Legendary blues singer confirms Christchurch concert
Best-selling American blues singer and multi-Grammy award winner Bonnie Raitt will headline the New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival in Christchurch in April.
Raitt has become an institution in American music, releasing 18 albums over the 30-year span of her musical career. She has won nine Grammy Awards and her 1991 Luck of the Draw album, featuring the hit single “Something to Talk About,” went seven-times platinum.
Raitt’s Christchurch concert on April 13 — part of her international Souls Alike tour — marks the start of the New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival and represents a major coup for festival organizers.
Festival marketing manager Marianne Hargreaves is ecstatic a musician of Raitt’s calibre is going to perform as part of the festival.
“She’s legendary and it’s great we’re giving New Zealand fans a chance to see her perform live. We couldn’t ask for a better way to start the festival. This truly is going to be a festival to remember,” Hargreaves says.
The festival runs for nine days and features a fantastic lineup of international performers as well as some of New Zealand’s best musicians. Details can be found online at www.jazzfestivalnz.com.
The Christchurch International Jazz Festival, now named The New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, began in 1998 as a biennial event and is now presented annually.
The largest jazz festival in New Zealand, the event comprises more than 100 national and international jazz artists performing at a variety of venues in the Christchurch region.
The Festival is core funded by the Christchurch City Council and receives donations from a range of other in-kind, contra and financial supporters.
9/4/07 ~ East Coast Blues and Roots Fest, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
13/4/07 ~ The New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival, Christchurch, NZ
14/4/07 ~ Aotea Center, Auckland, New Zealand