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City Jazz Sessions

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On 30 April the world will celebrate International Jazz Day. As a UNESCO City of Music, we think one day just isn't enough to celebrate this timeless genre of music.

For all you jazz lovers, we've curated a list of jazz-fuelled city-based events happening every night of the week, on or around International Jazz Day.

International Jazz Day

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

  Adelaide Town Hall | 128 King William Street, Adelaide

  Tuesday April 30 | 6:30 pm

 Tickets $45 ($40 concession)

 Website

Musical director and saxophonist Adam Page leads a stunning array of local, national and international performers in a global celebration recognising the incredible art form of jazz. The show features some of the world’s best jazz talent including award winning Emma Pask, who has firmly established herself as one of Australia’s favourite jazz vocalists.

Special guests include two international award winning musicians from UNESCO Creative Cities of Music – multi-instrumentalist and film composer Jonathan Crayford (Auckland, New Zealand) and contemporary jazz saxophonist Helena Kay (Glasgow, Scotland).

Along with talented Adelaide musicians Kyrie Anderson on drums, double bass player Bonnie Aué and Thomas Voss on Trombone, the ensemble will perform familiar jazz standards reimagined and original compositions from Jonathan Crayford and Adam Page.

Black and white image of Jazz pianist Jonathan Crayford
Image: Jonathan Crayford 

The Air Benders

 Gilbert Street Hotel | 88 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

 Tuesday April 30 | 7:30 pm

 Free entry

 Website

Formed in 2010 the Airbenders have been playing swinging, funky, soul jazz around Adelaide and Australia. Winners of the the 2013 Fowlers Live Music Awards for Best Jazz Act. These guys are all about playing great music and having a good time. Playing a mix of originals, jazz standards and jazz “not so standards”, all underpinned by the mighty Hammond Organ.

Band members include Paul White on the Hammond Organ, Ben Riley on drums and James Muller on guitar.

The New Cabal

 La Boheme | 36 Grote St, Adelaide

 Wednesday 1 May | 9 pm 

 Free entry

 Website

The New Cabal have been performing their original modern jazz every Wednesday since 2009, making it one of Adelaide’s most successful original jazz nights. Featuring some of SA’s finest players (and often a special guest or two), The New Cabal’s performances scratch the itch of modern music enthusiasts. You can also catch regular live jazz sessions Thursday nights.

Music in the Square

 Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

 Thursday 2 May | 5 pm

 Free event

 Website

This will be a twilight jazz event in Victoria Square featuring local jazz musicians Eliza Dickson and The Big Wigs Trio. 

Eliza Dickson is an award winning vocalist from Adelaide. The primary singer for the Australian Army Band Adelaide, Eliza has performed with some big names in music, such as Kate Ceberano and James Morrison. Inspired by her passion for artist self-worth, the title track of her latest EP discusses challenges faced when chasing an artistic career.

The Big Wigs Trio explores the art of the jazz piano trio in a modern setting. Equally inspired by the traditions of jazz as well as contemporary music styles, they perform a diverse mix of tunes, including swinging standards, pop covers and original compositions. The group was formed in 2018 and features Alex Wignall on keys, Josh Baldwin on drums, Declan Horan on double bass.

black and white photo of Adelaide jazz artist Eliza Dickson
Image: Eliza Dickson

Live Jazz Band & Burlesque

 Nineteen Ten | Mr Minsky's Burlesque & Jazz Club | Rooftop, 143 Hindley Street, Adelaide

 8:30 pm Friday & Saturday 3 & 4 May

 $10 entry fee | Bookings essential

 Website 

Toby Brandenburg, a professional musician and songwriter will be performing on Friday night. Jazz It Up, with a sepciality in adding a jazz flare to popular contemporary music, will be playing on Saturday.

Doors are from 8pm and entertainment will start from 9. Bookings essential as it's only a small venue.

man at microphone at 1910 bar on Hindley Street
Image: Performer at Nineteen Ten

David Black Quartet Live

 Publishers Hotel | Corner Cannon & Franklin St, Adelaide

 Sunday 5 May | 3:30 pm

 Free entry

 Website 

Enjoy the David Black Quartet live in the bar from 3:30pm. Mix the jazz tunes with the Publishers Tasting Board and two glasses of selected wine for $25.

James Morrison & Kurt Elling

 Adelaide Town Hall | 128 King William Street 

 Wednesday 8 May | 7:30 pm

 Tickets $59 ($49 concession) 

 Website

Get ready to be mesmerized by renditions of your favourite jazz standards and be entertained by the brilliant showmanship and infectious energy of these gifted performers, with some of the best jazz musicians in the country, including the amazing New York based saxophonist, Troy Roberts.

James Morrison
Image: James Morrison via facebook.com/JamesMorrisonTrumpet

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