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Magic Taittinger Jazz Weekend at Bay of Many Coves

Magic Taittinger Jazz Weekend at Bay of Many Coves

Two firm favourites of the exclusive Bay Of Many Coves resort and its guests are returning for a special Taittinger Luxury Jazz Weekend next month.

Kevin Clark and Fran Barton have been thrilling New Zealand audiences for four decades and now they’re bringing their unique repertoire of jazz standards to the 5-star resort from August 16-18, 2013.

A special treat will be Fran Barton’s tribute to Peggy Lee. Kevin and Fran, together with bass player, Rowan Clark, will celebrate one of the great jazz eras on the Friday night with music from the Peggy Lee songbook.

During the weekend, they promise an unforgettable experience as they take us from New Orleans jazz through boogie woogie, fun songs to the special experience that is French inspired jazz.

In the past Kevin, Fran and Rowan have sold out every performance and Co-Owner of Bay Of Many Coves, Murray McCaw, advises enthusiasts to book early for the magic weekend.

“They’re at the top of their game and their music is exciting and enduring because of their remarkable talent,” Murray says.

Vocalist Fran Barton and pianist-trumpeter-composer-arranger, Kevin Clark, came together in the 1970s as an iconic combination and, since then, they’re performed on radio, in live performances, in studio recordings, restaurants and private and corporate functions.

Kevin is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated musicians and composers and has been awarded two New Zealand Music Awards Tuis for Best Jazz Albums.

Fran sings on three of Kevin’s CDs and will be warmly remembered as vocalist on Brian Edwards’ legendary live-to-air TV shows in the 1970s.

The music from this versatile duo extends from modern and classical jazz to ragtime and New Orleans and swing, bop and beyond.

As an additional and optional highlight, Kevin will hold a workshop on the Saturday morning where he’ll provide a humorous and enlightened introduction to the history of jazz. Kevin’s background includes lecturing at the New Zealand School of Music and he has a unique skill in talking to and involving his audience.

“Fran and Kevin are the epitomy of entertainment and the quality of their music identifies in every way with the elegance and charm of Bay Of Many Coves,” Murray McCaw says.

“Nowhere is there a more perfect setting for our guests to enjoy the jazz trio than here. With a glass of Taittinger in their hands, a bottle of Taittinger Prestige Rose with their Saturday lunch and the performance of a lifetime over the special degustation dinner, this will be a memorable winter weekend.”

Prices for the Luxury Jazz Weekend start from $860 per person.


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