Next generation of jazz on show at Newcastle Jazz Festival

Newcastle's Steph Russell, winner of the 2018 Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship will perform on Saturday evening.

Newcastle's Steph Russell, winner of the 2018 Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship will perform on Saturday evening.

Young jazz performers will feature in a number of bands at the Newcastle Jazz Festival this weekend.

The Newcastle Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra will open the festival of the Friday evening and the Hunter School of Performing Arts will play on Saturday morning.

Steph Russell, who grew up in Newcastle and recently won the 2018 Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship, will sing a ‘Stephified brew of future soul, funk and contemporary jazz’ on Saturday evening in a band sponsored by the Newcastle Improvised Music Association. 

Young guitarist Leo Larrant will also lead a quintet on Saturday evening. The Djangologists, an emerging five-piece group led by saxophonist Chris Higgins will play on Sunday. 

Other performers at the festival include Jacob Neale, Fish Fry, Half Nelson, Wobbly Boot Jazz and Blues Band, Rehab Brass Band, Andy Firth’s Nova Swing and Swing Company with vocalist Renee de Ville. Acapella Jazz and blues will be presented by Bella Voce.

Terence Koo will lead his trio on Friday and Saturday. One of the highlights for big band fans on Sunday will be ‘Lady be Good- Dungeon Big Band Plays Gershwin’ featuring Heather Price.

For something different on Sunday see ‘Tramp Steamer Tramp’- a vintage 1937 spy/adventure musical jazz cabaret featuring 22 classical jug band, jazz and novelty songs featuring Sue Morley and the Smokin’ Chops Jazz Quintet.

Details and tickets: newcastlejazz.com.au

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