JAZZ­ING UP THE CITY

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Wan­garatta’s an­nual fes­ti­val, renowned for its jazz va­ri­ety, has the wel­come mat out for ever yone again this year.

THIS year’s Wan­garatta Fes­ti­val of Jazz and Blues on Oc­to­ber 28 to 30 will con­tinue to serve up top Aussie and in­ter­na­tional artists cover­ing all gen­res of mu­sic at var­i­ous paid and free venues across the city.

Last year we saw the in­tro­duc­tion of the fam­ily friendly King Ge­orge Gar­dens open air stage, which was packed with peo­ple en­joy­ing great mu­sic, food and wine.

This year, the King Ge­orge Gar­dens precinct in the heart of the CBD will ex­pand to of­fer even more fes­ti­val fun, with the sounds of lo­cal favourites like Nicky Bomba and his band Bus­ta­mento, along with Blues Broth­ers 3676.

Horns of Leroy will be a hoot - in­spired by the flavours of New Or­leans to Fitzroy - this punked-out seven piece rau­cous street band take brass band mu­sic to a whole new level.

Then get ready for the Pierce Broth­ers, the twin brother multi- in­stru­men­tal­ists are on a me­te­oric rise in the in­ter­na­tional mu­sic scene, hav­ing taken their mu­sic from busk­ing on the streets of Mel­bourne to the world’s biggest fes­ti­vals.

Their ir­re­sistible en­ergy and world-class live show has gen­er­ated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time.

This year’s com­mu­nity pro­gram will bring colour and cul­ture to Wan­garatta’s streets with win­dow art, a buskers boule­vard and live art events.

Mu­si­cally there are changes too, when each year an ex­cit­ing and care­fully cu­rated mix of per­form­ers ven­ture to Wan­garatta to per­form at the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned fes­ti­val.

Amid this ever chang­ing can­vas, there is one con­stant for the fes­ti­val - the qual­ity of the mu­sic.

Whether you love the live fes­ti­val mu­sic of King Ge­orge Gar­dens, se­ri­ous jazz, rock­ing blues, or all three; artis­tic di­rec­tors Adrian Jack­son and Scott Solimo have again pre­pared a pro­gram of per­for­mances to en­thral.

This year’s Na­tional Jazz Award in­stru­ment is the sax­o­phone and fit­tingly, among the jazz high­lights, renowned US tenor sax­o­phon­ist Melissa Al­dana will be per­form­ing with her Crash Trio and guests.

Fes­ti­val reg­u­lar and Aus­tralian mu­si­cal icon, James Mor­ri­son, will bring some class to the fes­ti­val, lit­er­ally.

The James Mor­ri­son Jazz Acad­emy joins James and the stu­dents were a real stand­out at last year’s event for their sheer tal­ent, en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm.

Speak­ing of emerg­ing tal­ent, a band of for­mer Na­tional Jazz Awards win­ners will per­form in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner Sam An­ning.

At the blues mar­quee in Apex Park, JJ Thames will warm things up, mix­ing R&B, funk, Motown and soul, with strong blues and gospel vo­cals, and toss­ing in ska and reg­gae rhythms for oc­ca­sional sea­son­ing. Then head­lin­ers The Bam­boos will blow the roof off. Their ridicu­lously en­joy­able live shows have seen them per­form at pretty much ev­ery ma­jor fes­ti­val in the coun­try, in­clud­ing By­ron Bay Blues & Roots Fes­ti­val.

So ex­pect a few changes this year but en­joy the fa­mil­iar fun of the great fes­ti­val.

Full pro­gram de­tails are avail­able at www.wan­garat­ta­jazz.com.au, and lo­cals can take ad­van­tage of dis­counted fes­ti­val passes by en­ter­ing the code RCOW 367678.

FES­TI­VAL FUN / Pa­trons will be able to again en­joy free live mu­sic at the Faith­full Street com­mu­nity stage, in the city’s river precinct, as part of this year’s Wan­garatta Fes­ti­val of Jazz and Blues.

FAVOURITE RE­TURN­ING / Renowned Aus­tralian jazz mu­si­cian James Mor­ri­son will be among this year’s hun­dreds of en­ter­tain­ers at the fes­ti­val.

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