The Nairobi Trio will star at the Jazz Festival in Waipu.
What started out as a proposed jam session for local bands to get together has morphed into a fully-fledged jazz festival in Waipu this weekend.
Organisers of Jazz Festival, Dave Brown and Debi Walters-Brown, say the jam session idea came about as a way of encouraging performers who had been denied performance opportunities during lockdown.
But when the couple thought more deeply about it, they realised their Tahamoana Angora Goat farm, overlooking Bream Bay, was the perfect place to host their first jazz festival.
The property boasts park-like grounds and a natural ampitheatre.
Performers quickly lined up to participate. They include the Red Arrows, Thelonious Punk, the Joe Carbery Quartet, Little Band, SMB, Nairobi Trio, Maggie Cocco, Mirabella Uphof & the Panimals, Basin City Big Band and Maura Flower.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their swimwear and a picnic. Waipu Cove Beach is only 2.5km down the road on a newly completed cycle/walkway. Attendees will be able to drop in and out of the festival during the afternoon and evening as they please.
The festival takes place on Sunday, January 17, at Tahamoana, 566 Cove Road Waipu, and runs from noon until 10pm. Tickets are $35 for a day pass, and $6 for children under 14.