30 Years of Thredbo Jazz
Posted on Wednesday, 15th of February 2017
It is hard to believe that the Thredbo Jazz Festival has been running for 30 years. I can still remember my first Thredbo Jazz Festival in 1989 kicking back in the autumn sun, listening to the late Bernie McGann weaving some Sax Magic. Other magic Jazz moments for me were trombone and trumpet playing legend the late Tom Baker, blowing up a storm with the nascent Hoodanger Chris Tanner playing his Thredbo debut at 16 years old,. There have been the international stars like Red Holloway, Ronnie Scott, Leroy Jones and Judy Carmichael and plenty more Australian Legends like Don Burrows, James Morrison, Jackie Orszaczky, Monica Trapaga, Kate Ceberano, Vince Jones. Paul Grabowsky and too many more to recall….Great Music every year, year on year…..And here we are 30 years on and it is happening again….
The line up for 2017 is typically awesome and I can’t wait to hear some of these amazing players. Lisa Hunt and Forever Soul will appear in Thredbo for the first time. Lisa’s extraordinary voice is sure to free the soul and set the scene for some serious Saturday Night Fever. Australian Jazz Legend Bob Barnard is playing again in Thredbo with the Barnard Family Jazz Band. If you feel like a little cha cha then Chukale will be firing up a conga line with Australia’s hottest Latin Big Band. Another favourite big band back for 2017 is the Kirrawee High Band with bucket loads of energy and prodigious talent. If you like to live on the edge then the Matt McMahon’s trio will put you there with their spellbinding improvisations.
Trad Jazz Fans will love the Unity Hall Band coming to Thredbo for the first time and everyone will love Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman bringing their Baltic bravado and good times to Thredbo Jazz for 2017. Also in Thredbo for the first time is Gregg Arthur reviving Nat King Cole and the dinner suit. And of course there are those longtime love affairs that Thredbo has with the likes of George Washing Machine, Liza Ohlback, Lionel Robinson and many more…..
If you have never been to the Thredbo Jazz Festival then it is easy. Drive to Thredbo, park the car for the weekend and walk to all of the gigs, all over the village, all weekend. There are late night gigs for partying, restaurant gigs for palate pleasing and some spectacular outdoor gigs for getting in touch with that Autumn Mountain Air. You can still by a Thredbo Jazz Festival Early Bird Pass until March 17th for only $129 for a whole weekend of music and unlimited chairlift rides for exploring the mountains between gigs. Even better you can book our 3rd night free accommodation package with a full weekend festival pass and 3 nights accommodation for the price of 2 from only $339 per person twin share or $276 per person quad share.
To book just send an enquiry or call 1800 020 598.
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