Australia’s only 9 day jazz festival is turning 21. It’s time to celebrate.
The Clarence Jazz Festival on Hobart’s eastern shore, is a celebration of live music at waterfront locations taking in stunning views of Mount Wellington, beaches and vineyards.
With a picnic atmosphere, it brings local, interstate and international artists to play in stunning locations right when the golden days of Tasmania’s mild summer are at their zenith.
Headline acts include Mike Field (Canada), Adelaide’s Lucky Seven, Melbourne’s The Shuffle Club and Kristin Berardi, while a cadre of the best of Tasmanian jazz also take the stage.
A unique touch to the Clarence Jazz Festival is the ambassador program that features three well-known jazz performers who bring the concerts together, guest with the musicians on stage and engage with the crowd.
This year three favourite ambassadors will join in the celebrations – Melbourne saxophonist and vocalist Paul Williamson, Sydney trombonist and vocalist Dan Barnett, and violinist and vocalist George Washingmachine.
To celebrate its coming of age, the festival is quite literally having a birthday party. With four of the nation’s best boogie and jump jiving bands along with some birthday extras including a jazz history exhibition and a special collector’s edition vinyl release.