Roselles on Saturday 30th 6-9pm. Formed a few years ago, ‘The Roselles’. evolved from Auckland bands (Vertigo, Deep Creek, Atomic, Retrogrande).”we’re now loving the freedom a duo provides”. The Roselles have great vocals and harmonies – Lesley on guitar, Rosie keys and ukulele, with backing tracks, we play everything from Country Rock Pop, and a touch of jazz and blues – if its a classic hit, its fair game!
we would love to see you at the Esplanade bar!
No Cover Charge

ALSO Live Jazz on Tuesday’s at 5.30pm to 8.30pm. The great Sirrah Duo and Paul TT & Friends. No cover charge. See you here for a great night out.


Denis Hepi Trio by the fire, in the bar:- Live Music Saturday 7th July 6.00-9.00 celebrating American Independence Day-this week, at the Esplanade. Back by popular demand. A great night out. No cover charge. ALSO Meet Donald Trump and Barack Obama


Check out our Facebook page for updated information.

(extending the summer jazz series by popular demand)

Sirrah Duo in the bar:- Live Music Back Tuesdays,  5.30-8.30 at the Esplanade. Back by popular demand. No cover charge




A very British Queen’s Birthday weekend with Lee Gray on Saturday night

Since moving to New Zealand in 2011, Lee has become one of the most sought after performers on the Auckland music scene.
With an extensive repertoire of well-known covers and a unique style of live looping, Lee’s music is always in high demand.
Having performed at the opening ceremony for the FIFA U20s World Cup ’15 in front of a packed house of 25,000 at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium and a worldwide TV audience of over 4 million, he is certainly not to be missed in the intimate setting of The Esplanade Hotel bar

Lee has two solo albums to his name and is one half of the international recording duo, Lee Gray & The Beat.


BLUE PEARL DUO 7pm-9.30pm Saturday 5th May

Hit the sweet spot, blending the ‘feel good’ grooves of soul classics such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Al Green.

Makareta Umbers is a velvet-voiced jazz singer and modern latin conga player. Her original jazz album ‘Love on a Swing’ was released in 2014.
Guitarist Joseph Anderson delivers slick, super tight funk and gritty blues with impressive precision and attitude. He has earned a reputation as a seasoned and versatile musician.

Blue Pearl band have played the N.Z. jazz festival circuit over the last few years and are regulars at inner city boutique bars, wineries and summer park events.






The fabulously popular VoxNova returned in April to the Esplanade Hotel in Devonport. We will certainly invite them back again!

Voxnova Gypsy Jazz band At the Esplanade Saturday 7th April, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Nigel Gavin, award winning acoustic guitarist, recording artist, famous overseas,

with Alan MacDonald, Doug Robertson & Alberto Santarelli.

Summer Jazz Series

Saturday 24th March

Blue Pearl Trio
..featuring Mark Baynes on Keys
Aaron Coddel on Bass
Neil Williamson on Drums

Auckland’s musical treasure Mark Baynes is a contemporary pianist, accompanist, recording artist and composer specialising in improvised music and a wicked sense of humour.
He has performed alongside some giants of jazz including Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea’s Electrik Band), Mark Kramer (Eddie Gomez), Cley Jenkins (Buddy Rich & Count Basie) as well as Andy Vargas (Santana), Tony Christie (UK) and a Broadway cast. Local acts include Tim and Neil Finn, Don McGlashan, Che-Fu, King Kapisi, The Mint Chicks, Stan Walker, Anika Moa, Batucada Sound Machine, Tina Cross, Annie Crummer, Tama Waipara, Bella Kalolo, Jackie Clarke, Frankie Stevens and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
check out his website to read more:

Maria O’Flaherty & The Shamrocks for St Paddy’s day
Come and celebrate St Patrick’s at the very regal Esplanade Hotel.
Maria O’Flaherty on vocals and bodhran, Nick Jones on violin and Ben Fernandez on keys. At the Esplanade 6-9pm Saturday 17th March. tel 4451291



DON’T FORGET the magic of the Summer Jazz series continues.


