The Weekend Sun Competition


It has been a great summer for jazz in the Bay. So says Tauranga Jazz Society President Jeff Baker.


“As well as our regular monthly jazz jam at Mount Social Club, there has been jazz featuring at many cafes over the summer,” says Jeff, “and we are excited to say there's plenty more to come!”


Plans are now well underway for the 58th National Jazz Festival this Easter, hosted once again by The Tauranga Jazz Society.


“We start the festival with the 43rd National Youth Jazz Competition at Baycourt on March 31,” says Jeff. “We have 400 students registered from 30 schools competing as 28 combos and 17 big bands for trophies and prizes. It’s our biggest competition yet!


“We hope you will make the effort to come along and cheer the students on - you will be amazed by their talent.”


The well-loved TECT Jazz Village event is back on Good Friday, with a great line-up of bands including Rodger Fox Funkbone, Miho’s Jazz Orchestra and the Hipstamatics – something for everyone’s musical tastes. There’ll also be food trucks, art and craft stalls, refreshments, fun rides and Easter activities for the children.


“Pack the kids, bring a chair and settle in for a family day of fun. We hope to see you there,” says festival manager Marc Anderson.
Don’t miss To Phil Broadhurst with Love - a tribute to one of New Zealand’s leading jazz artists.
The Kiwi Jazz Legends and the Auckland Jazz Orchestra celebrate the music of well-known pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster Phil, who was widely respected and much loved by Tauranga Jazz Festival audiences. It is a pleasure to present this tribute to his music.
Join Phil’s wife Julie Mason as she leads the Kiwi Jazz Legends, performing Phil’s favourite standards.
This is followed by The Auckland Jazz Orchestra performing a selection of Phil’s recorded works.


There are world-class jazz concerts at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, a two-day Downtown Carnival jazz party on Saturday and Sunday, an elegant jazz High Tea with Lady Larisa, and more.


Check out the programme online at:




The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see To Phil Broadhurst with Love, for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Richard Wiggelsworth!