Clarence Jazz Festival tunes up for another year

AFTER celebrating its 21st birthday, the Clarence Jazz Festival will continue its mission to seek out amazing musicians, explore new styles and boldly go where no jazz festival has gone before.

This eight-day music festival will be presented in a range of venues from the 18-25 February.

It will include the Twilight Series, featuring a range of free concerts in parks around Clarence, the Jazz Lounge with intimate performances in the Rosny Barn and the ever popular Big Weekend of free music, accompanied by food and wine at the Bellerive Boardwalk.

“The Clarence Jazz Festival is the city’s premier event and delivers a festival full of great music and relaxed atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy,” Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said.

“What better way to enjoy our ever improving parklands than with the sweet tones of jazz and a picnic with friends.”

The Clarence Jazz Festival also features ongoing unique components including a scholarship program, master class, artist in residence and special guest artists.

This year’s special guest artists are:

Dr Sandy Evans OAM, a composer, saxophonist and soloist par excellence.

Andrea Keller, composer and pianist renowned for her experimental work.

Elly Hoyt, hailing from Tasmania’s north west coast and a rising star vocalist.

The festival’s three guest artists will come together in the Jazz Lounge alongside Dr Nicholas Haywood and Alfred Jackson for an unforgettable ensemble experience.

The festival will kick off at the Bellerive Beach Park on Sunday 18 February from 6-8pm with the Seratones (Hammond blues) and Bootleg Gin Sluggers (prohibition era jazz).

They will be joined by Clarence Jazz Festival ambassador George Washingmachine.

A full program and more information is available at www.clarenceartsandevents.net.

Caption: Djangos Tiger will be among the many performers at the upcoming Clarence Jazz Festival.