Perth International Jazz Fest Returns With Shows At Hyde Park, A Secret Rooftop Venue And More
The Perth International Jazz Festival is back this November for a very special 10th anniversary edition!
Over 10 fun-filled days this November there’ll be international stars, Australian artists, jazz films and more showcased across Perth and the south west.
The Perth International Jazz Festival aims to popularise jazz music in the community by providing influential music from talented artists and creating exceptional programs, with a mission to become nationally and internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most iconic jazz festivals.
Some of this year’s returning artists include Troy Roberts, Vanessa Perica, Sam Anning, Tal Cohen, Mat Jodrell, Carl Mackey, Tim Jago and Jordan Murray, while the likes of Aura (Melbourne), Brekky Boy (Sydney), Sophie Min (Brisbane), Transients: Wilson/Anning/Keller (Melbourne), Heinrich Von Kalnein (Germany), Kari Ikonen (Finland) and more will be making their Perth debuts.
Among an array of eclectic events taking place in exciting spaces, a few highlights include:
Jazz In The City @ Forrest Place (November 5)
From midday until 5.45pm head to Forrest Place in the heart of the CBD for an afternoon of free jazz, performed by some of the State’s finest musicians. The open air stage is the perfect spot to showcase Perth’s performing arts institutions, with WAYJO, WAAPA and some international guests stopping by for some sultry afternoon sounds.
Julien Wilson @ Goodwill Club (November 5)
Multiple award winning Melbourne saxophonist Julien Wilson has been one of Australia’s outstanding voices on the tenor saxophone for almost 30 years, and he’s in town celebrating the release of his debut solo album! Featuring just a saxophone and some effects pedals, his show features soft warm tones, space, and a variety of electronic effects in real time, transforming his evocative melodies into hypnotic atmospheres and half-forgotten dreams. Grab tickets here.
Kari Ikonen @ Liberty Theatre (November 5)
Acclaimed Finnish pianist-moogist-composer Kari Ikonen presents his new Kandinsky-inspired solo piano repertoire, ”Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions”. An array of unusual preparations and special techniques will be employed, most notably Ikonen’s own invention, the revolutionary MaqianoTM – a totally unique install-and-remove device that allows him to play the Maqamat (≈Arabic modes) and other micro-intervals on grand piano. Grab tickets here.
Jumpin’ @ The Rechabite (November 4)
Join ANJO with Lucy Iffla in travelling back to 1920s New York when jazz was all the rage and swing dancing was the only way to properly let loose! From 10pm enjoy a night of high-energy jazz from the Australian National Jazz Orchestra with celebrated Perth singer Lucy Iffla – a rare chance to listen to some of the best jazz performers this country has to offer. Grab tickets here.
Latin Nights @ The Rechabite (November 5)
The following night The Rechabite will host a Latin Jazz extravaganza with De Cuba Son (Cuba) and Mereterio (Brazil), delving into Brazilian, Cuban and jazz genres. Whether it’s drinks, dancing or just listening to world class music you’re after, there’s something for you! Grab tickets here.
Holli Scott & The Rush Hour Circus @ Goodwill Club (November 5)
Holli Scott & The Rush Hour Circus spin some dark, soulful, and magically eclectic vibes into a captivating performance of original music and arranged jazz standards. Together with some of Australia’s finest musicians, Holli Scott’s rich vocals and emotive delivery bring a captivating presence to the stage. Grab tickets here.
Aura @ Goodwill Club (November 6)
A quartet of four young musicians (each an emerging name in Australian Jazz and Improvised Music), ‘Aura’ present their debut recording as an ensemble! Paying homage to the great chord-less jazz quartets of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins, while drawing on contemporary Australian artists like Andrea Keller, The Necks and the Australian Art Orchestra, this harmonious approach in combination with the individual prowess of each artist presents a definite aura of magic from this youthful band. Grab tickets here.
Closing out the fest will be Jazz In The Garden on Sunday 13 November, taking over Aravina Estate hosting an exclusive afternoon of food, wine and of course, world class jazz, headlined by Michelle Nicolle.
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