Jammers, and others, are already talking about the next year’s Festivals, and we will try and keep this list updated. A considerable number of Jammers go to these, either as musicians to perform, as audience, or as volunteers.
Why go? Why not, all Festivals are a lot of fun, if a little expensive for musicians. All the Festivals provide opportunities for professional bands and enthusiastic amateurs to strut their stuff, network and listen to a ridiculously varied and occasionally talented range of bands.
Which one would suit? AJC is probably the most inclusive, Inverloch has of recent years been smaller and a lot of fun. The Grampians Jazz and Blues Festival (previously Halls Gap Festival) is now gradually expanding. I haven’t been to the new date (October, when there is an outside chance the place won’t succumb to bushfires) but a number of jammers have. Port Fairy is probably the fastest growing, and Castlemaine is the one started by the Melbourne Jazz Jammers… spoilt for choice really…
Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival 26, 27, 28th October 2018
Don Calvert: mob 0409 252 046
Halls Gap had a long running festival, before relocating to October each year. Smaller and more intimate than previous festivals, the Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival brings together a range of jazz, blues, American songbook, swing, funk and classic tunes to stir your soul and get your feet tapping.
73rd Australian Jazz Convention, Ballarat, 26-31st December 2018
Mailing list: https://www.inverlochjazzfestival.com/subscribe.html
Ballarat’s Lidiard Street positively hums over the Christmas/New Year’s break with a mix of trad, mainstream and more. This is a bigger Festival (convention) than most.
Port Fairy Jazz Festival February 8 – 10th 2019
This looks like becoming the biggest of the country festivals. It relocated from the Grampians a couple of years ago, and has been highly successful ever since.
Inverloch Jazz Festival, 8 -11th March 2019
This is a smaller Festival than in previous years – running on three venues. It tends to be popular and over subscribed .Bands are selected on merit. A favourite with aficionados!
Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 2019
This one was started by the Melbourne Jazz Jammers in 2014, and is now run mainly by Castlemaine locals, with a large number of Melbourne based bands (as well as interstate). The dates are yet to be confirmed, but put this in your diary for now. We will get to band registration closing dates, musician registration, marketing, and the 2018 Annual General Meeting and new Committee election in due course.
Merimbula Jazz Festival June 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 2019
This long running Festival is popular with Jammers, some of whom have been going for years. It is a long trip from Melbourne, but also draws an audience from Gippsland, and the Canberra region.