Clarence Jazz Festival pushes boundaries

THE annual Clarence Jazz Festival is back once again, this time with a fresh palette and new focus on diversity and boundary-pushing jazz.

Now in its 24th year, the eight-day festival will open with a free outdoor concert at Kangaroo Bay Parklands on Sunday 16 February, celebrating the best big bands in Tasmania.

The Swinging Sunday will feature a host of local talent including the UTAS All Stars, Elizabeth College Big Band, Australian Army Big Band, and Nadira and Friends Big Band, as well as original compositions by M.O.B. – The McEntee Ottaway Big Band.

The festival’s ever-popular free Twilight Series will again run from 17 to 20 February and showcase local artists in a range of open-air concerts throughout the city of Clarence.

The Clarence Jazz Festival Big Weekend will be held at Rosny Farm from 21 to 23 February with an incredible variety of ground-breaking jazz acts and ticketed headline performances in the Jazz Lounge, plus free entertainment all weekend on the lawns at Rosny Farm.

The Big Weekend has been curated with local, national and international acts and is the most culturally and musically diverse program on offer to date.

Operating alongside the outdoor music venue at Rosny Farm is the Jazz Lounge in Rosny Barn.

The incredible future soul singer Wallace from NZ/UK will headline a program of premium ticketed concerts and shows in the Jazz Lounge, also hosting other incredible acts including Uncomfortable Science with Lachlan Mitchell, and Sky Voltage assisted through Multicultural Arts Victoria.

The festival is welcoming back Dan Barnett as this year’s Clarence Jazz Festival ambassador and is pleased to announce the 2020 Clarence Jazz Festival Scholarship Program winners Billie Raffety (vocals), Eiljah Davies (guitar) and Sebastian Folvig (cass), who will all perform at the finale on Sunday 23 February.

“The Clarence Jazz Festival is Clarence’s premier event and each year delivers a festival full of great music and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy,” Clarence Deputy Mayor and Jazz Festival convenor Alderman Heather Chong said.

“This year I encourage residents and visitors alike to explore the new-look festival with family and friends.”

Food and drink will be available for purchase on site and guests are welcome to bring their own picnic to most concerts.

For more details on specific events, artist profiles or to purchase tickets, head to www.clarenceartsandevents.net/clarence-jazz-festival.

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