A huge welcome to one and all to our 60th Jazz Festival.

We are celebrating New Zealand’s top jazz talent with concerts for every taste! The TECT Jazz Village will play host to a wide variety of acts. We welcome Mount Maunganui jazz lovers with Jazz at the Mount, and Katikati folk with a Jazz Street Party.

2023 is also the 50th Anniversary of the Rodger Fox Big Band and we look forward to their performance and many other wonderful concerts at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre.

Many thanks to our principal funders, Port of Tauranga, TECT and the Tauranga City Council and all of our other sponsors. Without their assistance this event would not be possible.

Please enjoy this iconic Tauranga weekend. Long may it continue.

Kia ora koutou,

What an exciting time for jazz and our city, with our beloved National Jazz Festival celebrating its 60th year! On behalf of our community, I am thrilled to welcome jazz-lovers back to one of Tauranga’s greatest home-grown events.

It’s fantastic to see the festival will be back in full force this year over Easter. I am especially excited for the return of crowd-pleasers like the TECT Jazz Village at The Historic Village, which transports attendees to the New Orleans French Quarter through music and dancing on the streets, and the Downtown Carnival, with both indoor and outdoor entertainment

sprawling across Tauranga’s city centre.

This festival has something for everyone — it showcases Aotearoa’s top jazz musicians in venues across the city, while nurturing emerging artists through the National Youth Jazz Competition. Almost 500 young musicians from across Aotearoa will compete at Baycourt Community & Arts Centre in the competition, so make sure you get along to support our future jazz stars.

Tauranga City Council is very proud to support this event. While you’re here we hope you find the time to enjoy our beautiful beaches and trails, and sample some of our delicious local cuisine.

Have a magical, jazz-filled festival!

Festival Team
  • Marc Anderson Festival Manager
  • Mandy Ryan General Manager
  • Liam Ryan National Youth Jazz Competition Manager
  • Damian Lunson Website
  • Clare Birch, Lowercase g Design
Tauranga Jazz Society Committee
  • Jeff Baker President
  • Andrea Pooley Vice President
  • Wayne Melville
  • David Porter
  • Mandy Ryan
  • Liam Ryan
  • Tim Gillon