Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues 2011

August 5th, 2011

* Wangaratta VIC

WANGARATTA FESTIVAL OF JAZZ & BLUES 2011 Australia’s premier jazz and blues festival returns – Top Ten Finalists Announced

  • Friday 28 to Monday 31 October 2011

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues 2011 artists include legendary blues guitarist and singer Jimmy D Lane (USA), Thirsty Merc’s Phil Stack and Rai Thistlethwayte, Chris Wilson, trombonist Josh Redman (USA), brilliant cuban pianist Fabian Almazan, solo bass pioneer Barre Phillips (France), Barney McAll, Elixir featuring Katie Noonan, Paul Grabowsky, Sandy Evans and Collard, Greens & Gravy.
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues 2011 is staged over four days and nights, the 2011 Festival program features more than 75 events at ten venues within the Wangaratta township. The much loved Festival is a destination event for lovers of top-draw music, the renowned gourmet food and wine of the district and the spectacular springtime displays of Victoria’s beautiful High Country.
International artists – many exclusive to the Festival – include American trombonist-composer Josh Roseman, considered one of the most original and articulate trombone voices in jazz today; brilliant young Cuban pianist Fabian Almazan, solo bass pioneer Barre Phillips(France), La Societe des Antipodes (France / Australia), gifted multi instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (USA) and American blues guitarist Jimmy D Lane.  Internationally based Australians include New York based pianist composer Barney McAll and bassist composer Linda Oh with her Quartet; and Netherlands based pianist composer Walter Lampe.
Josh Roseman, who brings his own band from NYC, will also perform in a special collaboration with the Australian Art Orchestra showcasing his compositions for a large ensemble. Other exclusive collaborations see the remarkable Linda Oh performing in a duo with vocalist Gian Slater. Pianist-composer Barney McAll, who moved to NY in 1998, premieres a special project featuring two pianos (himself and Andrea Keller) and vibraphone, in collaboration with Gian Slater as she leads a 16-voice choir; formidable bass virtuoso Barre Phillips will perform solo, and in a one-off event with Australian pianist Mike Nock; and La Societe des Antipodes features a collaboration between the French clarinetist Denis Colin and the Australian saxophonist Adam Simmons.
Other outstanding jazz artists on the program include Paul Grabowsky and Sandy Evans playing for the first time as a duo, James Muller, Mark Isaacs, Ted Vining’s Impressions, Elliott Dalgleish and Allan Browne. Phil Stack and Rai Thistlethwayte will take a break from their tour with Thirsty Merc to exercise their jazz chops, while Katie Noonan and Elixir will be featured at the Cup Eve Concert. Ten outstanding young drummers will be showcased in the National Jazz Awards, and there will be a program of workshops designed for secondary-level students.
The Blues Program will be headlined by renowned US guitarist and singer Jimmy D Lane, son of Chicago blues great, Jimmy Rogers. “Lane has played with his father and a host of other legends, from BB King to Eric Clapton, and is greatly looking forward to his first visit to Australia”, said Jackson. He will be joined at the Blues Marquee by bands like Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Collard Greens & Gravy and Blue Heat, as well as Paul Williamson’s Hammond Blues Revue, with special guests Chris Wilson, Shannon Bourne, Ella Thompson and James Black.
In addition to a great lineup of jazz and blues performers, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues offers visitors the chance to enjoy local gourmet foods and wines for which the surrounding region is renowned, whether at street stalls in town over the weekend, or meals at venues like Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre, Baileys of Glenrowan, the Pinsent Hotel or the Wangaratta Gateway.
It all adds up to Wangaratta Jazz 2011 being an event that no music lover can afford to miss – great music, a great long weekend, equals a great experience!
 International artists:
Josh RosemanEnsemble (USA)
Linda Oh Quartet (USA/Australia)
Fabian Almazan Trio (Cuba/USA)
Barney McAll (USA /Australia)
Barre Phillips (France)
La Societe Des Antipodes (France/Australia)
Peter Apfelbaum (USA)
Walter Lampe Trio (Netherlands/Australia)
Jimmy D Lane (USA) 
Australian jazz artists:
Australian Art Orchestra
Bob featuring Ben Hauptmann
Briana Cowlishaw
Christopher Young Quartet
Dale Barlow & Walter Lampe
Daniel Gassin Sextet
David Rex Quartet
Elixir Featuring Katie Noonan
Elliott Dalgleish & Allan Browne
Generations In Jazz Big Band
Gian Slater & Linda Oh
Hetty Kate Sextet
Howard Cairns Quintet
Jackson Harrison Trio
James Muller Trio
John Morrison’s All-Stars featuring Jacki Cooper
John Scurry’s Reverse Swing
Leigh Barker’s New Sheiks
Lost And Found (Jamie Oehlers, Paul Grabowsky, Dave Beck)
Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band
Memory Of Elements
Michael Mcquaid’s Late Hour Boys
Mike Nock
National Jazz Awards: Drums
National Youth Jazz Academy Concert
Nick Haywood Quartet
Paul Grabowsky & Sandy Evans
Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo
Paul Williamson’s Inside Out
Peter Petrucci
Phil Stack Trio
Rai Thistlethwayte
Sandy Evans Sextet
Ted Vining’s Impressions
The Mute Canary Project
The Shuffle Club
The Swinging Blades
Tim Wilson & Andrea Keller
Wangaratta High School Big Band

Australian blues artists:
Andy Baylor’s Blues Is Poetry
Blue Heat
Collard Greens & Gravy
Heather Stewart Trio
Jim Conway’s Big Wheel
Jules Boult
MBAS Youth In Blues Band
Paul Williamson’s Hammond Blues Revue
Shannon Bourne
Sweet Felicia & The Honeytones
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 2011
Dates:   Friday 28 to Monday 31 October
Festival Passes:   On sale from 4 August 2011
Festival Passes for access to all venues or blues venues only range from $65 to $220, or from $45 to $170 for earlybird (must be purchased before 3 September) and concession
The Festival Pass offers admission to all venues, however there is an allocated seating option for shows in the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Theatre to ensure a particular concert and avoid queuing
Early bird:  Purchase before 3 September for to save!  Full details on the website
Program & bookings:
Accommodation:   Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre 1800 801 06

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