Jazz Sessions with the Queenstown Jazz Festival

It’s time again for the Queenstown Jazz Festival and No5 Church Lane is proud to be hosting three events this year! Not only will we have our Jazz Brunch going off on the Sunday but we will also be hosting two evening sessions on the Friday and Saturday also! And what a fortuitous coincidence that they coincide with our No5 Happy Hour! So come in and enjoy the some smooth smooth jazz and sip on our soon-to-be-released jazz inspired cocktail of the week!




Richard Adams and Nigel Gavin have worked like few other New Zealand musicians, crafting their art in rehearsal rooms and recording studios, and presented their magic in concert halls and to festival audiences at home, Australia, the US and in Europe.

Violinist Adams is a gifted painter whose work has been exhibited internationally and who believes the visual and musical sides of his personality each set the other on fire.  Richard has played for many years in the popular Nairobi Trio and co-founder of Neon Quaver and with his own Richard Adams Quartet had the opportunity to play with legendary flautist Paul Horn at the Wellington International Arts Festival. 

Guitarist Gavin is more well known to people than they realise: he has played with the Nairobi Trio, the Jews Brothers, Bravura, created the guitar orchestra Gitbox Rebellion, and has been on albums by Wayne Gillespie, Whirimako Black, and most notably with Robert Fripp. 

Here is that rare alchemy at work where each inspires the other, where melodies can twist on an emphasis, and the improvisation is instinctively taken in a new and rewarding direction.




Three times Emmy Award nominated composer, Trevor lives and works from his beach house studio in southern New Zealand. New Zealand & Germany based, and producer of close to 100 soundtracks since 2000; working internationally and through NHNZ (Natural History NZ Ltd). His orchestral/electronic film score for the multi-award winning Equator series, is one example of his music that has earned him international acclaim.

Finding inspiration in diversity, he is a member of a new generation of eclectic composers who is fluent in the languages of jazz, classical, contemporary, electronic and world music, often described as refreshingly unique.



Nick Cornish, originally from England, has been in constant demand as a multi-wind-instrumentalist in classical and Jazz formations.

He is well respected as a music educator, and for his role as principal oboist (and section leader) of the Southern Sinfonia. Nick Cornish is a stalwart of jazz and jazz education in New Zealand, performing for many years with the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra, the Calder Prescott Octet, and various ensembles with Trevor Coleman.



Rob Craige started percussion, violin and piano as a child and later in High school Robert played percussion professionally for many operatic shows in Mosgiel and Dunedin as well as being a member of both the National Youth Brass Band and National Youth Orchestra for three years respectively.

Rob continues to lead a busy musical life tutoring keyboard and percussion privately and at Otago University. He currently plays for many musical groups including Southern Sinfonia (Principal Percussionist), Brass Bands, Theatre groups, subject2change and Jazz trio “Coleman, Cornish and Craigie”.




Radius features two of New Zealand’s finest instrumentalists and an inspiration not to be missed! Like alchemy, the roots of Celtic and Blues come together to create a new and innovative sound. Harry Harrison and Justine S work their magic into lush, soulful melodies and infectious grooves. 

Together they produce a symphony of sound, blending cross cultural streams from America and Europe. The fluid lines of Justine S on saxophone and flute combine masterfully with Harry Harrison on dobro, banjo and guitar, generating rich and diverse textures. 

Radius have performed major festivals and concerts throughout New Zealand and are currently completing their second album due for release in December 2015.

“Radius packed out every venue that they played as part of our National Festival 2014. We need a bigger room for them next year. An unmissable duo that balances consummate musicianship with a real “wow” factor!” – Dave Bishop – Audience Development Manager, National Jazz Festival Tauranga 2014

“These guys are exceptional, they just blew everyone away at Nelson Jazz Festival” – Liam Ryan, – Festival Director Nelson Jazz and Blues Festival 2014.