The Noosa Jazz Festival celebrates the talents of Australian and international jazz performers with a four day frenzy of traditional, modern, swing, nu-jazz and blues. It's not just about seeing some good jazz bands, the Noosa Jazz Festival offers student development workshops with acclaimed performers, exclusive interviews and performances with Australian jazz lengends, Jazz on the Beach, feature presentations that chronicle the evolution of jazz in Australian plus much more.
NOOSA JAZZ FESTIVAL
30 Aug - 2 Sept
Venue: Numerous venues throughout Noosa Shire
Contact: USM Events, phone 5449 0711
FREE TOP LINE 'JAZZ IN THE WOODS' & 'NOOSA NORTH SHORE BLUES' FOR A MEMORABLE FATHER'S DAY
The Noosa Jazz Festival is offering free top-line entertainment for what promises to be one of this year's biggest family days out on the Sunshine Coast and a great way to celebrate Father's Day.
"Families can celebrate Father's Day in style at a whole range of jazz events, from large free outdoor concerts to intimate restaurant-based performances," said Garth Prowd, the event director.
"Two big free outdoor catered events on offer are Jazz in the Woods and Noosa North Shore Blues."
"At The Sunday Mail Jazz in the Woods in Noosa Heads Lions Park from 10am to 5pm families can celebrate Father's Day or jazz fans can simply enjoy a great day out with favourites Ain't Misbehavin, The Clare Hansson Trio, Carol Ralph Blue Rhythm, Les Crosby in Cabaret with Renee Kayser, John Morrison and Jacki Cooper with Adrian Cunningham, Wildrice and a Grand Finale of special guests."
"We are once again offering party tents from $200 or bring a blanket and chairs. There'll be food and craft stalls, rides for the kids, a licensed area for drinks and that all adds up to a great day out," he said.
"To make things easy for families, we have arrangements for you to park your car at Tewantin and catch the Noosa Ferry right to the park jetty - great fun in itself for the kids."
"Noosa North Shore Blues will be held each day from Friday, but the resort setting with indoor and outdoor entertainment for Father's Day will make it bigger than ever with great blues from 11am to 7.30pm by The Barry Charles Band, The Carl Lynch Band and The Pleasure Kings and more for dads and others who just love the blues," said Garth.
"The free shuttle from the Tewantin Ferry will make it easy for families to avail themselves of this great venue with its lovely natural setting a perfect match for the blues on offer."
Garth noted that food and drinks will be available as will seating at tables for added comfort.
In addition to jazz cruises, beachside jazz and great performances in some of Noosa's great restaurants, other ways to spoil dad include:
The Tribute to Frank Johnson from 1-5pm at Tewantin Noosa Golf Club where you can step back to 1949 and the Melbourne Town Hall and be transported into three eras of Frank's illustrious career, featuring Bob Barnard, Allan Browne & more
The Final Blast from 5.30pm to 12am at Bicentennial Hall with East Coast Connection, Allan Browne Hour, Bob Barnard, The Syncopators, Geoff Bull Band, George Washingmachine, Col Nolan, Peter Gaudion, Graham Steel, Brett Iggulden, Geoff Power, Dan Barnett, Dave Burrows, Jeff Arthur, Michael McQuaid, Glenn Hendrich, Trevor Rippingale and James Flynn.
"I'd like to extend our appreciation to our new sponsors The Sunday Mail and our presenting sponsor Noosa Civic Business Park. We are again grateful to Queensland Events Regional Development Program, Tourism Noosa, Crown Larger, Rosemount and other sponsors and supporters, including over 30 restaurants and other venues around Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin, Eumundi and North Shore," said Garth.
"And special mention must be made of the accommodation industry for their support in housing musicians, family and friends that came for the festival and our transport companies that ferried musicians around venues," he added.
For tickets, call 1300-797-723.
For general enquiries also see the website or call 07 54490711.
2007 NOOSA JAZZ FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
With the 2007 Noosa Jazz Festival less than a week away, we have outlined below some of the highlights over the four day jazz spectacle. The program offers something for all jazz enthusiasts.
THURSDAY 30TH AUGUST
The jazz festival officially kicks off tonight at the Bicentennial Hall, so if your wanting to see some spontaneous hot jazz, then this is the place to be. Tickets will be on sale at the door if you haven't already got them. Call 1300797723 for further info.
160 musicians have just arrived for the Noosa Jazz Festival, so if you want to see them in action, the Bicentennial Hall Ben Lexon Drive Sunrise Beach, kicks off at 7pm tonight. Tickets will be available at the door. Call 130079723 for further info
It's hot in Noosa for cool jazz. Tonight at the Bicentennial Hall, Sunrise Beach. Tickets available at the door. Over 160 musicians will take to the stage and just jam it up…don't miss out
Don't miss the Noosa Jazz Festival street parade at 10am tomorrow. Bring the kids and watch all the musicians blow up a storm. Grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere.. it's a spectacular way to start your day..
FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST
What's hot on the jazz scene today ..
Have a go at this name, George Washingmachine..George comes from Sydney and is one of Australia's top international touring entertainers. He will be joined by living legend of the piano Dick Hughes at the Tingirana Room, a marque that has been built outside the Noosa Heads Surf Club. Tickets will be sold at the door but call 1300797723 for further details - starts at 12 noon
James Morrison's brother john will be playing at the Ivory bar Hastings St at 12pm with vocalist Jackie Cooper. So if you love James, then you'll love Johns work too. At a fraction of the price …he's very entertaining and a great comedian to boot…this headline act has limited sessions during the festival so don't miss out.
If you love hot club jazz and latin then a must see act is Wildrice from Sydney. They will be playing at 12pm after John Morrison at the Ivory bar today.
For traditional style jazz head to the Bicentennial Hall or the Tewantin Noosa Golf Club. Tickets available at the door. Both kick off at 1pm with an national & international line up, so do miss out check the we for details www.noosajazz.com.au
If you loved David Bowie and you Love Frank Sinatra, then this gig is for you. Head to The marquee on Noosa Beach - the Tingirana Room - this exclusive concert is one not to miss as Jeff Duff (from Sydney) blends these two artists styles together in a forum of hot jazz…tickets available at the door - 4-6pm
This Exclusive one off concert featuring the Evolution of Jazz was a sell out last year, so this recipe has been repeated and will be featuring 4 new iconic Australian's. They will take us on a journey of their past and present. Book now for the Bicentennial Hall 5-11pm session - $30 per ticket includes 6 hours of amazing talent.
How about a blues cruise with Australian legend pianist Dick Hughes and Melbourne band the Syncopators. A never to be repeated acoustic performance for $20 per ticket. Limited seating, so book now 1300797723. Mv Catalina will depart from the Sheraton Jetty at 5.30pm
Freshwater Bar & Grill at the Noosa International will be showcasing the award winning boogy woogy babe, Jan Preston from Sydney. Jan has just come back from a tour of Europe with rave reviews. She will be followed by the gentleman of jazz George Washingmachine, James Flynn and Dan Barnett. A totally hot lineup. Starts at 6pm
Janet Seidel is the absolute siren of swing. With only two exclusive shows, you can see her on the beach at the Tingirana Room tonight from 7pm. Tickets are limited, so call 1300797723 to book. There will be no guarantee of door sales as this concert is expected to be a sell out.
Love to dance, then Tewantin Noosa Golf Club is the place to be. Sydney Big Band sensation Les Crosby will be in Cabaret with vocalist Renee Kayser as part of the Noosa Jazz Festival. This national touring group will let your feet trip the light fantastic. Meals will be available and show starts at 7pm. Call 1300797723 for more info.
For those of you who melt over American sensation, Michael Buble, then Mark Sholtez is your answer to hot and sultry. He can been seen in a one off concert at Noosa Heads only night club the Rolling Rock. He has crooned beside George Benson and backed Diana Krall, and is a must see act. He will be joined by high energy New Orleans Latin jazz band Wildrice from Sydney… Show kicks off at 7.30pm Tickets available at the door or call 1300797723
SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
Start your day with the opportunity to rub shoulders and chat with all the Noosa Jazz Festival star performers at Bicentennial Hall from 9.30am - yes, it's breakfast with the stars…call 1300797723 for more details
Catch the Noosa Jazz Festival courtesy shuttle to Blue Fish Bar & Grill for an early morning boogy woogie session with Jan Preseton and then be surprised by some Queensland talent - Back To Sea as they change the pace to a smooth blues setting. A combination totally worth seeing. - 11am-3pm..call 1300797723 for bookings.
Ready for a true jazz swing cruise, then head to the Sheraton Jetty and pick up the MV Catalina and come cruising with the cream of the Sydney Jazz Scene, Geoff Bull, Paul Furniss and Carol Ralph as they hot up the Noosa River from 12-1.30pm Saturday
The Gentleman of Jazz , NZ crooner Bryan Church, the masters of Swing Dan Barnett & George Washingmachine from Sydney will be joining Melbourne siren of Swing Yvette Johansson & the Joe Roberto Trio in a boiling pot of hot & sultry jazz in the Tingirana Room Saturday 12-4pm. Tickets available at the door or call 1300797723.
