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People will be able to have their jazz served with a slice of fine dining at a series of ticketed dinner concerts during this year’s JazzFest.

JazzFest spokesperson Luke Baldock said Wild Thyme at Sky City Queenstown Casino and Crowne Plaza’s threesixty Restaurant & Bar would be the venues for the concerts which would feature some of JazzFest’s top acts.

“It’s a nod in the direction of the golden age of jazz clubs when people used to dine and listen to great jazz by the hottest bands, “ he said. “We’re sure the dinner series will be extremely popular with jazz aficionados and foodies alike.”

Wild Thyme was hosting two dinner concerts from the Stevie Rice Quartet while threesixty would feature the Reuben Bradley Trio and the Jason Thornton Quartet.

“This is the first time the Stevie Rice Quartet has appeared at JazzFest and we’re looking forward to hearing their eclectic mix of jazz, blues, swing, Latin and popular classics,” Mr Baldock said.

“New Zealand group The Reuben Bradley Trio will be offering intriguing arrangements of old and new standards, exploring styles from bebop to swing and beyond, while Jason Thornton will bring with him not just a talent honed by playing with big names like Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Gloria Estefan and James Taylor, but a group of top notch musicians.”

Tickets for the dinner events are available through the venue and include a special three course menu and a complimentary glass of bubbles for each ticket holder. Diners would also be able to stay on for the free late night entertainment at each venue: Adam Page at Skycity Casino and Mundi at threesixty 

Mr Baldock said as well as the ticketed dinner shows,there was also an extensive programme of free gigs taking place at JazzFest official venues.

“Every one of the gigs we’ve organised is a highlight but I think people will be especially attracted to hear the sublime voice of UK singer Gilly Darbey at the Post Office Café and long time locals will be keen to welcome back former Queenstowner Janelle Aston who’ll be playing with Queenstown’s legendary keyboardist Mark Wilson at the Left Bank Cafe, “Mr Baldock said.

“Sky Bar plays host to 2 Five 9 from Auckland featuring world class bass player Andy Atwill and night owls will love the Late Night Jam session at 1 o’clock on Monday morning which promises to be very lively indeed”

Full details of the JazzFest 2011 programme can be found online at www.queenstownjazzfest.co.nz




For further information, contact Luke Baldock phone 027 498 0699

Dinner Series @ Wild Thyme - Stevie Rice Quartet 6:30pm Friday 21 October and 7pm Saturday 22 October

SKYCITY Queenstown Casino

Ticketed dinner $55 (R20) Includes a special 3 course menu with complimentary glass of bubbles. Bookings essential: (03) 441 0400


Dinner Series @ threesixty - Reuben Bradley Trio Friday 21 October and Jason Thornton Quartet Saturday 22 October

7:00pm, threesixty Restaurant & Bar

Ticketed Dinner $59 Includes a special 3 course menu with complimentary glass of bubbles. Bookings essential: (03) 442 5360