Manly Jazz, 2022: Festival returns after two-year COVID hiatus | Northern Beaches Review

AUSTRALIA’s longest-running jazz festival returns to Manly this spring, with two big days of music on 24 and 25 September.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival has been held online for the past two years. But this year, the Corso and the surrounding streets and alleys will come alive with jazz and the event is expected to attract thousands of people.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan said the return of Manly Jazz would be a lively celebration for locals and visitors alike.

“After two years of disruption, we are delighted to bring back our big events to support our local musicians and performers and liven up our streets again,” he said.

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“Manly Jazz continues to attract visitors from Sydney and beyond, boosting our local economy, especially as businesses recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“That’s why, together with the Manly Business Chamber, we’ve moved the festival from the long weekend in October to a less busy weekend in September, providing a great weekend of music while supporting businesses local markets during a traditionally calmer commercial period.”

There’s something for everyone, with a wide range of jazz planned, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots.

Artistic director Caroline Speight said the return of Manly Jazz was good news for local artists to be able to perform at events again.

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“We look forward to rediscovering the joy of sharing the excitement of great jazz live at the 45th Manly Jazz, creating hope and healing the community through the arts and performance,” she said.

“We are committed to honoring the Manly Jazz legacy, showcasing iconic jazz musicians and supporting young rising stars through a diverse arts program.”

The program will be unveiled at the end of July.

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