Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues - Friday 30th October 2020
Ticket Price for this day pass: AU$15/US$10.50
Bundle ticket price for 7-day pass: AU$79/US$53.15
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Program:7.30pm - National Jazz Award Finals
Harriett Allcroft, VIC
Amelia Evans, VIC
8.15pm - The Amersfoort Connection
Drummer, composer, and 2018 National Jazz Award winner, Alex Hirlian premieres new work with his thrilling sextet, Arcing Wires. An enigmatic fusion of math rock, progressive metal and jazz, Arcing Wires features some of Australia's most exciting young jazz musicians.
Adam Simmons – Broodje Hadi
Previous co-artistic director and multi-instrumentalist, Adam Simmons, talks and plays to the relationship he forged between the WFoJ&B and the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.
Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble*
In the Netherlands and beyond, Kika is regarded as one of the finest young talents in contemporary jazz. This performance showcases Kika’s award-winning large ensemble.
*Supported by the Amersfoort Jazz Festival
HistoryConceived by a group of locals in 1989 as a way to attract visitors and raise the profile of the town, the first Wangaratta Festival of Jazz (as it was then known) was staged in 1990, with attendances at around 2500.
Since then – with blues added to the program in 1994 – it has grown to become an internationally renowned event, featuring more than 200 jazz and blues artists from the USA, the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.
With a diverse, eclectic mix of jazz greats and rising stars, each year the program showcases jazz and blues of all styles, including original, contemporary, traditional, mainstream, experimental and improvised. A central feature remains the National Jazz Awards; a competition designed to encourage and promote young musicians.
The Festival has won numerous tourism and sponsorship awards, and is recognised internationally as the foremost jazz and blues event in Australia.
Our PartnersThe Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Rural City of Wangaratta, Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre, Pughouse Studios, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, Amersfoort Jazz Festival, Australian Jazz Museum, Australian Jazz Convention, Creative Original Music Adelaide (COMA), Wheatsheaf Hotel, Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA), Venue 505 and The Governor, Hindmarsh
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