The relaxed crowd at the Good Friday Groove at Rangihoua in 2016.

While retaining inspirational jazz performances, a new focus of this year’s festival is on contemporary music, demonstrations of abstract and figurative painting involving national treasures Dick Frizzell and Richard Adams, free-form live jazz, and of course, the audience.

“I wanted to branch out from my passion, which is jazz, into other areas that I felt could engage other sectors of the community on the island,” John says, “and also, thinking of the future of this festival, to offer more bespoke jazz concert opportunities but also provide a much broader range of music as well. • Safia Archer

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