The annual Wellington Jazz Festival is the highlight of Aotearoa’s mid-winter music calendar, featuring some of the finest musicians from across New Zealand and around the globe.

Jazz aficionados and intrepid newcomers can explore more than 100 gigs across the city, with five days of serious play bringing the sounds and spirit of jazz to the capital’s streets, cafes, bars and live music venues.


Our People

Festival Team

Marnie Karmelita
Creative Director

Meg Williams
Executive Director

Suzy Cain
Executive Coordinator

Leanne Greenwood
Head of Business Services

Soichi Mukai
Assistant Accountant

Stefan Treyvaud
Head of Marketing and Story

Lara Signal
Marketing and Communications Manager

Ben Emerson
Marketing Coordinator

Heather O'Carroll
Head of Audience and Partnerships
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Emma Carter
CRM Project Manager

Angela Green
Head of Programming

Eva Prowse
Senior Producer

Paul O'Brien
Head of Technical and Production

Tānemahuta Gray
Kairautaki Māori

Festival Board

Geoff Dangerfield
Executive Chair

Matt Bale

Les Foy

Charles Royal Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi

Arthur Grimes

Elizabeth Kerr MNZM

Justin Lester

Anna Kominik

Susan Freeman-Greene

Wayne Mulligan Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Maniapoto


Our Partners

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contribution of our 2019 Festival Partners and Funders. Find out more about how to Become a Partner.