James Morrison speaks to Jazz Australia about Yarrabah Band Festival
The community of Yarrabah on Far North Queensland’s coast hosts the Yarrabah Band Festival.
Founded by Queensland Music Festival in 2013 to revive the Yarrabah Brass Band, which was first formed more than a century ago.
JK: What is special to you about the Yarrabah Band Festival?
JM: That it happens in Yarrabah! It was founded at the same time as the revival of the Yarrabah Brass Band and is a creative and musical focal point for the community. It’s also a chance for local talent to interact with musicians from all over and it invites people to come and share an experience with the Yarrabah community.
JK: What can audiences expect to hear?
JM: A broad mix of styles and artists. From Shellie Morris to Troy Cassar-Daley, myself, the Yarrabah Brass Band and a number of local bands – diversity will be the order of the day. The common thread that will run through everything will be a passion for the music and it’s transformative power.
JK: How does Troy Cassar-Daley’s sound meld with your jazz aesthetic?
JM: Unbeknown to many, Troy is a wonderful big band singer and he’ll be strutting his jazz stuff at Yarrabah during the night. Apart from that, a musician of his calibre can ‘meld’ their style to collaborate with almost anyone. This highlights one of the things I love about the Yarrabah Band Festival – that impromptu collaborations can happen and there’s an atmosphere of “let’s all get together and make music” rather than being regimented and sticking to the ‘plan’.