Organisers of Australia’s longest running public celebration of jazz music, the iconic ‘Manly Jazz’, are this year inviting participation by a broader range of jazz performers, genres and styles, as well as providing more venues across Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
“Jazz is at the core of almost all modern music styles, so at ‘Manly Jazz’ we celebrate different music styles while still cherishing the purest forms of jazz”, said festival creative director, Caroline Speight.
The thirty-ninth annual ‘Manly Jazz’ will run from 26 September to 3 October with performances in more than 15 indoor and outdoor venues, including major stages alongside Manly’s 2.4 kilometre (1.5-mile) Pacific surf beach.
The internationally acclaimed ‘Manly Jazz’ is known worldwide for its beautiful locations and the diversity of music it presents, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and blues.
In 2015, 120,000 music lovers flocked to Manly Beach to hear artists such as James Morrison, The Idea of North and Darren Percival among many others.
Previous years have attracted international and local jazz greats such as Bill Summers, Eric Alexander, Tricia Evy, Lionel Cole, James Valentine, Charles McPherson and many, many more.
“The musical performances have evolved over the years and now range from traditional jazz to blues and funk performing in designated venues including open air beach-side stages, concert halls, bars, clubs and even churches,” said Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly.
“’Manly Jazz’ is first and foremost a music festival - a real celebration of sound. But it is also a celebration of Australia’s beach culture and especially the wonderful Manly vibe. What better place to do so than right here at our beautiful beachfront?”
With a focus on building the future of music, ‘Manly Jazz’ continues to showcase young talent by inviting college and high school ensembles to perform as well as having them play with jazz greats.
“We’ve always included some small workshops with our guest artists and this year we are hoping to expand on this so that musicians of any style, young and old, can come along to talk with and learn from the professional musicians,” said Ms Speight.
“It’s a special part of ‘Manly Jazz’ that literally makes music and musicians accessible to anyone but it hasn’t always received the recognition it deserves. This year we want to change that.”