Jazz Festival history - the 00s

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Jocelyn Buchanan, former Tauranga Jazz Society president, put together a visual history of the festival which showcased at Creative Tauranga from March 30 over the Easter period. This poster represented the 2000s.


The Noughties


The Youth Band Competition remains an exciting part of the competition and is now held over two days with 25 bands competing for the trophies. The Festival places bands in bars in downtown Tauranga and later expands into Mount Maunganui.


Think Easter, Think Jazz, Think Tauranga becomes the catch cry of the Festival with merchandise sold bearing the slogan. Merchandise sales always ran at a lost and ceased in later years.


The city recognizes the Jazz Festival as a flagship event and funding is provided. The Youth Band Competition celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Northcote College winning the Best Big Band Trophy yet again.


The Festival is recognized twice with the Bay of Plenty Tourism Award and also wins the Innovator Award. These achievements help renew Montana’s sponsorship.


The breadth of jazz is expanded as gospel concerts are held at Holy Trinity Church on Good Friday. The growth of the Festival necessitates employing a paid administrator and Jo Bond (2006-2010) fills the position. In the age of the Internet www.jazz.org becomes the official website.


As Montana ends its sponsorship of the Festival and volunteers are lacking, a smaller festival takes place. Streets are closed downtown to accommodate bands which appear on five stages. This shares the performers with all patrons and allows the bars and restaurants to provide food and beverages service. To control the ‘Downtown Carnival’, bars and restaurants require a special liquor license to take part. This action ensures they contribute to the event as well as taking great profits over Easter.


The Festival has grown to such an extent that it can no longer be run by volunteers. Arne Hermann is appointed by the Tauranga Jazz Society as the Festival’s first professional Director. He in turn appoints an Artistic Director and project managers. Exciting new innovations include jazz on a steam train, river boat and the jazz village. Headline acts such as Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr John and Shorty Trombone bring performers to Tauranga that most kiwis would not expect to see live. Over 60,000 attend the Festival.

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