Be there when Auckland Museum's Grand Foyer comes alive with icons of New Zealand jazz.


MON 16 SEP, 6.30PM - 9.30PM

The smooth sounds of jazz will reverberate around the columns in the Grand Foyer at LIVE at the Museum in September.

Instrumentalist and saxophonist Nathan Haines with composer, performer and pianist Jonathan Crayford, will fill the stunning Grand Foyer with a night of acoustic jazz music.

Join us for an evening with New Zealand's leading jazz artists in this unique space and enjoy these sounds of Aotearoa.

Nathan Haines

Nathan Haines is one of New Zealand’s most well known instrumentalists, if not it’s most famous saxophonist - his debut album Shift Left is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year and it remains the countries biggest ever selling jazz release. From his subsequent 10 albums, Sound Travels and Squire For Hire both recorded in London where Haines was based for over 15 years remain classic influential albums that have gone onto influence a new generation of musicians and producers worldwide. Nathan has won New Zealand's Tui Jazz Album of the Year award three times, and he has performed at many international festivals and clubs including headlining London’s famous Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. His sound and approach to live music is unique, engaging and totally immersive.

“Nathan’s "Shift Left" is as vibrant and fresh today as when it broke new ground in New Zealand music 25 years ago. It’s an innovative and classic album.” - Graham Reid

Jonathan Crayford

Jonathan Crayford is perhaps New Zealand’s most exciting export to the world of music. This prolific composer, performer and pianist spent 20 years honing his craft in New York, before returning to NZ in the naughties to rock the music scene. Crayford has most recently been living in Paris and Spain, writing a film/opera and recording two albums of solo piano music in Spain and a trio album in New York.
Acclaimed as a highly original compositional talent, pianist Jonathan Crayford has been responsible for many film soundtracks, albums, and bands. As a sideman he has worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Binney, David Murray, Groove Collective, Amp Fiddler, Questlove, Mambo Macoco, Bruno Lawrence and many others.


Our cafe 1929 will be open, with a bar and food available.

Grilled Burritos: Tortilla stuffed with rice, corn, refried beans, cheese, peppers and Cajun chicken. (Vegetarian/vegan/ gluten free wraps available.)
A selection of quiche, tarts, pastries and toasted sandwiches also available.

McCleods "Longboarder" craft pilsner available on tap. 
Wines from Hãhã, Hawkes Bay: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sparkling Brut. 

Low alcohol beer, a full ranges of soft drinks, free water and of course coffee are also available.


The Museum Carpark will be open for use.
Please note: Entry is only through the Northern end of the Museum into the Grand Foyer.