29 Mar 2013

Jazz festival goes back to roots

9:38 am on 29 March 2013

The director of Tauranga's National Jazz Festival says this year's event has refocused and gone back to its roots.

The festival, presented by the Tauranga Jazz Society, officially started on Thursday night and runs until Monday.

In 2012, it celebrated its 50th anniversary and hosted international acts such as Earth Wind and Fire and Patti Austin.

However, director Rebecca Chambers says this year's event is highlighting local and national musicians, and she expects between 30,000 and 60,000 people to attend.