Allana Goldsmith Trio Saturday 3rd March 6-9pm. Allana is well known and loved at the Esplanade with Nathan James on guitar and Jo Shum on bass.

Allana has been singing around the Auckland jazz for about 10yrs, she came up through the ranks mentored by, while also playing with, some of the senior jazz greats of New Zealand. She has recently released and toured an album of covers songs with her folk-pop duo (guitar/vocal) band ‘Wakakura’


February at the Esplanade….John Tuala Duo with Andrew Dixon on saxophone. Stoic Auckland muso (known as JT or the Big JT) has endured the ever changing Auckland music scene for over twenty years. This is evident in his voice, like that of a warm rich matured southern bourbon whiskey.
JT has honed and crafted a distinct sound finding his home in the acoustic blues style, enthralling audiences with energy and timeless soulful playing w

herever he performs.
“It’s like BB King, Ben Harper and Smokey got mashed up in a blender with a sprinkle of Down to the Bone and that was the emancipation of JT!” -Petra Rijnbeek

Following on from the magic of Ashe Cuba (Saturday 13th January 2018)

Join us for the glorious music of Organ 3men, a brand new organ trio compiling drums, guitar, and of course organ into an unwaveringly tight unit of funk bearing groove merchants who are set to deliver a steady flow of tunes for your afternoon listening pleasure. Enjoy tunes from all over the genre list from Oasis to Stevie Wonder.
The Organ 3men trio is a guitar-led group formed at New Zealand School of Music, featuring Calum Dundas as lead guitarist with the support of David Harris on drums and Sean Martin Buss on organ, is a guitar-led group formed at New Zealand School of Music,
The trio will be playing some banging standards from the great American songbook right through to some originals from the groups’ name’s sake, Mr. Calum Dundas. The trio look forward to great vibes.In the bar Esplanade hotel from 6-9pm.


The return by popular demand, last time they came Ashe Cuba had the locals dancing in the streets outside the Esplanade. Great music that gets you moving. Check out the pics and video on our Facebook page

Live music coming up at the Esplanade.

Diary these dates now! PLUS Jazz every Tuesday 5.30-8.30 plus:-

13-Jan Sat Ashe Cuba Bar 6pm-9pm Latin Quartet
20-Jan Sat Callum Dundas Trio Bar 6pm-9pm Funk Pop Trio
27-Jan Sat Vox Nova Bar 6pm-9pm Gypsy Jazz Quartet
3-Feb Sat Tony Masterantonio Bar 6pm-9pm Blues Trio
10-Feb Sat John Tuala Duo Bar 6pm-9pm Rhythm n Blues Duo
14-Feb Wed Margaret Umbers Trio Ballroom 6.30pm-9pm Jazz Trio
17-Feb Sat Johnny Leigh Calder Bar 6pm-9pm Jazz Trio
24-Feb Sat Tom Rodwell Bar 6pm-9pm Blues
3-Mar Sat Denis Hepi trio Bar 6pm-9pm Rhythm n Blues Trio
10-Mar Sat Strings Attached Bar 6pm-9pm Funk Pop Quartet
17-Mar Sat Maria O’Flaherty Quartet Bar 6pm-9pm Irish Trio
24-Mar Sat Blue Pearl Band Bar 6pm-9pm Soul
31-Mar Sat Caitlin Smith Bar 6pm-9pm JazznGroove
1-Apr Sat TBC Ballroom 7pm -10pm Dance
2-Apr Sun Ge Luz Trio Bar 2-5pm Bossa
Auckland Jazz Festival @ the Esplanade 2017
Allana Goldsmith Trio 14th October 2017

 Goldsmith has been singing around the Auckland jazz for about 10yrs, she came up through the ranks mentored by, while also playing with, some of the senior jazz greats of New Zealand. She has recently released and toured an album of covers songs with her folk-pop duo (guitar/vocal) band ‘Wakakura’.

