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Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 30 Years Celebration with Adrian Jackson & Andra Jackson

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The sceptics said it couldn’t be pulled off. How on earth could a tumbleweed town like Wangaratta in rural Victoria host a jazz festival? Now thirty years later, the festival is firmly established as Australia’s leading jazz festival, bringing musicians and punters from all over Australia together. It has won tourism awards and is now ranked as a Hallmark event by the Victorian Government. There were many challenges and obstacles along the way. The book Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues 30 Years is the behind the scenes story of how they were overcome, told by its artistic director of twenty-seven years standing. It is also the story of how musicians and punters alike embraced the festival told through their recollections. Leading local and overseas musician have written about their experience of the festival, one where the usual performer/audience barriers are broken down and musicians walk around freely through the crowds and rub shoulders with punters.

Adrian Jackson (OAM) earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected jazz critics. He was artistic director of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival from 1990- 2017. He took on the same role with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (1998-2003), and the Stonnington Jazz festival (2005-2014). Andra Jackson, Adrain’s sister is an award-winning journalist formerly from The Age. She writes jazz reviews and books!

Join us for a conversation with the authors and a live set from the New Orleans Jazz Band.

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Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues: 30 Years

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues: 30 Years

Adrian Jackson

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