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07/09/2018 Judy Bailey Recognised for Contribution to Australian Jazz

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Lecturer Judy Bailey, has been awarded the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award which acknowledges a person who has made an outstanding contribution to music in Australia.
Judy Bailey OAM, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Lecturer in Jazz Piano and Composition has been awarded the 2018 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award. The award was presented to Ms Bailey on 29 August by Professor Gary McPherson, Director Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
The award honours the contribution to music in Australia, and overseas, made by the late Sir Bernard Heinze, one of the major pioneers of orchestral music in the country. Heinze, who was Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music between 1956 and 1966, was a musician and conductor committed to the public performance of music.

07/09/2018 Wanderlust to Perform at Berry Jazz Festival

The fourth annual Berry Jazz festival takes place on the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October with a program designed to appeal to a wide cross section of the community as well as people of all ages. Once again there is a special emphasis on the new generation of young jazz musicians with the popular kids' workshop plus an entire afternoon of young jazz combos and a big band in Apex Park, brought together by the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.
It’s the 25 anniversary of the legendary Australian band Wanderlust and they will take pride of place at the Berry Bowling Club on Saturday night with an amazing line-up of leading Australian musicians. On Sunday at the Coolangatta Estate Winery, one of the rising stars of Australian jazz, singer and pianist Frances Madden will lead her all-star band in a special lunchtime concert.
The historic and picturesque town of Berry, just two hours from Sydney by car, is the superb setting for the festival, utilizing the town's numerous heritage buildings and other country style facilities. Berry Jazz is presented by SIMA, the Sydney Improvised Music Association in partnership with the Berry Chamber Of Commerce & Tourism.

07/09/2018 Manly Jazz Festival 2018

Keep your self-composed…Manly Jazz 2018 is back!
The internationally acclaimed Manly Jazz is known worldwide for its beautiful location and the diversity of music it presents, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots -This family friendly event will have performances in multiple indoor and outdoor venues including major stages alongside the world famous Manly Beach.
Mayor Michael Regan said with over 100,000 people attending last year, it’s an unmissable event in Sydney’s social calendar.
This year’s headline acts include:
Carl Allen : Performing for over 30 years and over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, has a profound and soulful style.
Back to Back : Newly reformed 80’s Jazz Fusion group Back to Back draw inspiration from The Brecker Brothers, Dave Weckl, Chick Corea and other exxponents of the jazz fusion style. The group combines funk, rock and rhythm and blues to build a diverse repertoire getting the audience going. All the original members are returning, led by experience trumpeter Ralph Pyl.
Alice Terry – Since leaving her small coastal town of Moruya, Terry has impressed her ever-growing audiences with her big voice and beautiful songs, and has deservedly earned the title of ‘Sydney’s first lady of blues’. She effortlessly combines the best parts of folk, jazz and blues, and creates this music which is both sexy and heart-breaking all at the same.


Veneno –Inspired by the music of bands such as Los Van Van and Irakere, Veneno found their path through the music of Cuba. The decision was made to find like-minded musicians, with the intention of forming a band dedicated to raising the standard of Afro-Latin music in Australia. With a versatile mix of RNB, pop and soul, together with their domination of the Afro-Latin Sonero traditions, the band had found its unique and original voice.
Sam McNally Group with Diana Rouvas: Pianist/keyboard-player and recording artist Sam has gold standard credits like Stylus, Air Supply, Tommy Emmanuel, John Farnham and Doug Williams. His jazz/soul/funk is his most treasured style/genre, but his broad experience means he can “play anything”. He’s co-written songs for and with Richard Clapton, Louie Shelton and William Crighton.
While Diana Rouvas is best known for her appearance on season one of The Voice Australia – ranking 5th in the finals. Her performance was called “the best live performance in the history of reality TV!!” At 17, Diana joined the ARIA award-winning Tina Arena on backing vocals, touring France – performing to capacity crowds at the legendary Olympia Hall. She’s also had the privilege of recording her own songs with the legendary soul funk RUFUS” (Chaka Khan’s band).
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