Allana will be joined by well loved artists Dr Mark Baynes on keys and Jo Shum on bass

Caitlin Smith Trio 21st October 2017

 The Caitlin Smith have been making musical magic together for well over a decade. Kevin Field (Fender Rhodes) and Olivier Holland (Upright bass) are the connoisseur’s choice of musicians. They redefine the genre as deep, expressive and spiritual. Smith calls herself a story-singer and song-poet. They incorporate Smith originals with beautiful interpretations of everything from Cohen to Elvis Costello, Sia,Tim Buckley and Gil Scott-Heron to rare jazz standards. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to experience this mighty triumvirate Live.

Maria O’Flaherty Trio 22nd October 2017

This trio blends jazz standards with their own contemporary groove, Latin influences and rhythmic folk. Featuring the silky smooth vocals of Maria O’Flaherty, pianist virtuoso Ben Fernandez with strong rhythmic grooves from bassist David Hodkinson.

These musicians are some of Auckland’s most respected and experienced
Jazz musicians. They’ve built a fine reputation for delivering top-class performances, performing at Jazz festivals, vineyards and events around New Zealand.

 Past Entertainment

Linn Lorkin and Bastille Day 2017.

A fantastic night with Linn Lorkin and ‘French Toast’ in the bar. French flavours, food, wine, beer and song. Linn has returned to NZ after her world travels and is renowned for her talent and singing in several languages. Well received at the Esplanade last year with ‘French toast’.
After they’ve seen her performing, people come up to Linn Lorkin and ask her where she’s from, expecting her to say Paris or Bordeaux or Marseille and when she says “I’m from a dairy farm near Tokoroa,” they’re amazed. When she sings in French and other languages there’s an ease and authenticity that belie her Waikato upbringing. “It’s
a lovely and expressive language to sing in,” she says. And she looks French too, often reminding people of Edith Piaf.

Having graduated with honours in French from Auckland University and studied in France as well, Linn’s French is, well, pretty good for a Tokoroa girl. When she first became a professional singer years ago with a jazz trio in the red-light district of Copenhagen, she made sure she had a few well-chosen little French numbers in her repertoire and has been adding others ever since.

She has performed French chansons in many different places: South Miami Beach, the Island of Jersey, Brittany, Sydney and Melbourne. She has twice toured New Zealand with a popular cabaret show called “In a French Cafe”. “… Parisian-chic … makes you feel like you’re in Montmartre or the Marais”. ” Peter Calder, New Zealand Herald, 4/11/2012

Celebrating American Independence Day with Burgers, beer and Blues duo Andrew Dixon and John Tuala, in the Bar at the Esplanade Hotel….then on the 8th July 
Joe Carbery Duo plays live at the Esplanade 5.00-7.30 pm followed by the third Test. The Joe Carbery Duo with John Wilcox plays in the style of the Swing Era but is firmly in the present – “Modern Traditional Swing Music.”
Ellington, Basie, Johnny Hodges, Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Fats Waller, Louis Prima and Gerry Mulligan are just a few of the influences that may be heard in the music.
Founded on a solid rhythm section of pianist John Wilcox, and Joe Carbery on alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet and vocals. Followed by the Third Test: Lions vs All Blacks.

Sirrah Duo with their popular repertoire, playing at the Esplanade bar this Saturday Easter Saturday  6.30-9.30pm see you there for a great night out. Happy hour 5-7pm. “Sirrah” is a concept duo comprising Percussion, Electronics, Vocals and Guitar with an emphasis on easy listening music.

Bryan and Jack, combine many years of professional expertise, gained in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, to create a unique musical experience.
The audio production is pristine, clearly making “Sirrah” the ideal solution for sophisticated audiences, who expect, and in fact deserve a comfortable environment for their very special occasions.
“These musicians are dedicated to the reproduction of popular well crafted music composed by some of the most respected musicians and composers
of our time.”

