Live jazz to soothe cruis­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WITH 25 cruise ships call­ing in on Port Dou­glas this year, lo­cal busi­ness­man Ross Suther­land or­gan­ised a live jazz band to help make Port Dou­glas wel­com­ing for pas­sen­gers yes­ter­day.

P & O’s Pa­cific Dawn called into Port Dou­glas yes­ter­day and to greet the 1900 guests and 800 crew were mem­bers of the Cairns Jazz Club with their band Cap­tain Jazz and the Bandi­coots.

The Meri­dien Ma­rina was brought to life with the cool am­bi­ent and catchy dixie-jazz sounds or­gan­ised by Mr Suther­land, who owns Oz About Oz at the ma­rina.

“It gives us a point of dif­fer­ence, we have a good lo­ca­tion and the mu­sic adds at­mos­phere, we want peo­ple to en­joy it and en­cour­age them to come back,” he said.

“Peo­ple off the ship have been pho­tograph­ing and video­ing the band play­ing, mu­sic helps to hold peo­ple here rather than shoot­ing through.

“It’s also given me per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion, to show that North Queens­land is not a dud place.

“Port Dou­glas is the only place of­fer­ing this, not Air­lie Beach or Cairns - this could be the fore­run­ner for more.”

The Pa­cific Dawn spent the whole day in Port Dou­glas and has trav­elled on to Wil­lis Is­land be­fore re­turn­ing to Bris­bane to com­plete its seven-day cruise along the Queens­land coast.

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Bop­ping along: Cap­tain Jazz and the Bandi­coots with Oz About Oz man­ager Ross Suther­land

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