James Morrison on black background

James Morrison at the town hall theatre

James Morrison is known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician and an all round entertainer. He is constantly on the move, touring everywhere and anywhere fine music has an audience. His recordings are best sellers and James works with the cream of the world’s best performers. Ray Brown called him “The Genius” and Dizzy Gillespie called him “One of The Best” but Wynton Marsalis summed it up: “Man, James Morrison can play!” James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, all the brass, saxophones, and double bass.

James will be appearing with his sons, Harry and William Morrison, drummer Patrick Danao and 2019 winner of the prestigious Generations in Jazz Scholarship, Adelina Martinez.

The Syncopators will appear at rubicon grove, pure jazz sessions and The wharf

Formed in 1984, Chris Ludowyk hand picked the cream of Melbourne’s jazz talent to form the ‘Society Syncopators’. Now known as ‘The Syncopators’, they achieved the pinnacle of Australian jazz within a few years. With their versatility (the guitarist plays banjo, the bassist plays tuba, the clarinetist plays alto and tenor sax and the trombonist plays bass), they cover a wide range of styles and material. The vocal harmonising talent of the front-line also lends itself to the performance of ‘popular jazz’ material a la ‘Mills Brothers’ and ‘Boswell Sisters’.

The Synopators group
Moonlight Aviators Squeezebox Cabaret

Moonlight Aviators Squeezebox Cabaret

Established in 2013, Moonlight Aviators quickly created a niche as Tasmania’s premiere vintage performance ensemble, providing Vaudevillian entertainment lavishly laced with Ziegfeld glamour and the pizazz of the jazz age. With performances for Spiegeltent Hobart, Festival of Voices, Clarence Jazz Festival, and a variety of casual and prestigious gigs emblazoned on the fuselage, Moonlight Aviators is more recently known for producing independent cabaret shows that feature the varied skills of the Aviators, beguiling guest vocalists and an incredible band of talented Tasmanian musicians. For Squeezebox Cabaret, the Aviators have teamed up with much-loved Hobart performer, Andrew Hickman; rising star of the performing arts, Martine Holliday; and legendary musical arranger, Matthew Ives.

Matthew Ives & his big band will perform at the paranaple convention centre

Inspired by swingin’ big bands of the 1930s and ’40s, Matthew Ives and his Big Band perform a variety of swing and big band vocal standards. The band are regular performers at Wrest Point Hotel Casino and feature guest vocalists. Bring your vocal chords and your dancing shoes for some Big Band brilliance after your dinner and show at the Squeezebox Cabaret.

Matthew Ives Big Band on stage
Gianni Marinucci with trumpet

Gianni Marinucci will be performing at Molly Malones Irish pub and pure jazz sessions

Accomplished trumpeter, flugelhornist and vocalist Gianni Marinucci “is a highly-gifted and marvelously restrained player possessing a luscious, seductive sound ... filled with both muscular strength and emotional fragility.” (Nick Mondello “All About Jazz"). In 2016 Gianni was a featured performer at the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Los Angeles, USA. His previous performances include opening for the Melbourne Italian Festival and featuring as guest soloist with the New Palm Court Orchestra at Melbourne Recital Centre. Gianni is a highly sought after jazz musician who collaborates nationally and internationally. His trio with Craig Fermanis on guitar and Tom Lee on bass, explores a diverse range of music, both original and drawing from the jazz canon.

RAN Jazz Group will feature at musos in the mall and at the devonport rSL

The Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group is based at HMAS CERBERUS in Victoria and is part of the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne. Made up of 7 of Navy's finest musicians, the RAN Jazz Group perform an eclectic repertoire of vocal and instrumental jazz, from classic Jazz Standards, Swing, Bossa-Nova and Samba, to New Orleans and Boogaloo. Performing for audiences within Australia and around the world, the bands represents the Royal Australian Navy at community events, official Government functions, concerts and open days and have entertained Prime Ministers and Royalty. Performing at many Australian Jazz Festivals including the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival, they have supported and performed with many world renowned musicians including Don Burrows and James Morrison. The RAN Jazz Group continues a proud tradition of representing the Royal Australian Navy. The RAN Jazz Group are proudly sponsored by Spirit of Tasmania to appear at Devonport Jazz.

Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group
man sitting behind drum kit

See the Ben Charnley Trio at the Pure Jazz Sessions

A hard swinging drummer who recently relocated to Melbourne from New York, Ben Charnley’s playing is strongly influenced by 1950s and ‘60s jazz masters Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones, as well as modern giants such as Jack DeJohnette and Bill Stewart. Whilst in the USA, Ben attended New York University and Berklee College of Music, studying with jazz legends Kenny Werner and Ari Hoenig and Grammy winning artist Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter). In 2017, Ben released his debut album, Riverside Drive, which features his trio playing sensitive, but swinging arrangements of standards. Ben proudly endorses DW Drums and Evans Drumheads. Ben will be joined at Devonport Jazz 2019 by renowned Melbourne musicians, Mina Yu on piano and Tom Lee on bass.

