Jazz In Martinborough (JIM) is a charitable trust run by a small group of music-lovers who work with various community and business groups in South Wairarapa to present entertaining music (mostly jazz) events.
Originally convened to raise money for the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund, JIM has become one of the popular attractions in Wairarapa, for locals and for visitors, through its annual September jazz festival and other music events.
One of JIM’s goals is to develop the talents and experience of local and young musicians. To this end JIM organises, in partnership with Kuranui College, an annual Fresh Jam event that brings together student bands from all Wairarapa colleges. Fresh Jam is a day of workshop tuition, led by Dr Rodger Fox of the NZ School of Music, followed by a performance concert in the evening. Some of the participating combos are invited to play in the September Festival.
As well, JIM offers scholarships for talented students to attend the NZ Jazz Foundation Summer Workshops held at Victoria University, usually in January.
The Trust House Foundation has played a significant and continuous role in supporting JIM activities since the Christchurch fundraiser. Ted Preston, JIM’s producer, puts it this way – “If it wasn’t for Trust House providing us with this support it is possible that JIM may not exist, and certainly would not be able to contribute to the Wairarapa community as it does.”
“Thank you Trust House, we greatly appreciate your support.”