Big bands, big names announced for Manly Jazz

Manly will come to life this spring with the big, brassy sounds of Australia’s longest-running jazz festival, with the program announced for the return of Manly Jazz.

Held from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September, the three-day music festival will feature renowned artists including Dan Barnett, one of Australia’s most respected singers, trombonists and bandleaders, guitarist from blues Ray Beadle, jazz fiddler and vocalist George Washingmachine, and the Bob Barnard Tribute Band, paying tribute to the iconic jazz legend who passed away earlier this year.

“After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Manly Jazz is back, bigger and better than ever,” said Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan.

“Now in its 45th year, Manly Jazz is renowned for its stunning location, stellar lineup of musicians and laid-back festival beach vibe.

“Join us as the Corso and surrounding streets and alleyways come alive to the sounds of jazz, blues and roots, swing and more.

“The festivities kick off Friday night with Crawfish Po Boys, Cumbiamuffin and the Horn Dogs sure to get everyone moving.”

On the John Speight Stage, you can enjoy the Bob Barnard Tribute Band, Ray Beadle Trio, Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong, Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra, Andrew Robertson Big Band and The Influence – The Stevie Wonder Show.

On the Sydney Road stage you can listen to George Washingmachine and Friends, Queenie and The Cavaliers, Todd Hardy Sextet, Dan Barnett and Friends, Kate Wadey Quartet, AAA Organ Trio and the Spyglass Gypsies and more.

The Sussudio Big Band, Village Big Band, Dr V’s Swing Thing, Horns Plus Big Band and Northside Big Band will perform inside St Matt’s Church on the Corso.

See the full list of programs here

You can witness the next generation of jazz musicians, with live bands and orchestras from many local schools including Balgowlah Boys, Mackellar Girls, Killarney Heights High, Pittwater High School, Pittwater House, Northern Beaches Secondary College and Manly Selective High, St Augustine’s College, and St Luke’s Grammar.

Artistic director Caroline Speight said the return of Manly Jazz was good news for musicians and the community after two difficult years.

“It’s fantastic that we can present three days of live music to celebrate the 45th Manly Jazz after being online for two years,” Ms Speight said.

“I can’t wait for Manly to come alive with the sounds and energy of great performances throughout the weekend.”

There will also be several on-site acts at bars, clubs and restaurants in Manly to be announced shortly, as well as the Manager’s Choice gig.

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