Inaugural Jazz By The Beach to light up Perth’s music scene
The first Jazz By The Beach is expected to bring a slice of New Orleans jazz to the streets of Scarborough in Perth for two days of world-class live music next month (August 14-15).
The idea of English-born and Perth-based performer Catherine Summers, Jazz By The Beach was created in part after the COVID pandemic caused a series of cancellations last year.
“I hope this oceanfront event draws all kinds of people from all of the surrounding suburbs and beyond to enjoy the New Orleans buzz with the jazz pouring into the streets,” Catherine said.
“Many thanks to the City of Stirling Community Creativity Fund developed as part of the City of Stirling’s Economic Stimulus and Community Recovery program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I applied for and received the grant to carry out the creation, promotion and publicity of the festival. “
A mix of paid and free events at eight venues, Jazz By The Beach will feature Ali Bodycoat, Russell Holmes, Lucky Oceans, Juliana Areias, Howie Morgan, Steven Hensby, Freddie Grigson, Holly Scott and the touring band Junkadelic – as so as Catherine and her group of five musicians.
“I am thrilled and honored to play alongside the fantastic talent we have in this first year and it’s great to have iconic beachfront and ocean view venues involved such as The Sandbar , The Scarborough Beach Bar, Zoie, The Surf Life Saving Club and more while providing people with both a world-class jazz music experience and a world-class oceanfront view of the ocean. “
Initially a one-day event, local interest and community spirit turned Jazz By The Beach into a two-day weekend affair.
“After realizing the enthusiasm of each of the participating sites to host an event like this, the project grew bigger and bigger, turning a one day event and four venues into two days, eight venues and we have now eighteen acts over the two days; that’s fantastic! ” shines Catherine.
Jazz By The Beach takes place at various locations in Scarborough (Perth) from August 14-15. More information.
Jazz By The Beach 2021 program
The Steve Hensby group
Russell Holmes & Catherine Summers
Bossa nova baby
Tim Voutas and Sarah Ramsey
Lucy Iffla Quartet
Holli Scott & Dom Barrett
Ali bodysuit trio
The Luke Minness trio
Howie Morgan Group
Buma Boys Beans