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All that Noosa jazz

Hear the amazing stories of legenday Warren Vache and his career in jazz.
Hear the amazing stories of legenday Warren Vache and his career in jazz. Contributed

CONTEMPORARY trio The Bad Plus has been secured for the festival.

After 20 years of bringing the cream of Australian jazz talent to Noosa, the Noosa Jazz Festival can now hold its head high as one of Australia’s longest running jazz festivals.

The list of performers who have electrified the venues of Noosa over the years is impressive.

Greats like Bob Barnard, James Morrison, George Golla and Vince Jones are just a few of the big names who have wowed audiences in one of Australia’s most desirable beach resorts.

The festival was started by Melbourne jazz icon Frank Johnson, together with Richard Stevens, who understood that in the competitive tourism world, the hotels and restaurants would benefit from a multiple day celebration of jazz.

Created to celebrate the start of Spring, the Noosa Jazz Festival plays an important role in attracting tourists to the region who are looking for an escape from the winter climate.

From humble beginnings of one restaurant, the festival today boasts more than 90 performances in multiple venues on the Hastings Street strip, a large purpose-built jazz stage in Noosa Woods overlooking the Noosa River, Bicentennial Hall (which is the home of the Noosa Jazz Club) and venues all the way to Noosaville come alive to the great sound of jazz music every year.

Today, the festival has grown from a community event to a sophisticated celebration of jazz that is a respected festival attracting thousands of jazz lovers to the region.

In recent years, performances from Cat Empire, Paul Grabowsky, Katie Noonan and the kings and queens of traditional jazz like The Syncopators, Peter Gaudion and George Washingmachine among many great performers, has given the Noosa Jazz Festival a new lease of life.

To celebrate 20 years of Noosa Jazz the event organisers have secured contemporary trio The Bad Plus to the festival.

They will be joined by the legendary Warren Vache who has also agreed to join jazz fans at a legends lunch where they can hear stories from the life and times of Warren and his amazing stellar career in jazz. By the time acts like the Paul Grabowsky trio, who have invited Scott Tinkler to perform with them, the Phil Slater Quartet and the Idea of North take the stage, the audiences who flock to Noosa will know that the Noosa Jazz Festival is alive and well with a big future ahead.

Don’t miss your chance to join jazz lovers from all over Australia at the Noosa Jazz Festival from September 2 to 5 for outdoor lunches on Hastings Street to the magnificent riverside stage in Noosa Woods.

For more information, visit www.usmevents.com.au or phone 1300 797 723 for ticket bookings.


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