ARTicle Magazine

Spotify Playlist: 2018 Wellington Jazz Festival

28 March 2018

The Wellington Jazz Festival returns 6–10 June 2018 with a line-up that includes contemporary jazz greats Chris "Daddy" Dave and Christian McBride. We put together a playlist to showcase our four international headliners and give you a taste of the hot sounds you can expect to hear in June.  

Jazz Fest 2018 International guests

Clockwise from top:Chris Dave, Gretchen Parlato, John Beasley and MONK'estra, Christian McBride

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This year's Wellington Jazz Festival international line-up features:

  • Christian McBride's New Jawn. Bass player Christian McBride is the Artistic Director of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival and a six-time Grammy Award–winner.
  • John Beasleyand his innovative tribute to the unique music of Thelonious Monk, with his 15-piece MONK’estra big band.  
  • Chris "Daddy" Dave, named by Rolling Stone as one of the "100 best drummers of all time", with The Drumhedz
  • Sultry songstress Gretchen Parlato whose eclectic repertoire spans Latin and Brazilian influences to R&B and Pop.

Get into your jazz groove with these 13 swinging tunes: