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MUSIC – Manly Jazz Festival 2009

October 3, 2009toOctober 5, 2009


  • Featuring dozens of Australian and international jazz acts

The 32nd annual Manly Jazz Festival gets underway this coming October 3-5 long-weekend.
Most of the acts will be performing free to the public, on a number of outdoor stages that will be dotted along Manly’s famous Corso thoroughfare from West Esplanade on Sydney Harbour to the massive Ocean Beachfront Stage.
The 2009 Jazz Festival presented by Manly Council, has injected new and interesting changes by inviting a new major sponsor, providing patrons this year with the CareFusion Manly Jazz Festival 2009.
We welcome our major sponsor, CareFusion Corporation to the 2009 Manly Jazz Festival.  CareFusion Corporation products and services include some of the most recognised brands in health care.
The 2009 Manly Jazz Festival will be officially opened by the Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay, on Saturday 3 October following a New Orleans style parade that will make its way from Manly Wharf to the Ocean Beachfront Stage on the Steyne promenade from 11.30am.
“Manly’s festival is the longest running of its kind in Australia and in continuing its fantastic reputation, gained over the past 32 years, the 2009 program will attract the finest performing artists to Australia’s most beautiful, vibrant beachside and city harbour-side destination, here at Manly,” said Councillor Hay.
“An exciting program has been drawn together by our Artistic Program Directors, Caroline Speight and Andrew Speight and the full program of artists, times and venues are all listed on our website at www.manly.nsw.gov.au/manlyjazz.”
A highlight of this year’s program will be a special event on the Sunday evening celebrating 50 years since Miles Davis launched his iconic album “Kind of Blue” in 1959. The  concert entitled “Kind of Blue – 50 Year Celebration of a Masterpiece” will take place at the Star of the Sea Theatre at Stella Maris College from 7:45pm.
“Kind of Blue’ forever changed the way people listened to music and is one of the most familiar and influential sounds in jazz” said Mayor Hay. “It’s sure to be a wonderful night”.
Additional sponsors and supporters for the 2009 program include; The Manly Daily, Kawai, Humphreys Newsagency, Quest Grande Esplanade Serviced Apartments, Mersey Valley Cheese, Culligans Water, Manly Car & Truck Rental, Balgowlah Boys High School, St John Ambulance,  BenBry Burgers, NSW Jazz Archives and Sydney Jazz Club.
Visitors to the festival are reminded that the event is smoke free and that the outdoor venues are alcohol free as well. Recycling bins will be readily available to ensure responsible disposal of all rubbish.


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