Malcolm and son on show

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Kiwi singing legend Malcolm McNeill’s up­­­coming JazzFest gig will be a family affair. 

The Christchurch crooner hosts a lunchtime show at Queenstown’s Skyline com­­­plex on Sunday, October 24. 

And he’s delighted his Aussie-based guitar-playing son Abraham will join his backing trio, which also features sax supremo Roger Mannins and gypsy-jazz guitarist Keith Petch. 

“Abraham now lives in Brisbane and it’s been a while since we worked together, so the Queenstown concert will be special for us both,” Malcolm says. 

McNeill has been wowing audiences worldwide for more than 30 years. 

When he sang at a gala dinner in Christchurch for former US President Bill Clinton in 1999, Clinton afterwards commented: “That’s my kinda music – a terrific singer and a really great voice.” 

At Skyline, McNeill will belt out a mix of classics and originals. 

“Among other jazz standards, I’ll be singing the music of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart,” he says. 

“I’ll also be doing a few contemporary songs and one or two of my own numbers. 

“I’m looking forward to the Queenstown show because these kinds of lunchtime events tend to have a nice, relaxed atmosphere.”