Devonport Jazz 2022

Featured Artists

Line up for Devonport Jazz 2022:

Swoon at the Town Hall Theatre & Rubicon Grove

Combining decades of experience and versatility, Tasmania’s own Allison Farrow, Blythe Tait and Nicole Simms-Farrow join forces to become Swoon.Specialising in vintage jazz arrangements with close three-part harmonies, Swoon delights audiences with favourite jazz standards as well as treating modern hits to a makeover from a bygone era. Sweeping across a range of genres from cabaret to classical, Swoon celebrates creativity and diversity, as well as paying tribute to many of the famous ‘Girl groups’ throughout history, from the Andrews Sisters and The Supremes to Destiny’s Child and The Spice Girls.Hot off the back of their concert appearance at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, Swoon will be joined by some of the best jazz musicians in the state, lead by none other than the great Matthew Ives. The ladies of Swoon look forward to making their Devonport Jazz Festival debut, enchanting North West Coast audiences with their polished vocal harmonies, sizzling musical accompaniment and glamour in abundance!

Uncle Gus and the Rimshots at Mersey Yacht Club & Spreyton Cider Co.

You’ll be singing, dancing and laughing along with Hobart-based jive/swing band Uncle Gus and the Rimshots. The atmosphere will be buzzing with the Rimshots cookin’ rhythm section and hot horns, with Uncle Gus’ smokin’ vocals.

Georgina Harvey at Empress

Georgina Harvey is a piano-vocalist based here on the Northwest Coast. Georgina will be playing a mix of covers and originals, with styles ranging from standards through to blues, soul and R’n’B. She likes to find the essence of Jazz in a wide range of styles and is known for her Jazzy covers of well-known pop and rock tunes.

ALLY at the Town Hall

ALLY brings their experience and knowledge to create a convergence of riches at every performance. This is global jazz at its most passionate and irresistible with music drawn from Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean traditional rhythms paired with a modern jazz aesthetic. Hear Giorgio Rojas’ Peruvian experimentalism alongside Daniel Pliner's tumbaos; James Greening's brilliance on trombone and Gai Bryant’s densely layered Cuban and Peruvian-influenced jazz cameos underpinned by Juan Carlos Allende's mastery of Cuban percussion. Layered on top is the stunning imagery of Dai Moret's poetry. The alchemy resulting from the blend of these elements and people is an exhilarating new twist on original Latin Jazz in Australia.

RAN Melbourne Band at the Rooke Street Mall & Devonport RSL

The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne Jazz Ensemble will be presenting a concert of original compositions and arrangements series as part of the 2022 Devonport Jazz Festival. The ensemble has a number of members who have pursued a passion for composition and this concert will be an opportunity to present some original Australian music and showcase some of the compositional talent of the band.

Paul Grabowsky at the Town Hall

It is difficult to describe Paul Grabowsky’s career easily. He has been a director of some of Australia’s most prominent arts festivals, the composer of nearly thirty feature film scores, and several works of music theatre, the founder and leader for nineteen years of the Australian Art Orchestra, an executive at the ABC, and is currently at Monash University, where he heads up the Academy of Performing Arts. Whether as a composer, teacher, television personality, mentor, or advocate for the role of artistic expression as a defining attribute of contemporary life, for him this is all informed by his work as a pianist, and composer, particularly in the field of jazz, where according to him, ‘the piano never lies’. Grabowsky’s landmark album Solo features all the hallmarks that have made him one of the world’s foremost jazz instrumentalists and composers. Based on the album, this concert is contemporary jazz for the connoisseur: rich, engaging, full of allusion and wit.

Jason Whatley at The Alex

Launceston-based pianist Jason Whatley has been a fixture of the Tasmanian jazz scene since the mid- 90s. His pianistic heroes include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Blossom Dearie, John Lewis, Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock.

The Richard Steele Trio at Central

With a reputation as one of Australia’s finest slide guitarists and blues stylists, Richard has been impressing audiences with his unique sound and approach on both acoustic and electric guitar for over 30 years. Joined by Roger Tattersall on double bass and Bruce Innocent on drums, Richard creates interesting and often unexpected improvisations, dipping into jazz and western swing influences to Hawaiian and Gypsy, which makes his performance exciting and fresh and thoroughly entertaining.

Jacob Boote at the Brewery

Jacob Boote is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. An eclectic world class act specialising in 1920-30s blues and swing, Jacob is a leading exponent of the national resonator guitar and plays many stringed instruments from around the world including bazooki, banjo, charango, tipple and the Tibetan nose whistle.

Django’s Tiger @ Playgroup

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.

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