Singing the blues and all that jazz

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Jazz and blues lovers can get their musical fix at two gigs in Queens­town this weekend. 

Three accomplished blues bands perform at a Blues Review at SkyCity Casino tomorrow night. 

Headlining the evening is Billy TK Junior and the Groove Shakers, along with local talent Ramblin’ Rick Stringer & The Feder­ation and Warwick Murray & The Strange Brew Band from Wellington. 

Billy TK is presently touring his new album Blues Benediction, which has been picked up by record label MGM and is selling well. 

After his South Island tour, Billy TK Jnr heads to Europe and the United States to perform in some large international festivals as part of his album launch. 

His Queenstown gig will be a rare chance for locals to hear one of New Zealand’s leading bluesmen, labelled by New Zealand Musician Magazine as the country’s premier blues guitarist. 

Local muso Stringer has previously toured the country with Billy TK Jnr as a harp player. 

The SkyCity Casino gig starts at 9.30pm. 

Meanwhile, Nairobi Trio’s Richard Adams and celebrated guitarist Nigel Gavin will play Les Alpes Jazz Club on Saturday. 

Violinist and singer Adams, the focal point of New Zealand’s top jazz ensemble, and strings expert Gavin have performed as a duo at concert halls and festivals around the world. 

Frequent visitors to the resort, the Nairobi Trio artists perform at the Church Street restaurant from 8pm.