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Start the festival with this eclectic mix of musicians who deliver an equally diverse mix of jazz music and styles.
The Sue Pugmire Jazz Combo is a collection of some of Palmerston North’s leading jazz musicians and music teachers. The accomplished 5-piece has played jazz at festivals, concerts, community events and private functions both locally and nationally since 1999.
The multi-instrumental combo play a mixture of songs and instrumentals from the 1920s to the present day that include jazz, blues, latin, bebop and even a little improvised funk.
Sue Pugmire (vocals) formed the combo in 1999 in Palmerston North with local pianist Fred Potter, who was later replaced by Chris Dann. Stephanie McKenzie (alto & soprano sax, flute, clarinet) joined shortly after while Jason Wilcox (bass, guitar) is the newcomer to the band, who also performs with Sue as Songbird Duo.
The combo has included several members of the Laurindsen family over the years and will feature Neville (bass, fluegel horn and trumpet) and Hayden (drums) for this year’s festival.
As well as playing together in The Sue Pugmire Jazz Combo, Sue, Jason and Stephanie will also be performing as a trio at the festival.
“Sue has a really strong voice that compliments the beautiful mellow tone of Stephanie McKenzie’s sublime saxophone playing” says Lee Quayle, Music Director. “When you add that to the musical brilliance of the other members of the Combo, it’s just magic.”
Each member of the combo is a superb musician in their own right, with a range of musical interests and styles. Their diversity results in energetic performances full of confidence and passion.
For more information about Jazz in Martinborough 2017 go to the website
*Please note that these tickets do not include your dinner reservations at The Village Cafe, this will need to be arranged with the Cafe directly.