From Historic Village to New Orlean's french quarter

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Tauranga's Historic Village will transform into the New Orleans French Quarter as part of this year's National Jazz Festival.

The village will offer two days of family-friendly fun on April 20 and 21 from the intimate setting of the Layafette Church to outdoor jazz on the Pacific Toyota stage with more than twenty bands and performers.

On Sunday and Monday enthusiasts can catch Auckland jazz organ group The Alan Brown Trio as they perform an afternoon of Hammond-funk, swing, and good time grooves in the House of Hammond.

The future of jazz will also be on show in the New Orleans Music Factory on Sunday.

The Jazz Stars of Tomorrow showcases the amazing talent of musicians as young as eight in Baby Jazz and Young Guns of the Blues and Youth Jazz competitors.

The entertainment opens on Sunday with the Frank Gibson Quartet, as they celebrate 60 years of music since Frank first stepped on stage as an eight year old.

German blues and jazzrock unit Solid Brew will feature on Monday afternoon and blues scene mainstay Mike Garner and leading harp player Neil Billington - master of both the diatonic and chromatic harmonica - wrap up the weekend's entertainment on the outdoor stage on Monday.

With strolling bands, food vendors, the Bay of Plenty Times community market, and a Kidzone, there is plenty on offer for all the family. Entry is $10 for adults and free for strolling bands, food and art stalls and activities for the children and entry is $10 for children under 14. TECT cardholders are free on Sunday.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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