The City of Clarence once again proved it is the home of jazz in Tasmania with an eclectic program encompassing everything from traditional and old favourites to modern and experimental.
The music festival was presented in a range of venues around Clarence. With some inclement, concerts during the eight days were well attended.
The Twilight Series was held in parks around Clarence and record crowds of 1400 people turned out at both new and favourite locations.
Intimate performances were enjoyed at the Jazz Lounge in the Rosny Barn by 750 music-lovers and the ever popular Big Weekend remained a favourite – despite a change of location due to wet weather. An estimated 2,800 turned out to enjoy free music accompanied by food and wine.
Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said the annual event was a highlight in the City of Clarence calendar, with people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the event.
He said Clarence City Council remained committed to supporting local and up and coming talent, and thanked all those involved with the festival including Alderman Heather Chong as convenor, Wendy Moles as coordinator, and George Washingmachine as ambassador.
“It is safe to say the 2018 Clarence Jazz Festival was a great success, and remains a favourite music event for many Tasmanians,” said Alderman Chipman.
“There are few places in the world you can enjoy such scenic views while listening to world-class musicians a stone’s throw from where you live – all for free.
“We were thrilled with attendance numbers, despite some challenging weather, and most of all, it was very pleasing to see so many people having a great time.”
This year’s special guest artists included composer and saxophonist, Dr Sandy Evans OAM, composer and pianist, Andrea Keller, and a rising star vocalist Elly Hoyt from Tasmania’s North West Coast.