Same Clarence Jazz Festival, new great location

Spread over five amazing days from Wednesday, 28 February – Sunday, 3 March 2024, the program is jam-packed with live music, art, food, drinks, and activities for the whole family. 

Clarence City Council Mayor Brendan Blomeley said that the 2024 Festival is set to be bigger, better, more sustainable, and more accessible than ever before.  

“The Clarence Jazz Festival is truly the highlight of our annual events calendar and is an incredibly popular event not just in our Clarence community, but throughout Greater Hobart, as well as interstate visitors,” he said.  

The 2024 festival will feature some of Tasmania’s finest musical talents and premier artists from across the country and around the world, and, for the first time, the whole event will be based at the Rosny Farm and in the Rosny Parklands.”  

Rosny Farm and the Parklands are accessible by bus, bike, ferry, foot, or car, and holding the event in an all-in-one location offers festival-goers an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in the full festival experience. 

The work of the 2024 Clarence Jazz Festival Artist is Residence, Leigh Rigozzi, will be apparent throughout the Farm and Parklands with his recent transformation of the Rosny Parklands storage shed into a work of art fit for a festival. He’ll also be joining the lineup on Friday night for an hour of experimental live drawing and live music fusion, and his piece ‘A Walk Around the Block’ is the inspiration behind the 2024 Festival’s visual styling and logo. 

The hugely impressive 2024 Clarence Jazz Festival Ambassador, multi award-winning Australian-born, Germany-based trombonist and composer Shannon Barnett, will also appear throughout the festival both as a headliner and as a guest with local acts, as will the 2024 Clarence Jazz Festival Scholars – Leif Sweeney, Jamie Zieserl, and Otto Kneupfer. 

Hardcore jazz fans will also be impressed with the inclusion of Australian legend and jazz heavyweight Vince Jones who will play two sets with his world-class quintet on Saturday evening. 

Mayor Blomeley said that this year will be the most delicious to date with a smorgasbord of local food and drink vendors featured throughout. 

“We are thrilled to be showcasing so many incredible Clarence producers and businesses this year,” he said. 

“The cultural impact of the Clarence Jazz Festival, which is Tasmania’s longest-running festival, is impossible to overstate, however, the economic impact is also vast and is now being spread even further to our regions outside the city centre.” 

Part of this focus on Clarence produce includes the exciting announcement of the newly named Frogmore Jazz Lounge and associated Coal River Valley Wine Tasting Experience, which attendees will be able to enjoy sipping from new, branded, reusable Clarence Jazz Festival cups which can be returned for a refund or taken home as a handy souvenir. 

Then there’s the music. Comprised of daytime and night-time, free and ticketed, and traditional and experimental gigs and boasting a whopping 48 total acts over the festival the 2024 Clarence Jazz Festival has something for everyone. 

The full program is available on the Clarence Arts and Events Website at:

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