Sabatar quintet is made up of well-known Jazz musos from Tauranga, Cambridge and Auckland who have all been involved in the music scene for many years.

Group leader is Rod Laurenson from Tauranga on saxophone with other members being the extremely talented Trevor Braunias on guitar, the highly sought-after Jeff Baker on drums, well-known Darren “Destroyer” Smith from Auckland on keys and the charismatic Chris McMahon from Cambridge on bass.

All have played in a number of different groups over the years from Big Bands to Combo’s and really enjoy the fun and vibe of swinging standards, soulful solos, kicking sambas and a few vocals thrown in for good measure. Sabatar is really looking forward to returning to the Bay Of Islands Jazz Festival again this year.