For the first time in its history, the much loved Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues Festival will be presented digitally due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
In an extended 7-day timeframe from Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November, this online festival offers every ticket holder the best seat in the house at each and every concert.
The program features Australia’s premier jazz and blues artists including new commissions and collaborations, never before seen archival footage, an exclusive international appearance from Netherlands artist Kika Sprangers and the distinguished National Jazz Awards, to mark the 30th edition of the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues. Australian artists include Andrea Keller, Scott Tinkler, Barney McAll, Julien Wilson, Margie Lou Dyer, Jo Lawry, Brett Iggulden, Tamara Murphy, Nick Heywood, Zela Margossian, Lazy Eye and The Streamliners.
Included on the program is the highly anticipated National Jazz Awards which have provided invaluable career development to leading Australian jazz musicians since their inception in 1990, with many past winners and finalists going on to achieve national and international acclaim.
National Jazz Awards Finalists - L to R clockwise: Rita Satch, Josh Kyle, Harriet Allcroft, Olivia Chindamo
Stunning performances showcasing the vocal artistry of this year’s 10 finalists - Harriett Allcroft (VIC), Briana Cowlishaw (NSW), Olivia Chindamo (VIC), Amelia Evans (VIC), Lucy Iffla (WA), Lauren Henderson (SA), Josh Kyle (VIC), Owen Measday (WA), Rita Satch (VIC), Jessica Spina (QLD), will be seen across the week.
Accompanied by some of Australia’s top pianists, two finalist performances will be screened nightly from Monday 26 to Friday 30 October. The winner and runners up will be announced on Saturday 31 October, with the winner receiving $7,000 and a recording session with Pughouse Studios, 2nd prize $4,000 and 3rd prize $2,000.
ARTIST DONATIONS: Given the challenges 2020 has given the arts and entertainment industry, the festival has the provision for tickets holders to donate to the artists whilst viewing the concert. 100% of the donation will go directly to that artist.
2020 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 30
7:30pm National Jazz Award Finals - Harriett Allcroft, (VIC) and Amelia Evans (VIC)
8:15pm The Amersfoort Connection: Arcing Wires - Alex Hirlian with his sextet Adam Simmons – Broodje Hadi Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble (The Netherlands)
SATURDAY - OCTOBER 31
3:45pm FREE Community Program: Soli's Blues Group Highlights from the 1986 Australian Jazz Convention Archive
5:30pm Jo Lawry Quartet
6:45pm National Jazz Awards announcement
7:15pm Kings and Associates
8:30pm The New Cabal
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 1
3:45pm FREE Community Program: Emma Christie Quartet Paris Zachariou & Mark Bolsius
6:30pm Lazy Eye
7:30pm The Streamliners
8:30pm Zela Margossian Quintet
Dates: Mon 26 October - Sun 1 November 2020
Cost: Festival pass $79, Day Pass $15