A new look and some new sounds for this year’s Festival

Stonnington Jazz 2016 program has landed.  Running from 12–22 May across 10 venues, the focus of Stonnington is Australian Jazz musicians. AThis year, new Artistic Director Chelsea Wilson takes the Festival in new directions.

Opening this year’s festival is a performance of The Australian Songbook featuring Wilma Reading, Gian Slater, Chelsea Wilson, Mama Alto, Josh Kyle and Clancye Milne with the James Mustafa String Orchestra

The Australian Songbook is a chance to witness rare collaborations, hear new compositions and celebrate the art of song writing. The eclectic mix of voices will be backed by an orchestra led by young conductor and composer James Mustafa. This concert explores songs of the Australian consciousness, reworked for string ensemble and was commissioned especially for the Festival. The songs correlate with a personal reference points for each performer, with each vocalist presenting their favourite original piece and their favorite Australian song with a deep jazz sensibility.

Vocalists are Wilma Reading, Gian Slater, Mama Alto, Chelsea Wilson, Josh Kyle and Clancye Milne

Other performances include Fem Belling, Monique diMattina and Tamara Murphy, Black Feeling featuring recording artist Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos, Lanu, Menagerie) and Stonnington’s new Club Series, which all take place at Revolver Upstairs, The Soul Session.

Stonnington Jazz, Melbourne