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Jazz & Blues Festival – Darling Harbour 2009

jazz festival darling harbour Jazz & Blues Festival   Darling Harbour 2009This year’s 21st Annual Jazz & Blues Festival in Darling Harbour spotlights a variety of local and international jazz and blues talent. The festival is three days of live jazz, blues, soul, big band swing, R&B, blues rock, gypsy swing and bebop. Last year’s 2008 schedule was awesome and the line up for 2009 is not to be missed. To check out the 2009 program schedule click here.

Beginning Saturday the 6th June 2009 and ending Monday the 8th June 2009, Pyrmont Jazz and Blues lovers can enjoy 48 bands will play on five different stages. The Harbourside Ampitheatre, Convention Centre Forecourt, Aquashell, Tumbalong Park and Druitt’s Landing Stage are the venues that will host the diverse range of musical talent during the event. They vary from intimate jazz sessions to large open-air settings. Saturday’s Aquashell performance concludes with a fireworks show.

Some of the highlighted performers include: Anita Wardell a UK born Australia bred vocalist who has been hailed as an enigmatic performer adept at swing and scat styles. Jeff Duff and the Prophets promise to bring a smoothe mixture of blues, jazz soul and funk. The seasoned vocalist Tina Harrod – winner of best Australian Jazz Vocal Albumn – has a robust and soulful voice and a long history in the jazz and R&B community. Vocalist and trumpet player Carl Riseley gained popularity after becoming a contestant on Australian Idol. Riseley is known for his crooner, swing style jazz vocals and will be backed by his own big band at this years festival.

The unique songwriter and virtuouso slide guitarist Jeff Lang will deliver his edgy fusion of blues, rock, soul and country. The US born Australia based Doc Span is celebrated for his energetic and passionate harmonica stylings and vocals. Tumbalong Park will host two of Australia’s foremost youth big bands as part of  a showcase by John Morrison’s jazz workshops. NSW Performing Arts Big Band will perform on Saturday and on Sunday Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band will present.

The three days are packed with a variety of innovative and exciting artist, some new and some more seasoned, all promising to make this years festival a vibrant event.

While the majority of the performances associated with the Sydney Jazz & Blues festival are free, there are a few specialised events that have a cover charge. On Sunday, Jazz In the Garden at the Chinese Garden of Friendship includes garden entry and a glass of house wine for the cover charge of $25. South Steyne Floating Restaurant, the Festival Jazz Club, features a performance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the cover of $10 which includes one free drink. The Jazz club, an intimate lounge on the upper deck of the South Steyne, has a fully licensed bar and restaurant menu.

The popular Sydney Jazz & Blues festival promises a thrilling and diverse line-up and is an event you definitely won’t want to miss.

And if you enjoyed the Jazz & Blues Festival in Darling Harbour, you will be glad to know that there have been some new developments on the Jazz scene in Pyrmont.  Soak up live Pyrmont Jazz in the village with Weekend Swing at Yots Cafe Bar throughout September and October 2009.

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