Jazz Festival swings through Clarence

The 28th the Clarence Jazz Festival built upon the successful elements of previous years, presenting a musically, culturally and gender-diverse line up accompanying a vibrant mix of festival favourites, new acts and local produce.

Despite wild winds leading to the cancellation of the final day and closing night event, the four preceding days of the festival drew more than 2700 revellers to the Eastern Shore.

The extensive program showcased more than 120 local, national and international artists in more than 50 free and ticketed gigs spanning traditional jazz masters to funk and soul fusions.

Clarence City Council Mayor Brendan Blomeley said the council was proud to deliver a world-class festival with talent from near and far, as well as spectacular food and wine from across Clarence.

“I hope these are the first of many events to be enjoyed in the Rosny Parklands,” he said.

“We have some great plans for the space that will extend our arts and cultural precinct and increase our capability to host more events like this.

“Throughout the event, the council maintained its commitment to supporting new and emerging artists through the Jazz Scholarship program, the successful HotHouse Project and the launch of the new artist-exchange program with the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival.

“From the hundreds of locals who enthusiastically attended their first-ever council event to emerging music students playing live on stage with jazz legends, the significance of the 2024 Clarence Jazz Festival is truly profound.”

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