5 must-see acts at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival 2022 shared by Co-Artistic Director Zoe Hauptmann

The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival is back in force in 2022 (October 27 to November 5) for its 11th edition.

The first week of the festival will take place at a central hub, the vibrant Seymour Center in Chippendale. The York Theater will host the headliners, with opening performers from 7.30pm, while a late-night festival club with live music will occupy the foyer.

One of the many headliners for the 2022 festival at the Seymour Center is powerful Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana (Blue Note). An organized program of festival events at clubs and venues around the city is also on the schedule.

SIWJF Co-Artistic Director, Zoe Hauptmann offers five must-see SIWJF 2022 performances.

1: Lighthouse

Pharos is a powerhouse. A festival favourite, the ten-piece band has been killing it since 2016. Led by bassist Hannah James, Pharos brings together some of Australia‘s most forward-thinking, award-winning musicians and improvisers.

This unique and electrifying collective merges the best of big band with the flexibility, creativity and genre exploration expected in any modern ensemble. It’s not a jazz festival without an all-star big band. Foundry 616 on November 1.

2: Suomi Suite with Iro Haarla

We are very happy to invite international artists to the festival again in 2022. Iro Haarla is an exceptional Finnish musician, who is equally at home on the concert harp as he is on the piano.

On October 29, at the Seymour Center show, audiences can experience music written by award-winning ARIA bassist Jonathan Zwartz especially for Iro and the band, commissioned by SIMA. It’s a quiet musical journey that’s guaranteed to conjure up vivid images of nature.

3: Marloo’s blues

Marlene Cummins is a proud Guguyelandji and Woppaburra woman, who has lived and breathed the blues all her life. Don’t miss his show on October 28 at the Seymour Centre.

Her story is one of vulnerability, strength and survival. She is an amazing woman and it has been such an honor for me to get to know her over the past year.

This show will be very special, we play a repertoire chosen by Marlene which includes her original compositions. Marlene is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous blues writers and performers, experiencing the blues from an Aboriginal woman’s perspective.

4: Andrea Keller

Andrea Keller, one of Australia’s most beloved jazz composers and pianists, will present a brand new project at a spectacularly beautiful new theater in Walsh Bay, home of the ACO, on 3 November. She will be joined by Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet, John Mackey on saxophone and a six-string section led by Véronique Serret.

Combining his dedication to creative music and improvisation with an affinity for chamber music, this series of new works features various combinations of the trio and strings.

5: 2022 SIWJF Closing Party

After more than 20 shows in 10 days, we’ll be ready for a party to celebrate the end of SIWJF 2022. This night of future soul, funk will have us all dancing late into the night. Monstress is an all-female quartet that plays groovy, funky soul with irresistible energy.

Sydney soul queen Natalie Slade returns from London to headline Mary’s Underground on November 5. To ensure the music never stops, FBI Radio DJ, Honeypoint will keep the music on between sets.

The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival takes place in various venues between October 27 and November 5.

2022 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival Program

October 27 – Melissa Aldana Quartet & Jo Lawry + Dan Tepfer @ Seymour Center York Theater
October 27 – Jodie Michaels Trio @ Seymour Center Foyer
October 28 – Marloo’s Blues with Marlene Cummins + SHAMIN @ Seymour Center York Theater
October 28 – Tilly Street Trio @ Seymour Center Foyer
October 29 – Suite Suomi feat. Iro Haarla + Claire Edwardes @ Seymour Center York Theater
October 29 – Bernice Tesara Trio @ Seymour Center Foyer
October 30 – Jodie Michael & Ben Lerner Quartet @ Jangling Jacks (free entry)
October 30 – Belinda Holland @ Lazybones
October 30 – Magdalena Mira @ Butchers Brew
October 31 – Jiem & Hilary Geddes Quartet @ Church St Studios
October 31 – Monday Night Jam Ft. Joy Yates @ Lazybones
November 1 – Lisa Oduor-Noah @ Phoenix Central Park
November 1 – Jetsets (three female special guests) @ Brand X
November 1 – Tuesday Night Jazz Orchestra @ Lazybones
November 1 – Pharos @ Foundry616
November 2 – Abby Constable, Wilbur Whitta, Jack Stoneham @ The Dock (free admission)
November 2 – Hinterlandt + Keyna Wilkins @ Lazybones
November 3 – Andrea Keller Trio with String Sextet @ Pier 2/3 – ACO
November 3 – Zela Margossian Quintet @ Foundry616
November 3 – 343 Brass Band @ Johnson St Jazz
November 4 – Jo Fabro @ Butchers Brew
November 4 – Major Zulu @Foundry616
November 5 – Festival Closing Party – Monstress, Natalie Slade, Honey Point @ Mary’s Underground

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