The 58th National Jazz Festival has been cancelled.

Tauranga Jazz Society’s top priority is the health and safety of our audience, artists, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and community. Following the recommendation of the New Zealand government and public health officials we regretfully announce, the 58th National Jazz Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

We understand the impact this news brings to so many people. We are communicating directly with all artists, venues, sponsors and staff on next steps. Ticketek will be in contact directly with ticket holders regarding refunds. With regard to the 43rd National Youth Jazz Competition to be held 8 to 9 April, we are considering alternative dates. We will release further information on this once we have consulted with the twenty-seven schools involved.

Since 1963, our nonprofit has been committed to its mission to deliver an artistic and economic benefit to the community by way of a jazz festival – we are sorry we are not able to deliver the wonderful programme we had planned this year.

We are grateful for your understanding and support.

Kevin Field Quartet with Bex Peterson (FIJI)

Kevin Field is a very expressive pianist and he won the audience over with his virtuosic solo - London Jazz News

Kevin Fields

Kevin Field is a very expressive pianist and he won the audience over with his virtuosic solo - London Jazz News

Pianist and composer Kevin Field has collaborated with some of the top international names in jazz including Grammy nominated guitarists Mike Moreno and Nir Felder, and Charles Haynes – drummer/producer for Kanye West and Lada Gaga. He is a well-known name in NZ jazz circles and has performed in the UK, USA and Australia. His latest album Soundtology has just been released in Europe.

In this concert Kevin is joined by one of New Zealand’s greatest expatriate vocalists Bex Peterson. Originally from Auckland, Bex made her name in the jazz scene before branching out in soul and R & B. Under the stage name Sassy, she is a household name in her current home Fiji.

We are excited to bring these two long time collaborators together for a very special one-off concert featuring originals, standards and jazzy interpretations of iconic kiwi pop tunes.


  • Kevin Field – piano
  • Bex Peterson – vocals
  • Michael Howell – guitar
  • Cameron McArthur – bass
  • Stephen Thomas – drums

When & Where

  • Sat 11 April
  • 6pm | 70 minutes no interval
  • Baycourt Community & Arts Centre | X Space Jazz Club      Map


  • General Admission $47*
  • Jazz Society Members $40*
  • Earlybird/Concession $42* - Earlybird closes 14 February 2020

Book At

Physical locations
0800 842 538
* Service fees apply


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COVID-19 Update

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Saturday afternoon tighter border controls, with everyone arriving in New Zealand having to isolate themselves for 14 days. There will be an official government directive on mass gatherings announced early next week.

We are awaiting details of the official requirements from government and local authorities and will update you as soon as possible if this could have any impact on this year’s National Jazz Festival and National Youth Jazz Competition.

Many thanks for your interest and support.

Tauranga Jazz Society