Back for its fifth consecutive year, from Friday 26 May – Sunday 28 May 2017
“Perth International Jazz Festival is a fantastic celebration of music that can be enjoyed by a huge range of people. There really is something for everyone in this program and it’s fantastic to see so many talented artists converge on our wonderful city for a weekend of great music, food, wine and fun – don’t miss it”, Graham Wood, Artistic Director.
The three-day festival will feature a host of celebrated local, national and international jazz artists. The festival returns with an enriched line-up, headlined by saxophonist and composer Greg Osby (NYC). Osby will collaborate with pianist Tal Cohen (PER), to launch Cohen’s latest album Gentle Giants .
Australian vocalist and songwriter Jo Lawry (NYC) has also joined the bill and will return to Perth to captivate audiences. Hailed as one of the most original voices in jazz today, Satoko Fukii (JPN) will team up with trumpeter and composer Natsuki Tamura (JPN) for a unique performance premiering a new suite called ‘Fukushima’, composed in the memory of the people of those affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake.
In a first for the event, the town of York will play host to a number of performances by revered local artists including Adrian Galante and Mia Simonette Quintet and Bean Bumas’s Boys of Rhythm, Ali Bodycoat Quartet, James Flynn Quartet, Victoria Newton (PER) and Howie Morgan.
Other festival highlights include saxophonist and composer Will Vinson (NYC); pianist and composer Steve Newcombe (QLD); flautist and percussionist Vivan Sessoms (NYC) and bassist and composer Rafael Jerjen (Switerland) among many others.