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What better way to warm up this winter than with four days of swinging jazz. Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, swing, Latin or be-bop, you will find it all on offer at the Devonport Jazz Festival, on July 26-29.

Devonport Jazz was established in 2002 and the first event included 10 concerts involving 70 artists. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

What better way to warm up this winter than with four days of swinging jazz. Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, swing, Latin or be-bop, you will find it all on offer at the Devonport Jazz Festival, on July 26-29.

Featuring some of Australia’s hottest jazz artists from interstate as well as leading Tasmanian jazz musicians, Devonport Jazz is a celebration of all jazz genres from old to new, with each festival program aimed to appeal to young and old, to enthusiasts and those new to the musical style. Devonport Jazz breaks the mould by incorporating elements of food, visual art, dance and film into the traditional jazz festival program.

Enjoy the pure brilliance of jazz at a concert in the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, or bask in the warm glow of jazz over brunch, lunch or dinner at arts venues, cafes, restaurants, pubs, churches and community halls.

A showcase of jazz styles – old and new. Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Strong foundations

Now an iconic annual winter event on the North West Coast, Devonport Jazz was established in 2002 and the first event included 10 concerts involving 70 artists. Over the past 16 years Devonport Jazz has presented over 600 events across 67 venues, growing in popularity both with artists and festival-goers every year.

Devonport Jazz headline artists have included James Morrison, Monica Trapaga, Vince Jones, The Idea of North, Kate Ceberano, Emma Pask, Rhonda Burchmore and Grace Knight.

Last year Devonport Jazz presented an impressive 39 events and workshops featuring 210 performers across 28 venues.

Featuring some of Australia’s hottest jazz artist, Devonport Jazz is a celebration of all jazz genres from old to new. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

All that jazz

This year’s festival will feature award-winning a cappella sextet Skety from the Czech Republic. Described as the future of a capella groups, Skety are a fresh and contemporary spin on traditional jazz vocals.

Other highlights include quirky Melbourne duo Lily and King, Sydney Crooner Gregg Arthur with his smooth vocal style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, and the ultimate 1930s party band The Furbelows.

Devonport Jazz is pleased to welcome The Hobart Jazz Quartet to the festival, led by 2017 Australian Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Ted Vining and playing the music of John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Devonport Jazz will also feature community events such as Street Eats and the Providore Place Sunday Market where food and artisan products will be the main course with a side of jazz.

Devonport Jazz events can be at a variety of events found across the city. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Festival highlights

Street Eats Mid-Winter Fiesta

Thursday 26 July, 4-8pm, Edward Street Car Park, free entry

Street Eats will feature food trucks and beverage vendors accompanied by musicians playing a mixture of jazz, blues and soul. A street parade will begin at 5.50pm featuring brass band musicians from across the coast. You are invited to decorate a lantern at the event and join in the street parade as it marches through Edward Street.

Gospel Song

Thursday 26 July, 7-9pm, The Don Centre, 100 Don Road, Devonport, $10 /under 5s free

Local church choirs and vocal groups unite to bring an uplifting performance, celebrating the evocative style of gospel jazz music, from traditional spirituals to contemporary gospel numbers. Gospel Song is always a fantastic opening event for Devonport Jazz.

Django’s Tiger @ Playgroup

Friday 27 July, 10-11am, East Devonport Child & Family Centre, 40 Drew Street, East Devonport, free, register your attendance on (03) 6478 433

Join Django’s Tiger as they jazz up some nursery rhymes, sing up a storm with some fun novelty songs and share a special program for very young children.

SKETY in Concert

Saturday 28 July, 8-10pm, DECC Town Hall, 145 Rooke Street, Devonport, $40 per person

Multi-award winning a cappella group SKETY is a six-piece collective of professional Czech jazz singers.  SKETY’s rich interpretations, tight harmonies and playful groove will have their audience under no illusion that this is a once in a lifetime experience.

SKETY A Cappella Workshop

Saturday 28 July, 3-4pm, DECC Town Hall, 145 Rooke Street, Devonport, $25 per person

Learn about SKETY’s vocal techniques and find out how they use polyphony, beatbox, live looping and sound effects to create their dynamic sound.

Brunch with Lillian Albazi at La Pomme Brasserie

Sunday 29 July, 9.30-11.30am, La Pomme Brasserie, 16 Fenton Street, Devonport, $35 buffet brunch

Enjoy a delicious buffet brunch with Melbourne vocalist Lillian Albazi, accompanied by Henry Davis on guitar and Hiroki Hoshino on double bass. The trio will present a selection of Great American Songbook standards inspired by the great ladies of jazz. La Pomme Brasserie offers a menu using the best of Tasmanian produce.

New Talent Showcase

Sunday 29 July, 1-3pm, Molly Malones Irish Pub, 34 Best St, free, meal bookings essential (03) 6424 1898

If you’d like to see up-and-coming talent from the North-West Coast, this is the show to see.  Hear the next generation of artists perform their favourite tunes at our New Talent Showcase.

Musos in the Mall

Saturday 28 July, 10am–noon, Rooke Street Mall, free

Rug up and experience jazz in the open air with the Ross Challender Big Band. Bring your dancing shoes and have a swingin’ great time.

Make a weekend of it! The Spirit of Tasmania sails directly into Devonport from Melbourne seven days a week. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Get your tickets

For a great value option you can enjoy 15 Devonport Jazz events with the Festival Pass for only $89. You can check out a host of headliners, go to a workshop or enjoy the social side of the festival.

The Festival Pass includes: Devonport Jazz Street Eats; Gospel Song; ABC Radio Live Broadcast; Anita Cairns & Billy Whitton at Molly Malones; Musos in the Mall; Pure Jazz Sessions – Jamie Pregnell Quartet, The Hobart Jazz Quartet and Gregg Arthur & the Peter Locke Trio; Billy Whitton & The Men of Steel at the Tapas Lounge; SKETY A Cappella Workshop; The Furbelows at the Central; Chester Draws & The Low Boys at The Alex; SKETY in Concert; New Talent Showcase at Molly Malones; The Furbelows at the Mersey Yacht Club.

Tickets to Devonport Jazz events can be purchased from the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre website, by phoning the Box Office on 03 6420 2900 or in person at 17 Fenton Way, Devonport.

In some cases tickets are sold directly by venues, consult the program and event listings for more information on ticketing.

For more details and the full festival program visit Devonport Jazz.

Why not make a weekend of it and also explore the food, wine and scenery that the region is famed for. There is more than meets the eye in Devonport, and Devonport Jazz is a great excuse to visit.

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