If you love tradtitional style jazz, then head to the Bicentennial Hall from 1-4pm as there will be an explosion of trad filtering into the streets and featuring some of Australia's most celebrated trad players, such as Bob Barnard..and the list goes on. Tickets available at the door or call 1300797723.
Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime to see internationally touring sensation - The Cat Empire, hot from their European tour. Never before has Noosa hosted such iconic bands in our own backyard..no need to go to Brisbane Entertainment centre, as they are right here…Saturday 1st September..doors open at 4pm. 4 other bands will be heading up the proceedings and promise to provide the audience with electric funk,hip hop and high energy latin/carribean jazz …such as Melbourne sensation The Bamboos, Jan Preston from Sydney & Laique from Brisbane….a never to be repeated lineup..Tickets available on 1300797723 - $60 & VIP access tickets also on sale for $100.
Bicentennial Hall will be pumping out more of the same hot new Orleans jazz and blues with a twist of gyspy jazz plus a tribute to the great Louis Armstrong on Saturday from 5-11pm, featuring the festivals cream of musicians from all over Australia . Tickets available at the door or call 1300797723
A one off…at the Fresh Water Bar & Grill..A never to be repeated fusion of Frank Sinatra and David Bowie, with one of Sydney's most respected artists, Jeff Duff. Duff will perform his theatrical extravaganza, Ground Control to Frank Sinatra.. Come and step outside the square as Noosa witnesses a show that has never been seen this far North. And features resident Bennetts Lane Band in Melbourne, the Joe Ruberto Trio. Tickets are limited and bookings are recommended call 1300797723 for details.
Janet Seidel in her final performance at the Noosa Jazz Festival will be offering the Tewantin Noosa Golf Club audience an intimate jazz session upon a baby grand piano. Seidel promises to blend Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and an occasional nod to Julie London, all in one performance. An evening of quiet seduction of jazz, and also featuring the Clare Hansson trio..Tickets available at the door or call 1300797723
SUNDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Have a Beachside breaky with two legends, Bob Barnard and Dick Hughes at the Tingirana Room. Your last opportunity to see these two blokes do what they do best.. Breaky kicks off at 9.30am
Morning madness will be on board the MV Catalina as the Jazz Factory and Bev Sheehan head out along the river and create a floating New Orleans, with plenty of bawdy brass and Queensland hospitality Seats are limited, so book now on 1300797723. Departs Sheraton Jetty 9.30am sharp.
The Tingirana Room is your last chance to see John Morrison and Jackie Cooper in this magnificent backdrop called Noosa Beach. They will be joined by Melbourne internationally touring band The Syncopaters and the unforgettable James Flynn in a celebration of Nat King Cole. Show kicks off at 12pm Tickets at the door or call 1300797723
If the final blast at the Bicentennial Hall is not your bag and you want cool swing and high energy jazz, then the Ivory bar in Hastings St is the place to be from 5pm till stumps. This mix is a must see of young raw talent, stirred with a hint of tradition and promises to offer spontaneous hot nu jazz and sultry swing..what a combination..Tickets available at the door
The year cannot end without a Tribute to Mr Frank Johnson..hosted by original band member ken Evans. This exclusive one off concert will take you back to Melbourne Town hall in 1949..want more…then be at the Tewantin Noosa Golf Club at 1pm Sunday 2nd September. Limited tickets. Call 1300797723.
The Sunday Mail Jazz in the Woods celebrates Fathers Day with hot food and cool jazz. Bring your family and friends down to the Noosa Lions Park. Free Entertainment kicks off at 10am showcasing over 50 of Australia's best jazz musicians. Shop in the craft stalls, grab a bite and a drink and celebrate the final day of this 4 day festival. Pre book your own party tent…how?? Call 1300797723
The Queen of Boogy Woogy will be singing her swan song, together with hot new talent, Sydneys's Adrian Cunningham at his final CD Launch at the Freshwater Bar & Grill. Don't miss the final performance from these two amazing artists. Doors open at 6pm
Yvette Johannson's second performance at the festival will be a show not to miss. She will lure you into her music den at the Tingirana Room, together with international sensation Cathy Segal Garcia and Ingrid James These sirens of swing will be sure hypnotize any discerning audience. Tickets available at the door or call 1300797723
CLOSING HASTINGS STREET FOR HOT JAZZ AND A GOOD CAUSE
The first full day of the best-ever Noosa Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday, 31 August at 10am with the closure of one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations, Hastings Street, Noosa. But it's all for a a good cause and not for long.
After an opening jam session on Thursday night, the first full day of the Noosa Jazz Festival kicks off with a New Orleans style parade down Hastings Street, behind the King and Queen of the Festival - all in the name of supporting the charity, RSPCA Queensland.
