Team conjures some surprises
Mix of jazz and blues to appeal to many at festival
AUDIENCES can expect the unexpected and perhaps something from left field when it comes to the program at this year’s Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
The 2017 line-up was carefully curated by the four person creative team, taking on board feedback, ensuring there would be the kind of surprises the festival is known for, and ultimately trusting their instincts.
Team member Frank Davidson said the aim was not only to find the right mix of talent but to select those who would work well together.
“What Adam (Simmons), Zoe (Hauptmann), Scott (Solimo) and I have done is select bands that enjoy collaboration too, because that’s what musicians say they like about the Wangaratta festival,” he said.
Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive Chris- tian Scott was one of the artists on top of the list that Zoe Hauptmann was looking forward to seeing, along with gifted pianist Aron Ottignon.
“He’s coming out with his band, a steel pan player, a drummer and he’s a pianist – so it’s going to be amazing,” she said.
“Also Jen Shyu (experimen- tal jazz vocalist/instrumentalist) will be in a theatre space, doing this amazing floor walk and movement – singing and storytelling – which will be really spectacular.”
While Scott Solimo is also looking forward to Christian Scott, as a guitar player, he’s also really looking forward to seeing “old school” rock stars Ian Moss and Kevin Borich, the latter who he’ll also be playing with at the event.
On Adam Simmons’ long list is Paul Grabowsky, James Morrison and Kram from Spiderbait, playing in a group called “The Others”.
The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues will run from November 3 to 5 with the full program and tickets available at www.wangarattajazz.com.