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Wellington Jazz Festival: The Jac A Gathering and Walking Spirits Double Album Release

13 June 2021

New music from the award-winning octet. 

The Jac is back! A year on from the Covid-enforced online release of their third studio album A Gathering, the band is reforming in 2021 to tour Aotearoa once again, with a follow up album Walking Spirits. 

Featuring material from The Jac's 2017 collaboration with Korean quartet Black String, plus a swathe of brand-new compositions, these albums represent a milestone in their sound. Recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, they are a beautifully-produced snapshot of a band at the height of its powers, showcasing their intricate and immersive compositions, tight ensemble playing and assertive, individual improvising voices. 

The Jac’s song “Tūī”, from A Gathering, was awarded the APRA NZ Best Jazz Composition award in 2020. The Jac headlined the Wellington Jazz Festival in 2017, have featured in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival (Korea), Bukchon Music Festival (Korea), National Jazz and Blues Festival (NZ) and performed throughout Aotearoa, Australia and South Korea. 

Wellington jazz stalwarts Jake Baxendale, Chris Buckland (Saxophones), Callum Allardice (Guitar), Nick Tipping (Bass) and Shaun Anderson (Drums) are joined by the NZSO's Matthew Allison (Trombone) plus special guests Daniel Hayles (Piano) and Ben Hunt (Trumpet) for this special concert as part of the 2021 Wellington Jazz Festival.

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