The Devonport Jazz Festival has been warming up the winter blues in spectacular fashion for the past thirteen years. This event showcases the very best Australian musicians in all jazz genres. From gospel to gypsy, Dixieland to funk – all tastes are catered for. A vibrant mix of workshops, wining, dining, dance, art and film complement the dozens of live musical performances held at venues across the city.
From the 28 – 31 July, concert halls, cafés, restaurants, vineyards, pubs and clubs will host over 200 performers. You can attend formal concerts at Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre, enjoy jazz with a breakfast buffet or groove the night away to dulcet tones at a stylish club. From early morning to late evening, you will be spoilt for choice over the four days of the festival.
This year the headliner is the incomparable Emma Pask who will perform at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre on 29 July. At just sixteen years old, she was a vocalist for James Morrison and has since gone on to sing in such prestigious company as the BBC Concert Orchestra. Renowned for her sophisticated phrasing, this is indeed a coup for the festival.
For a more laid-back experience, the Tapas Lounge Bar will host ARIA-winning singer-songwriter Josh Pyke on 28 July. A regular on the triple j hottest 100 list, his contemporary stylings will be the perfect accompaniment for a casual night out. The comfortable couches are likely to be claimed quickly, so arrive early.
Tributes to the greats will be a feature of this year’s festival. The Peter Locke Trio are regarded as smooth master musicians who perform seamlessly. Audiences can expect their salute to Nat King Cole, led by virtuoso jazz pianist Peter, to be truly inspiring. The music of American jazz great Jim Hall who died in 2013 will be explored by the Nick Parish Trio. A Tasmanian local, Nick Parish is well known for his excellence and enthusiasm on guitar. Therefore, he is the perfect musician to capture the expressive qualities of this lauded jazz guitarist and composer.
A winter holiday in Tasmania is the perfect way to enjoy its natural wonders without the crowds. It is also the time of year when Tasmanians showcase many of their best cultural and arts events. Music lovers who plan their trip around the lively Devonport Jazz Festival will not be disappointed. Book early as many events are in high demand.
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