  Queens Birthday special…Denis Hepi Trio

Hear British pop played by Auckland music masters
MIGUEL FUENTES – Master Percussionist.
Born in Puerto Rico,formerly from New York,international recording artist Miguel has recorded and toured with: George Benson,Patti La Belle,Grover Washington Jnr,Peter Allen,Nathan Haines.Currently resides in NZ.
CHRIS NIELSON – Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Saxophonist/
Hand Percussion
Tui Award winning Producer/Recording Engineer and father of uber talented sons Cody and Ruban.Recently toured the USA and Europe as arranger/musician with Katchafire,House Of Shem.
DENIS HEPI – Vocal protege of the late Mark Murphy[Stanford Uni.Cali.Jazz Workshop].Plays a Godin Multiac Nylon string guitar in accompaniment.Influences: Beatles and UK 60s artists from my Scots mother and Sam Cooke,Stevie Wonder from my Maori father and the early 70s Glen Innes Ak Funk of James Brown,Sly Stone,Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye

Mother’s Day at the Esplanade: May 2017.

Luca Mangi duo is performing for Mothers day brunch.

Luca Manghi won first prize at the Arrigo Boito National Music Conservatory. He was then awarded the highest distinction by the Biella International Superior Music Academy “L. Perosi” for his work with Peter Lukas Graf.

Winner of several soloist international competitions (UFAM Paris Competition, City

of Genova Competition) Luca has performed as principal flautist for many European orchestras.

He now lives in New Zealand where he works as freelance musician playing with the major orchestras of the country.

Since 2008 he has taught flute and chamber music at Auckland University, and from 2009 at Otago University and Waikato University.

In 2011 and 2015 Luca was invited to give a recital and a master class at the Australian Flute Festival, and often gives recitals in Europe with pianist David Kelly.

Their CD Quays has been released on Atoll Records.

Book now at the Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland NZ. 09 4451291

Bookings via Eventfinda closer to the time.




Come and enjoy the fireplace and a glass of something cold after a long Tuesday at work. Tuesday Jazz bands showcasing at the Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland NZ, every Tuesday from 5.30pm. 1st Tuesday of Month is Jow Carbery, 2nd Tuesday Paul TT and Friends, 3rd Tuesday Mike & Pete, and Sirrah on 4th & 5th Tuesday of the month .


and don’t forget Luca Mangi duo for Mothers day brunch.

Special wines on offer include:


Phone: (09) 445 1291, or

Heads Up on a few 2017 EVENTS-

  • November Melbourne Cup. Ticketed event
  • November 5th Guy Fawkes and Halloween combined monster Bash. Ticketed event
  • Correct at time of publication
  • Come and enjoy the fireplace and a glass of something cold after a long Tuesday at work. Tuesday Jazz bands showcasing at the Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland NZ, every Tuesday from 5.30pm. Keep checking out our Facebook page for updates.

      The immensely successful Esplanade Summer Jazz Series continues Jan/Feb/March next Year-

      • March 5 – with Margaret Umbers, proudly sponsored by Maison Vauron, French wine merchants. Seek out our special French wine offerings, only available for the Jazz performance.
      • No cover charge for Summer Jazz Festival for dining guests and patrons.
      • We recommend you book now to ensure you get a table. Previous evenings have been completely booked out as people flock to enjoy the company of these fabulous artists. The music is provided free to entertain our diners.
      • Saturday Evenings of Summer 2016/17:- 6.30-9.30pm
      • Keep an eye out for announcements.
        Live Music 2017 – Esplanade Hotel

        May 7 Sunday Mother’s Day. light classical LUCA DUO

        July 4 Tuesday bar American Independence Day blues JT DUO

        July 14 Friday Bar Bastille. LINN LORKIN Quartet

        August 5 bar blues ARTIST TBC

        August 12 bar blues ARTIST TBC

        August 19 blues . JOHN TUALA

        August 26 blues $400 TOM RODWELL

        September 3 Sunday Fathers Day JO ANDERSON

        October Heritage week date tbc. Bar VODODEO Quartet

        October 7 bar Art Week John TUALA

        October 21 Saturday Auckland Jazz Fest Labour weekend
        October 22 Sunday Auckland Jazz Fest Labour weekend