Things in Clarence are about to get jazzy

Things in Clarence are about to get jazzy

Life in Clarence is about to get a bit jazzy as the Clarence Jazz Festival comes to town kicking off with a 21st birthday celebration on Saturday 18 February 2017.

2017 Clarence Jazz Festival

More than 200 international, national and Tasmanian performers will take to the stage from 18 to 26 February 2017 making this year’s festival the biggest and one to remember.

The birthday party will mix it up with jazz, swing, blues and boogie as Adelaide’s Lucky Seven, Melbourne’s Shuffle Club and Tasmania’s own Yesterday’s Gentlemen take over the lawns at Rosny Farm. While the festival’s three ambassadors – George Washingmachine, Dan Barnett and Paul Williamson will perform together in The Barn.

The festival also includes free twilight concerts held from Monday to Thursday (20-24 February) and bring together the best local jazz bands and our festival ambassadors playing in parks and waterfront locations in the city. From South Arm to Richmond and Geilston Bay, the free twilight concerts combine beautiful scenery, a picnic atmosphere and great tunes.

The Jazz Lounge at Rosny Barn presents a more intimate and contemporary selection of Australian and international performers. This year’s highlights include Kristin Berardi, one of Australia’s first call jazz vocalists, and Mike Field, Canada’s premier jazz trumpeter known for his upbeat and energetic performances.

The Bellerive Boardwalk comes to life from Friday 24 February with a selection of Tasmania’s emerging talent including our scholarship recipients Jack Lark, Jack Batchelor and Fraser Reynold performing alongside previous scholarship recipients.

“The 21st birthday celebration of the Clarence Jazz Festival aims to be the best yet,” said Festival Convenor, Alderman Heather Chong.

“For nine days Clarence really comes alive with 14 concerts held around the city showcasing a great mix of jazz styles. While audiences will see international and mainland acts, we have always been a proud supporter of fantastic Tasmanian musicians and especially emerging Tassie talent through our unique scholarship program that we offer.

“Apart from a few ticketed events in Rosny Barn, many of the concerts are free and held throughout the city ensuring that the Clarence Jazz Festival continues to be accessible to jazz lovers everywhere.”

Along with performances, the festival also offers an artist in residence program. This year Tom Samek has been commissioned to create the artwork for a limited edition 12’ vinyl record Two Suites that will be available for purchase.

There will also be exhibition of photos, memorabilia and sound bites looking back at the development of the festival over the years in the Schoolhouse Gallery at Rosny Farm.

For more information, tickets and to purchase a copy of the record, visit www.clarenceartsandevents.net

 

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