It’s not just the local album of the year, not just one of my favourite records in a decade or more, it’s an event.

— Off The Tracks on the Avantdale Bowling Club album

Legendary, compelling and a master of rap–jazz fusion, Scott’s practice can only be described as one that’s in a “constant state of reinvention” (The Spinoff) by infusing modernity with tradition to create something profoundly new.

After a sell-out headline show at the 2020 Wellington Jazz Festival, West Auckland collaborative artist Tom Scott is returning with new music from his genre-pushing jazz, hip hop project Avantdale Bowling Club.

In 2019, his first album under the moniker Avantdale Bowling Club saw Scott win the Taite Music Prize, Album of the Year and Hip Hop Artist awards at the New Zealand Music Awards, and claim a finalist title at the Silver Scrolls for the song Years Gone By.

With his sophomore album set to be released in 2022, Scott returns to Te Whanganui-a-Tara with an astonishing live band.

He whakaaturanga puoro tēnei, nā te toki puoro rapi nei (rap artist) nā Tom Scott. Hei tā Scott, he whenumi i ngā momo puoro o te ao tautito, me te ao hipihope (jazz and hip hop), ka puta mai ai tētehi rongo rerekē erangi reka rawa atu, otirā ia, he rongo hou katoa ki te taringa, koina i pau katoa ai ngā tīkiti o āna whakaaturanga.

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