Fri 2 Nov 2018 to Sun 4 Nov 2018

Australia’s foremost jazz and blues music festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, is back from November 2nd to 4th in Wangaratta, north-east Victoria.

This year’s program is the most internationally-diverse in the festival’s history, with a program jam-packed with fresh new faces, venerable favourites and award-winning musicians from the UK, US, France, Japan, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, India, The Netherlands, Germany, Sri Lanka, Canada and Australia.

Artist highlights include:

- UK blues guitarist, Matt Schofield
- Vocalist Wilma Reading
- World-class sonic improvisers, FORQ, from the US, featuring keyboardist Henry Hey and bassist Michael League
- From The Netherlands, the Yuri Honing Quartet
- The world premiere of a new work by the Australian Art Orchestra — a contemplation of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in music by Andrea Keller, Peter Knight and Tilman Robinson
- Opelousas, a new blues collaboration between Kerri Simpson, Alison Ferrier and Anthony ‘Shorty’ Shortte of Collard Greens and Gravy fame
- Ex-Canberra guitarist, Alex Stuart, touring with his French quintet
- 2017-18 MBAS Blues Performer of The Year, Kelly Auty, performing her new all-original blues album, Kelly’s Blues
- The Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble with the Afrolankan Drumming System (Ray Pereira) and Indian dancer Vikram Iyengar performing The Calling
- 2017 National Jazz Award winner, James Macaulay, with the Hishakaku Quartet
- Triple J Unearthed indie-jazz-roots darlings, JAKAL, with Jessie Hillel (NZ) on vocals
- Justine Clarke of Playschool fame presenting a ‘jazz for children’ concert
- A rare performance by jazz royalty, Ten Part Invention, celebrating over 30 years of creating music.

For more details and program grid, head to the Wangaratta Jazz website.

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