HJC serving hot, free jazz

IT’S hot, it’s free, and it’s back: the Hobart Jazz Club will deliver its 18th annual Hot August Jazz Festival in North Hobart on 28 August.

The totally Tasmanian event continues to grow and grow, with almost 280 musicians performing across 12 venues this year, all within walking distance in the North Hobart CBD.

“The festival promises to deliver something for all jazz tastes, with jazz genres from traditional and mainstream through to funk and modern,” Hobart Jazz Club president Kaye Payne said.

The event opens at noon on Sunday 28 August in five venues (including the official opening at The Queens Head) and wraps up at the Republic Bar at midnight.

Jazz fans can expect to see everything from duos through to big bands performing throughout the day and night at venues along Elizabeth Street and up Burnett Street, all within walking distance.

“This event is a showcase of Tasmanian Jazz talent with a mix of new and seasoned performers,” festival coordinator Christine Bailey said.

“Hot August Jazz has proven to be a starting point for many young musicians. It gives them the opportunity to perform professionally in front of an audience while also having the chance to see the experienced players do their thing.”

Presented by the Hobart Jazz Club Inc with support from the Hobart City Council, Hot August Jazz 2022 will run from noon to midnight on Sunday 28 August. Programs will be available a week before the event at the venues and online at www.hobartjazzclub.com

Entry to all venues is free, but organisers encourage patrons to support the businesses by purchasing food and drink where available.

COVID regulations apply (see the program for details), and your patience when queuing at venues is appreciated.

For more information, phone Kaye Payne on 0412 825 967 or Christine Bailey on 0438 722 137.

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