Queen's Birthday Jazz and Blues Festival presents

THE JAZZ GALA - please not change in programme

Featuring from the USA Saxophonist Bob Mintzer – Guitarist Mike Stern


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mike Stern will NOT be performing tonight. Instead Erna Ferry will take to the stage. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Bob Mintzer (Saxophonist)

Born 27 January 1953 and originally from New Rochelle, New York, Mintzer is what's known as a triple threat musician. He is equally active in the areas of performance, composing/arranging, and music education. While touring with the Yellowjackets or his own quartet, or big band, Bob is busy writing music for big band, various small bands, saxophone quartets, orchestral and concert band music.

Bob has played/recorded with a wide variety of artists ranging from Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, to Jaco Pastorius, Mike Manieri, and Randy Brecker.

Mike Stern (Guitarist)

Six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.  Stern’s career spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings.

Born in Boston in January 1953, Stern grew up in Washington DC, then returned to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music.  During a three-year period following recruitment to Miles Davis’ celebrated comeback band of 1981, Stern appeared on three recordings with the jazz maestro. He toured with Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Band from 1983 through 1985 and returned to Miles Davis' lineup for a second tour of duty. Since this time Mike Stern has performed with everyone in jazz from Michael Brecker to Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bon.

In concert with Rodger Fox’s WELLINGTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Featuring some of Wellington’s best known jazz talent including Colin Hemmingsen, Alex Nyman, Matt Hitti, Lance Philip, Nick Granville, Anita and Nick Van Dyke, and Nick Tipping to name a few.


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click here for more information on Rodger Fox Big Band

Genesis Energy Theatre

Tickets: Adult $50 | Jazz Club, Piano Club, and Friends of Expressions Concession $45 | Student $25