Noosa Jazz Festival 2006


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  • Location: Noosa Heads and Noosa Shire, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

2006 is looking bigger than ever.  Who's coming...?  Bob Barnard, Monica Trapaga, Grahame Bell to name a few, plus our regular favourites Adrian Cunningham & Matt Baker.

This year's festival will feature 160 passionate and vibrant national and international artists offering 90 individual opportunities to see them in action. The festival will again offer all styles of jazz from Traditional to the modern, funk and blues. There are over 30 participating restaurants, 3 free outdoor concerts, not to mention over 450 school students will blow you away with their amazing talents in a two day Youth In Jazz Program.  Most of the festival entertainment is free, with some door fee charges. 

Program highlights:
'Soul What' from Budapest
James Morrison and Emma Pask
Sheraton Ball
Wildrice from Sydney
Shuffle Club from Melbourne
Individuals:  David Paquette (USA/NZ) Ed Wilson(Syd), George Golla(Syd), James Flynn(Perth), Gil Askey (USA), Peter Gaudion (Melb)..plus many more
Jazz River Cruises

A full program, further general information and tickets for the Noosa Jazz Festival are available at www.noosajazz.com.au  or contact 07 5449 9189.

Noosa Jazz Festival - TICKETS NOW SELLING

The full program is now available and tickets are selling fast to the 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival, which is again offering a broad range of jazz styles, a bevy of international and national guest artists and a few surprises for this year's event from Thursday, 31 August to Sunday, 3 September.

While out-of-towners need to pack their bags and head for sunny Noosa for the 15th Noosa Jazz Festival, locals can enjoy the entertainment and fun with next-to-no effort or cost.

Over 160 musicians will be blowing up a storm in Noosa with free concerts in the park and all styles of jazz showcased in various restaurants and venues. Most of the entertainment will be free to the public, with some door fees from as little as $10 per ticket.

Join us in welcoming some of Australia's celebrated jazz musicians, such as Sydney's Bob Barnard, Graeme Bell, James Morrison, Monica Trapaga, Matt Baker, Adrian Cunningham, Col Nolan, Carol Ralph, Ed Gaston and the list goes on.  Or from Melbourne, Creolle Bells, Michael McQuaid's young band Sweet Lowdowns, or female vocalist sensations Julie O'Hara and Yvette Johannson.  We promise to bring you jazz from all over Australia as well as 10th Avenue Jazz Band once again gracing Noosa's shores from the USA, and Dixie Jam Session from Hungary.

"There will be plenty of opportunities to "trip the light fantastic" on many a dance floor, or just sit and soak up the atmosphere that this tremendous event offers. The weekend promises music for all age groups from traditional through to more contemporary styles, as well as some great Bourbon St blues. You can bring the whole family and all your friends," said Linda Jedynak, the event organiser.

"This year we are providing a special venue, with our beachside jazz marquee at 'The Tingirana Room'. You can sink your feet into the sand and witness some spontaneous music with the superb ocean backdrop of Noosa Main Beach, at this new purpose built venue."

"You can hit Hastings Street from as early as 9.30am each morning and spend the whole day catching up on new or favourite artists. Or get out to Bicentennial Hall in Sunrise, restaurants and other venues along the Noosa River, venues at Noosa Junction and Tewantin, or go as far afield as Noosa North Shore and Eumundi."

"The great tradition of an opening night "Jam Session" on Thursday, 31 August, then the ever-popular closure of Hastings Street for the street parade on the morning of Friday, 1 September with the King and Queen of Jazz, followed by the Youth in Jazz in Noosa Woods, will ensure a tremendous start to what promises to be another wonderful Festival. And as always the wonderful free family event, Jazz in the Woods will provide a great opportunity to relax with the whole family on Fathers' Day," said Linda.

Linda explained that one event that promises to capture the essence of what the festival has become over the past 15 years is the "Evolution of Jazz" on Saturday night at the Bicentennial Hall.

"Bob Barnard, Graeme Bell and Paul Furniss, who are three of Australia's most respected jazz musicians, will present the audience with a snapshot of their colourful careers in a chronicle of words, film and spontaneous music. The vision has been carefully put together from the '74 & '76 Melbourne Jazz Conventions and also snapshots from the "on Jazz" ABC series.  This exclusive production promises to be a show stopper and one of the many pinnacles of the festival," she said.

Hit the jazz festival website for further details on www.noosajazz.com.au and enter in our competition to win yourself free tickets to the event, or for general enquiries call the hot line on 07 54499189.

TRACING AUSTRALIAN JAZZ HISTORY IN NOOSA

Two of Australia's most respected jazz musicians will join forces at the 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival to chronicle in words, film and music some of the history of jazz music in Australia and Queensland.

The 15th Noosa Jazz Festival is being held from Thursday, 31 August till Sunday, 3 September 2006. The full program is now available and tickets are selling fast to the 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival, which is again offering a broad range of jazz styles, a bevy of international and national guest artists and a few surprises for this year's event.

Over 160 musicians will be blowing up a storm in Noosa with free concerts in the park and all styles of jazz showcased in various restaurants and venues. Most of the entertainment will be free to the public, with some door fees from as little as $10 per ticket.

Graeme Bell, making his first Noosa Jazz Festival appearance, will join Bob Barnard with fellow musicians and friends, Paul Furniss, Tony Ashby and Col Nolan in "The Evolution of Jazz" event, a nostalgic trip down jazz's memory lane.

Bob and Graeme will talk and play their way through some of their most creative years, and explain the evolution that raised the profile of jazz music to new levels throughout the continent in the 1970's.

"Evolution of Jazz" on Saturday night at the Bicentennial Hall will feature amazing film vision gathered from historic events such as the 1974 and 1976 Australian Jazz Conventions held in Brisbane and Melbourne.

"The vision has been carefully compiled on DVD by the Queensland University and gives a rare insight into the part that these events played in bringing traditional jazz to the general public during the '70s.  One particularly important segment of the vision shows an interview between Mileham Hayes and Noosa Jazz Party founder and mentor, Frank Johnson," explained Linda Jedynak, the event organiser.

"Having such a special event as part of this, our 15th Noosa Jazz Festival is very fitting, given that the 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival will also present a tribute to Frank Johnson for his contribution to jazz in Australia, as well as his tireless work in establishing the important jazz culture in Noosa, through the "Jazz Party" said Linda. …/2

"Whilst Melbourne has long been regarded as the home of Traditional and Mainstream Jazz in Australia, the part that Queensland and Gary Balkin's Melbourne Hotel in Brisbane, played in the jazz world can not be  discounted."

"So important was the emerging jazz scene at The Melbourne in its heyday that both Barnard and Bell travelled weekly to Brisbane from Melbourne and Sydney respectively to take their place in the Ken Herron Jazz Band which was then the widely respected 'house band' at The Melbourne."

Ken Herron's Band at the Melbourne Hotel was to later become the subject of one of the ABC TV's popular "On Jazz" live recorded programs featuring the greats of Australian jazz music, further focusing the jazz world's attention on Queensland.

Barnard and Bell will relive these heady days of jazz as they recount their experiences for the benefit of their audiences.

Bob Barnard, recognised as one of the world's great jazz trumpet players, and Graeme Bell similarly regarded in the world of jazz pianists, will make two exclusive solo performances during the 2006 Noosa event and will be sure to delight the crowds as they have done for many years.

Hit the jazz festival website for further details on www.noosajazz.com.au and enter in our competition to win yourself free tickets to the event, or for general enquiries call the hot line on 07 54499189.

STAR-STUDDED NOOSA JAZZ FESTIVAL BROADENS ITS MUSICAL HORIZONS & APPEAL

The 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival's four day celebration of hot food, warm weather and cool jazz will please die-hard regular festival-goers and encourage some new recruits by continuing its efforts to broaden the range of jazz styles and performers in this, its 15th year. The festival will be held from 31 August to 3 September 2006.

At the launch of the festival today (2 August) with sponsors, media and supporters, the event coordinator, Georgie Hannon, explained that the 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival has set broader musical horizons for the event, with all styles of jazz incorporated in a star-studded line up of over 160 performers and some of the biggest names in the national jazz scene.

"The Noosa Jazz Festival has always been known as a really great fun event. Over the last few years we have been trying to offer more variety and this year we are going all-out to provide a wide assortment of jazz sounds from the ever-popular traditional to swing, dixie, funk, boogie woogie and the more modern and blues line-up," Georgie said.

Georgie made special mention that the festival's regular popular features are still included.

"The great tradition of an opening night 'Jam Session' is still included on Thursday, 31 August, as well as the ever-popular closure of Hastings Street for the New Orleans style parade on the morning of Friday, 1 September, followed by the Youth in Jazz program in Noosa Woods all day Friday and Saturday. And as always the wonderful free family event, Jazz in the Woods, will provide a great opportunity to relax with the whole family on Fathers' Day," said Georgie.

Georgie also talked about this year's special events and headliner performers and bands.

Two of Australia's most respected jazz musicians will join forces to chronicle in words, film and music some of the history of jazz music in Australia and Queensland at the 'Evolution of Jazz' night.

"The Grandfather of Australian Jazz, Graeme Bell, making his second Noosa Jazz Festival appearance, will join Bob Barnard, the legend of jazz, with fellow musicians and friends, Paul Furniss, Tony Ashby and Col Nolan in "The Evolution of Jazz" event, a nostalgic trip down jazz's memory lane," she said.

Graeme recently (1 August) won the top award at the 6th annual 2006 Helpmann Awards presented each year by Live Performance Australia. He won the JC Williamson Award for outstanding contribution to the Australian entertainment and live performance industry.

The 2006 Noosa Jazz Festival will also present a tribute to Frank Johnston on Sunday for his contribution to jazz in Australia and his tireless work in establishing the important jazz culture in Noosa, as founder and mentor of the "Jazz Party", which kicked off our Jazz Festival," said Georgie.

Georgie explained the festival also has two new marquee set-ups this year with lots to offer.

"The Sunset Lounge in Noosa Woods has special events each evening. On Friday and Sunday nights we have "Jazz at the Sunset Lounge" with great performances and a free glass of bubbly from 6-9pm. Then on Saturday night we will have "Sunset Blues" featuring Geoff Achison and the Soul Diggers, the Barry Charles Band and Di Horder and Richard Holland Quintet - a 3 hour gig for serious blues lovers," explained Georgie.

"The second marquee, "The Tingirana Room" is being set up on main beach offering unique events with a magnificent backdrop. Artists include Graeme Bell in a rare solo performance, Monica Trapaga, and "Jazz Breakfasts" with our international guests "Dixie Jam" and with Bob Barnard,' she said.

Georgie went on to list the tremendous line up of talent including: James Morrison Emma Pask Geoff Achison Graeme Bell Bob Barnard Monica Trapaga Ingrid James Matt Baker Adrian Cunningham Rachel Dunham Megan Washington Paul Furniss Tony Ashby Col Nolan

and bands including:

Creolle Bells
Dixie Jam Session (Hungary)
10th Avenue Jazz Band (USA)
Wizard and Oz
Julie O'Hara Riftet
Sweet Lowdowns
Jazz Factory
Yvette Johannson & Joe Ruberto Trio
Glenn Walton Quintet
Axle Whitehead Band

check out the website at www.noosajazz.com.au 

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