“An incredible album that feels like the culmination of Tom Scott’s whole career”

The Spinoff

Be there for “an incredible journey of jazz, rap, soul, and spoken word” (Radio13).

West Auckland rapper and hip hop artist Tom Scott brings his “stunning” (NPR) jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the 2020 Wellington Jazz Festival.

“I know Wellington is our country’s bastion for the genre so I hope we can do something that adds to, or at least interrupts, the legacy of the art form. We’ll be playing extended improvised versions of the first record as well as experimenting with new material from our second album out next year”, says Scott.

Influenced by the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, with sounds of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, Scott describes his latest album as “a self-help book addressed to myself” that was “made to be played live”.

Joined by a line-up of some of the country’s top musicians, Scott’s “turn-on-a-pin rhythmic cadence” (Metromag) and his “brutally honest, startlingly raw” lyrics (NZ Herald) will bring you the best night of live music you’ll have this year.

Tonga Vaea
Guy Harrison
JY Lee
Ben Turua
Julien Dyne

“The album, a hugely ambitious and largely autobiographical work of jazz and hip-hop, arrived after many people thought Scott had had his turn.”

NZ Herald

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