Introducing the first program from the new artistic team at Wangaratta, Adam Simmons, Zoe Hauptmann, Scott Solimo and Frank Davidson

Co-artistic Director Adam Simmons says the diverse program of local artists, alongside a host of international acts and up and comers, makes this year’s program one of the strongest in the recent history of the Festival. “The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is Australia’s foremost festival of jazz and blues and celebrates Australian music in an international context.

The 2017 line-up is a testament to this”, Mr Simmons said. “This year’s program features more international acts, rousing collaborations and an exciting company of Wangaratta first-timers and old favourites. “Festivalgoers will be treated to the soulful tones of New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary, two-time Edison Award-winning and Grammy nominated firebrand US trumpeter Christian Scott, 2017 Downbeat Rising Star vocalist, composer, instrumentalist and dancer Jen Shyu and will delight the musical marvels of one of Finland’s top jazz exports the Kari Ikonen Trio.

Angela Davis Quartet
Aron Ottignon Trio
Barney’s ASIO
Bridie King
Christian Scott (USA)
Cope St Parade
Digital Seed
Frances Madden
Gian Slater/Barney McAll/Simon Barker
Hoodoo Mayhem
Jen Shyu/Simon Barker (USA/Australia)
Jen Shyu Ensemble (USA/Australia)
Jim Kelly’s Thrillseekers
Jon Cleary (solo)
Jonathan Zwartz
Kari Ikonen Trio (Finland)
Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp
Lucky Oceans/Paul Williamson/Nick Haywood/Claire
Anne Taylor/Konrad Park
Matilda Abraham
Monash University Big Band featuring Tony Gould and
Mike Nock
my name is Nobody (Lucky Oceans/Tom
O’Halloran/Ben Vanderwal)
Nadje Noordhuis/James Shipp (USA/Australia)
Nadje Noordhuis Quintet (USA/Australia)
Nick Haywood Trio
Nick Tsiavos LIMINAL
Origami w/ Wang Zheng-Ting
Paul Williamson Hammond Combo
Phil Slater Quintet
Philippe Guidat/Pascal Rollando (France)
Pugsley Buzzard Quartet
Sam Anning
Scott Tinkler DRUB
The Others (James Morrison/Paul Grabowsky/Kram)
Zac Hurren Trio

Andrea Marr & The Funky Hitmen
Blues Brothers 3677
Caiti Baker
Chango Tree
Foreday Riders
Gospel Belles
Ian Moss
Jimi Hocking & Blues Machine
John McNamara
Jon Cleary and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Justin Yap Band
Kevin Borich Express
Lloyd Spiegel
Pugsley Buzzard & The Devils Orchestra
Richard Perso
Shane Pacey Trio
Shannon Bourne (Featuring a tribute to the Jimi Hendrix
Spiderbait with the Wangaratta Horns of Death
The Lachy Doley Group


3 – 5 November, 2017