About the Tauranga Jazz Society

Jeff Baker
Jeff Baker – President

We look forward with great optimism for 2022 and for the future of Jazz in our community.

It gives us great pleasure to present the 59th National Jazz Festival in 2022. Once again Covid has had a major influence this year and the festival is now taking place on New Zealand’s first Matariki public holiday weekend. This is an exciting alternative and we are eager to present a new dynamic to the Downtown Carnival. Instead of the usual outdoor stages on the Strand we will move the action into the bars and cafes for a more intimate experience. We are also delighted to include ‘Jazz at the Mount’ on Mount Mainstreet on Matariki Friday.

We will again be showcasing the best of local talent and, as last year showed, the acts we were able to present were of international standard and are a testament to the depth of talent we have in New Zealand. In part this is due to the school music programmes which offer jazz as an option.

We welcome the many hundreds of students from around New Zealand who come to compete in the National Youth Jazz Competition held in conjunction with the Jazz Festival. These are held at Baycourt and are now in their 44th year and we cannot wait to see these young people performing over the week of the festival. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors and funders, a special thank you to Tauranga City Council, TECT and our new principal festival partner, Port of Tauranga. We look forward to continuing our association with them in 2022 and beyond.

Host City Message

Kia ora koutou jazz lovers!

Anne Tolley
Anne Tolley

The 2022 National Jazz Festival is the 59th to be hosted right here in the heart of Tauranga. The festival is a musical treasure trove and I’m delighted to welcome jazz fans to one of the city’s great, home-grown events, which due to Covid-19, is being held over the Matariki long weekend this year.

Take a look at the programme and you’ll understand why the festival has such a loyal following. It literally offers something for everyone, featuring some of New Zealand’s top jazz musicians in a range of settings, including the Sunset Jazz Cruise, the Hurricane Parties and the two-day Downtown Carnival in the CBD. It is also a showcase for some of the very best emerging jazz players from across Aotearoa, who are here to take part in the National Youth Jazz Competition.

Events like this play a key part in promoting the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of our city. That’s why Tauranga City Council is proud to continue its close association with this iconic festival.

On behalf of the community, I extend a very warm welcome to all of our visitors. Please enjoy some musical magic with us and while you’re here, sample some delicious local cuisine, enjoy our beautiful beaches (which are spectacular even in winter), and check out the many attractions of New Zealand’s fastest growing city.

Anne Tolley
Commission Chair
Tauranga City Council

Tauranga Jazz Society Committee

  • Jeff Baker – President 
  • Andrea Pooley (Vice President) 
  • Wayne Melville 
  • David Porter 
  • Mandy Ryan 
  • Liam Ryan 

Festival Team

  • Marc Anderson Festival Manager
  • Mandy Ryan General Manager
  • Liam Ryan National Youth Jazz Competition Manager
  • Olivia Sheehan Festival Team
  • Rose Webb Festival Team
  • Damian Lunson Website
  • Clare Birch, Lowercase g – Design

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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