IT’S been a full summer of festivals, celebrations and entertainment galore across Clarence, Greater Hobart and the whole of Tasmania already, but the best is yet to come.
The Clarence Jazz Festival, the jewel in the crown of hard swinging, sultry singing and everything in-between is upon us from February 21-26. And there’s a smorgasbord to choose from.
You may know her as the vivacious presenter of Play School, but if you haven’t seen Monica Trapaga treading the boards as a grande dame of the microphone with her band ‘The Bachelor Pad’ then you’re in for a surprise as she works through a collection of greats at the Jazz Lounge on the February 24 and 25 in the Rosny Barn.
The jazz festival in its modern format has been kicking up the jams for twelve years now, but it’s far from being static, with evolution taking place every year. This time it’s a new venue that we’re featuring amongst the existing free outdoor concerts already taking place in Simmons Park, Rosny Farm and the Bellerive Boardwalk.
Montagu Bay Park aka the Conara Road Reserve is an inviting cove steeped in history. With more shelter than previous venues and accessed from Rosny Esplanade, this concert will feature festival favourites the Cake Walking Babies and the Fiona Stewart Quartet.
An annual component of Clarence Jazz is the presence of a great Australian ambassador. For 2012 we’re fortunate to have attracted trombonist/singer Dan Barnett from Sydney to share his knowledge and experience on the various stages throughout the festival.
“I love the vibe of a festival like Clarence Jazz, it’s also the way of life down there that is very appealing. It’s the food and wine culture as well and I have friends who have moved there from Sydney and just love it,” said Barnett.
With 25 performances across five venues, there’s ample opportunity to come along and sample some great jazz with great wine and food throughout as well.
To find out more head to www.ccc.tas.gov.au, call council for a program on 6245 8600 or find us on Facebook.