Musicians from around Australia plus the USA, France, Germany and the UK will all descend on the Victorian town of Wangaratta for more than 90 events at 8 venues over the pre-Melbourne Cup Day long weekend.
Highlights include the British ensemble Lighthouse (pictured), German saxophonist-composer Christina Fuchs and No Tango Quartet, New York's Gregory Porter, the American collaboration of Trio M and French singer Cyrille Aimee, who will be performing with Australian expats Raj Jayaweera (drums) with and Sam Anning (bass).
Special collaborations will include performances from Trio M with Scott Tinkler, Phil Slater (trumpets) and Simon Baker (drums), The No Tango Quartet will combine with Andrea Keller Quartet, and Mike Nock teams up with Stephen Magnusson (guitar) and Laurence Pike (drums). Paul Grabowsky is collaborating Bernie McGann, while Ian Date (guitar) returns from Ireland to perform with Andy Firth (saxphone/clarinet). Trumpeters Bob Barnard and Warwick Alder will also perform together for the first time.
The National Jazz Awards category for this year is vocals. In 2012, entries have come from across Australia and around the world, including Korea, New Zealand and the USA. Ten outstanding young finalists will be announced in September. The winner of the National Jazz Awards in 1998, Michelle Nicole, returns to judge the competition along with Vince Jones and Mike Nock. All three judges will also perform with their own bands during the Festival.
For more information on all performances, visit the official website.
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