Cam Giles can be seen at La Pomme Brasserie

Brisbane-born multi instrumentalist, Cam Giles couldn’t recall a time when music wasn’t front and centre in his life. Picking up the bass and singing from the rebellious age of 15, he has been part of the music scene in Australia, working with many popular bands. Calling on his deep respect for the jazz genre, with its willingness to be progressive in nature whilst harnessing influences from the greats– such as Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra – Giles fronted jazz band, The Glass Moon. They played nightly whilst creating a classic jazz songbook. Their collaboration then led to the current release, Cam Giles - A Jazz Tribute To INXS.

Arman & Co. will be appearing at The Central

Arman & Co. is a Hobart based Jazz band playing various styles of Jazz such as Swing, Bebop, Blues, Latin, and Ballads. Arman & Co. have played in several venues around Hobart including MONA and the Henry Jones Art Hotel. Front-man as well as lead singer of the band is Arman Bratamidjaja with his bass-baritone crooning voice sings with influence from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Louise Armstrong. He has performed in festivals around Tasmania including the annual Hot August Jazz Festival. Arman was born and bred on the island of Java, Indonesia and moved to Hobart in July 2016 to pursue a higher education at the University of Tasmania. Despite moving to another country, his passion for Jazz and for singing has not been diminished.

Les Coqs Incroyables can be found at The Alex and the Mersey Yacht Club during the festival

Les Coqs Incroyables is a hatchling of the popular Hobart swing band, the Red Hot Roosters and performs many old classic swing tunes, jazz standards and crazy songs about birds and other fauna with infectious rhythm and energy. The trio is made up of Ralph Forehead on Guitar, Dean Stevenson on double bass and Randal Muir on accordion, with three-part vocal arrangements, Les Coqs Incroyables has an exciting full sound at an acoustic volume.

King cake band on stage

King Cake will be appearing at Spreyton Cider Co.

King Cake stir up a wild concoction of Funky New Orleans Hot Sauce, Stax Studio Soul Food, Swingin' Jive of Blue Note and the Burnin' Groove's of Atlantic. King Cake have performed at many festivals and recognised venues across Australia. Featuring Pete Cornelius on guitar and vocals, organ doctor Randal Muir, with groove merchant Beau Thomas on drums.

Espresso Bongo will have you on the dance floor at the Devonport Hockey Centre

Featuring some of Tasmania's finest musicians, Espresso Bongo is a Launceston-based cover band playing jazz, soul, funk, blues & rock. Espresso Bongo brings an unbridled energy to their music, with feel-good grooves, golden tones and velvet vocals. Featuring: • Simone Lee on lead and backing vocals; • Roxy Roxburgh on guitar, lead and backing vocals; • Eric Ollier on bass and backing vocals; • Andrew Deavin on keys and backing vocals; • Carl Bulow on sax; and • Ben Fontyn on drums

Band on stage

You can find Yesterday's Gentlemen playing at the Bridge Hotel and Pub Rock Diner

Yesterday’s Gentlemen have been swingin’, rockin’ and jivin’ round Hobart town for five years and just like the music of yesteryear from which they take their inspiration, they’re here to stay. They specialise in all the groovin’ Americana feels; from Jump-Jive and early Rock ‘n’ Roll all the way back to Jazz, Blues and the music of New Orleans. Combining the classics of the era with their own original takes on the period, the Gents are all about forgetting your modern troubles. So, dust off that old suit or swing dress, chuck on your dancing shoes and step back into a bygone era with Yesterday’s Gentlemen.

Wendy and Nick will be featured at Zest Cafe and the pearl oyster bar and cafe

Wendy Moles is the consummate working singer, having been performing since the age of 15. While Wendy has a soft spot for New Wave music from the 1980s, she loves to swing. So Jazz has become a passion, and Wendy’s honey smooth voice has featured in many musical acts across the State. Nick Hart is also musically diverse, having been involved in bands, musical theatre and teaching guitar. Winner of the Jack Duffy Award in 2009, Nick is a much sought after musician who eases into any genre. Wendy & Nick will present a mix of classic Jazz Standards dotted with great songs that swing, from unexpected artists like k.d. lang, Mamas and Papas and Madeleine Peyroux.

Wendy Moles and Nick Hart
Tessa Lee

Tessa Lee will be appearing at Cafe Squire

Devonport's best-kept secret, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tessa Lee, presents her jazz-influenced original music, plus her all-time favourite tunes. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she stands proudly in the folk tradition, with which her jazz education is fused. Audiences will swoon.

Django's Tiger will be presenting some very special Community concerts and at the Providore Place SpeakEasy

Blending classic swing numbers, modern gypsy compositions, and their own original works, this ensemble provides an energetic and rhythmically infectious performance that can be enjoyed by all ages. Django’s Tiger, will be presenting concerts at the Munnew Day Centre (Dementia Friendly) and East Devonport Child & Family Centre (for pre-schoolers).

Djangos Tiger at the East Devonport Child and Family Centre
Urshula from Ondine

You can see Ondine at Historic Home Hill

This charming duo echoes the lamenting Celtic tale of the Selkie.  Offering an avant-garde slant on folk, jazz and blues repertoire, the duo converts selected works into a seductive fusion. Expect snippets of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Patty Waters, Marianne Faithfull, Nina Simone, Billy Holliday, Bjork, Give Beauty, Grand Salvo and Fade for Falling Ember. Ondine features the stunning work of Nicholas Mercer on the acoustic cello/vocal harmonies and beautiful lead vocals from Urshula Leung.