds and rhythms. 

Tickets are available from the usual outlets plus online from www.asbjazzfest.co.nz.