Getting into the swing of things
Dixieland, swing, bebop and other jazz grooves will be free for the listening at the Levin Adventure Park on Sunday.
Starting at midday, Jazz In The Park is a five-hour concert organised by the Levin Performing Arts Society. Bands include Kapiti's Pavlova, May Holidays and Classic Jazz, performing after the opening set by the Levin and Districts Brass Band.
Band president Chris Craddock, also president of the Performing Arts Society, said just over 400 people attended last year's hour-long Brass in the Park and he hoped even more people would be drawn to Sunday's ''expanded'' concert.
''Last time it was just our Levin band, whereas this time there will be four bands performing a whole afternoon of jazz,'' he said.
''We are a traditional brass band which will play in a jazz style [this Sunday], whereas the Kapiti bands are known for jazz.''
Craddock said Horowhenua Creative Communities had covered the costs of the Kapiti bands which he described as ''some of the very best''.
Paekakariki-based Pavlova performed all originals, he said.
May Holidays was another popular band, he said, and included saxophonist and keyboard player Felicity Fox, sister of Wellington's Rodger Fox, regarded as New Zealand's top trombonist, as well as big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.
Classic Jazz performed over several hours at last month's Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club's Summer Festival at Otaki.
Craddock said there would be great variety among the four bands.
''So, make up a picnic basket, bring a blanket and come along for a great afternoon of jazz.''
The Levin and Districts Brass Band perform at midday, followed by Pavlova at 1pm, May Holidays at 2.20pm and Classic jazz at 3.40pm.
The event will be moved to the Levin Performing Arts Centre in Queen St East if wet.
- Horowhenua Mail