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Jazz at the zoo with Nathan Haines

Jazz at the zoo with Nathan Haines

Chill out in the lush surroundings of Auckland Zoo when international jazz maestro Nathan Haines performs his unique brand of improvised acoustic jazz on Sunday 13 February (from 6pm to 9pm), in the third ASBZooMusic concert.

Nathan Haines’ virtuosity as a jazz musician has won him fans and collaborators around the world. He cut his teeth playing clubs in Auckland in the early nineties, went on to study in New York, which turned him on to the concept of fusing jazz with modern dance grooves, then settled in London, where he recorded his popular Squire For Hire album.

His list of collaborators reads like a who’s who of jazz and funk, while his Shift Left album, recorded in 1995, remains the highest selling New Zealand jazz album to date.

A regular on the international jazz circuit, with a focus on club and dance venues, Haines decided to return to both New Zealand and a more traditional jazz style in 2004, focusing on vocal-led acoustic jazz in more intimate settings.

Supporting Haines at his Zoo concert will be folk/jazz singer Caitlin Smith and her jazz trio. Smith’s vocal prowess is well-known on the Auckland live music scene, and her sultry voice is guaranteed to delight.

Haines is just one of a diverse range of artists bringing the hottest Kiwi music to the zoo this summer, in the ASBZooMusic series. Nathan Haines is followed by Katchafire, Goodshirt and Nesian Mystik in a series that runs until Saturday 5 March, the latter two concerts also being part of AK05 Auckland Festival. Each concert features great guest artists.

“The ASBZooMusic concerts are a showcase for some of the best Kiwi music on offer,” says Auckland Zoo Events Co-ordinator, Jackie Sanders. “It is such a unique and enjoyable environment. Last year was our first ASBZooMusic series, and the concerts were a big hit. We are delighted to have ASB Bank back on board supporting the series, and are excited to have top Kiwi acts from such diverse musical genres.”

Most of the animals will still be up in the warmth of the summer evenings, so come early and hang out in Auckland's best park with your family and friends. Bring a picnic, or pre-order a Zoo Hamper from the Visitors’ Centre (phone 09 360 3805), for $30, $45 or $70. You can also purchase dinner from Darwin's café or the BBQs we'll have set up near the Band Rotunda. Darwin's is licensed, and we'll also have a fully licensed bar set up in the grounds, where a range of Coopers Creek wines will be available.

Tickets for Nathan Haines’ concert and other ASBZooMusic events can be pre-purchased through Ticketek, or from the zoo. With limited capacity, and tickets already selling, we recommend advance booking. Tickets: Adults $20, Children (4+yrs) $10, Students and Seniors $15, a 3-ticket pass $50. Ticket prices include admission to the zoo. To find out more about ASBZooMusic, visit http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/.

ASBZooMusic Key Dates:
Sunday 13 February (6pm – 9pm) Nathan Haines
Sunday 20 February (6pm – 9pm) Katchafire
Saturday 26 February (6pm – 9pm) Goodshirt (part of AK05)
Saturday 5 March (6pm – 9pm) Nesian Mystik (part of AK05)

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