Team con­jures some sur­prises

Mix of jazz and blues to ap­peal to many at fes­ti­val

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY ANITA McPHER­SON

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.wan­garat­ta­

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