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Manly Jazz Festival 2011 – Hot Surf and Cool Jazz

October 1, 2011toOctober 3, 2011


Manly Jazz Festival 2011 will have 600 Australian and international jazz artists, most performing free to the public. 

  • 1 – 3 October 2011 (October long-weekend

Charles McPherson, Bebop legend and one of the greatest saxophonists in the world, will be the festival highlight on Sunday at 1.30pm, when he heats up the Oceanfront Stage with his passionate improvisation, providing a rare opportunity for Manly residents and visitors to see this world-class talent. 

If you’d like to see Charles in a more intimate setting where you can really appreciate his talent, purchase tickets to “A Night at Birdland” at the Star of the Sea Theatre at 7.45pm on Saturday 1 October. 

Charles will perform with some of Australia’s best modern jazz talent, including San Francisco-based Australian alto saxophonist Andrew Speight, John Harkins (piano), Andrew Dickeson (drums), Brendan Clarke (bass), Dale Barlow (tenor sax) and Warwick Alder (trumpet).

Star of The Sea Theatre, Stella Maris College, is at the corner of Iluka & Collingwood Streets, Manly. Tickets: $40/Concessions $25. Bookings and enquiries: Manly Visitors Information Centre on 02 9976 1430.
For budding young jazz musicians and those with an interest in modern jazz, Charles will be conducting a workshop on Modern Jazz Techniques, where participants will learn about the origins of modern jazz and how it sounds today.

The Modern Jazz Techniques Workshop will be held on Monday 3 October (Enquiries: 0403 579 130)

The Manly Jazz Festival’s international line-up will also feature Japan’s most prominent jazz vocalist Charito; France’s Tricia Evy Trio; America’s Bob Montgomery , X-Factor Vocal Coach, Erana Clark, The Dan Barnett Big Band; The Sirens Big Band; The Toby Hall Sextet with Lily Dior; Tina Harrod, Jade McCrae, Ray Beadle, Errol Buddle, Zenith Jazz Band, Mike Price Trio (Canberra); George Washingmachine; Mr Percival; The Catholics; The Bogalusa Strutters; Slewfoot; Ray Beadle; John Morrison (MJQ Tribute Band); Geoff Bull, John Morrison, Baz with Aaron Flower, Matt McMahon,  Bob Henderson, and many more talented local jazz artists.

The Manly Jazz Festival will feature five stages located at;
Manly Wharf forecourt, West Esplanade (adjacent to Sydney Harbour)
Manly Council building forecourt, corner of Belgrave Street and The Corso (Manly’s main thoroughfare)
 The John Speight stage in The Corso,
South Steyne Promenade,
Jazz at St Matts (indoor venue, St Matthews Church on The Corso), and
the massive Ocean Beachfront Stage.


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