Free your mind from election overkill and indulge your aural senses at this year’s festival.

2016 heralds the 4th Edition of the Brisbane International Jazz Festival bringing world acclaimed genre defying artists, national treasures and local jazz heroes onto Brisbane stages.

Through June 2 to 12 Brisbane will host over 40 jazz events covering the spectrum of the idiom from traditional styles to innovative contemporary sounds.
International legend, the Father of Ethiopian Jazz Mulatu Astatke performs with Black Jesus Expe- rience premiering their project “Cradle of Humanity”, New York multi-reedist/beatmaker and visionary Marcus Strickland has assembled some of America’s most innovative artists for Twi-Life, a super group that creates deep grooves and fluid improvisations fusing jazz, funk, soul + R&B.

A focus on Australian jazz women kicks off with a workshop for female High School instrumentalists, a panel discussion with local and interstate female jazz professionals and a performance by Lil Dot Stomp. Rounded up with a finale which  premieres the original work of renowned Australians Sandy Evans (tenor sax), Andrea Keller (piano), Angela Davis (alto sax), Hannah James (bass), Sonja Horbelt (drums) and local pianist and composer Parmis Rose with her Beauty School Dropouts.

Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2 – 12 June