"There will be loads of colour and entertainment and last year's road closure saw the crowds three-deep all the way down this iconic tourist street to catch the procession of bands and street entertainers," said event director, Garth Prowd.
The parade ends in Noosa Woods where a range of schools' jazz big bands will be entertaining the crowd all day as part of the Youth in Jazz program which involves over 450 students over two days of free concerts.
"The Hastings Street Parade is a real crowd-pleaser, with festival musicians and performers taking part, and the street full of spectators enjoying the entertainment and the weather, so there's lots of colour, music and interesting people to see," he said.
The Noosa Jazz Festival has its broadest program yet with The Cat Empire; The Bamboos; Bob Barnard; James Morrison and Emma Pask at berardo's; Renee Geyer at the Sheraton; Barry Charles & David Bentley at Noosa North Shore Blues; award winning Janet Seidel; Mettaphor; boogie woogie babe Jan Preston; Adrian Cunningham; Jeff Duff; John Morrison & Jacqui Cooper; Yvette Johansson and Joe Ruberto Trio; Matt Baker; James Flynn; The Sweet Lowdowns; Caxton Street Jazz Band; Wildrice; Ingrid James & a Cathy Segal-Garcia; Paul Furniss; Carol Ralph; Colan Nolan; The Syncopators, and more.
"While it's lots of fun for everyone, The Noosa Jazz Festival is also an important event in the Noosa and Queensland calendar, and in the national jazz calendar. It brings to town over 20,000 people to enjoy more than 170 individual artists, performing at venues around the shire. The event supports the music industry and Noosa's local businesses and in turn, they support the Festival," said Garth.
"What's very special about our festival is that it promises great fun and great value for families, for jazz enthusiasts and even for those who just like to enjoy this great time of the year in Noosa. We offer free outdoor concerts, free entry to most participating restaurants, or door prices ranging from $10 - $20," he said.
In addition to the Hastings Street Parade and the Youth in Jazz program, other special things to watch out for this year include:
The Cat Empire exclusive concert
The Tingirana Room for beachside jazz
Breakfast with the Stars
Celebration of 100 years of Lifesaving
A Tribute to Frank Johnston
Mark Sholtez exclusive concert
Evolution of Jazz special event
For tickets, hit the jazz festival website at www.noosajazz.com.au
or call 1300-797-723. For general enquiries also see the website or call 07 54490711
ANOTHER BIG TURN OUT OF JAZZ STUDENTS AT NOOSA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2007
This year's Noosa Jazz Festival will once again have plenty for budding jazz artists performing in the special Youth in Jazz program.
"Along with the exciting program of international and national guest artists with over 170 musicians blowing up a storm at the Noosa Jazz Festival, we are also very proud of our Youth in Jazz Program," said Garth Prowd, event director.
"There will be an amazing amount of young talent coming from all over South East Queensland performing their Glen Miller style renditions. Some of these school and conservatorium bands are national competition champions," he said.
The Youth in Jazz Program will be held in Noosa Lions Park at the end of Hastings Street from 10am to 7.00pm at the Noosa Jazz Festival on Friday 31, August and Saturday, 1 September from 10am - 3.00pm. There will be free auditorium style seating in front of the main stage, with some drinks and food available.
"The Youth in Jazz program supports the future of the Queensland jazz industry and we are proud to be able to offer the students the opportunity to showcase their talents in our own backyard" said Garth Prowd.
"The cream of Queensland's Jazz Big Bands will be blowing up a storm over the two days and we are excited that this arm of the festival just keeps on getting stronger. The program started humbly five years ago, and now we can honestly say that the talent on offer each year just gets better and better."
"These 'free to the public' concerts have grown to become another popular event on the program with over 450 participating students over the two days entertaining thousands of people in a relaxed 'Noosa style' atmosphere."
"This year we will be offering the audiences an opportunity to grab a bite to eat from one of the various foods stalls and join us in the beer garden on Friday night while they watch the students in action in the later part of the program from 5pm onwards."
"Don't miss the opportunity to see some young stars in the making," said Garth.
The festival will be showcasing 18 schools' big bands with over 450 students over two full days. Band sizes range from 10 to 30 students. Schools are coming from Noosa, Coolum, Sunshine Beach and as far as Brisbane, with a festival highlight being the Queensland Youth Orchestra.
"If the talent from last year is anything to go by, we are in for another great treat, as they have yet another year of studies behind them," he said.
"The festival organisers are passionate about giving the students the opportunity to play to live audiences which we hope will help them become confident young adults. Our aim is to acknowledge their dedication to music and also to ensure they carry on with their studies in the future," said Garth.