THE Clarence Jazz Festival returns from 21-28 February releasing a string of sweet music upon the coastal parks of the Eastern Shore.
Twilight concerts will be held at South Arm, Montagu Bay and Lindisfarne with other performances on the Bellerive Boardwalk and the lawns of Rosny Farm.
Festival ambassador Paul Williamson, who has toured with Dire Straits and Paul Kelly, will entice the crowd into the Jazz Lounge in Rosny Barn where the mercury rises and the tunes start to bop a little harder.
The Bellerive Boardwalk swings, sambas and sashays through the whole weekend starting on Friday night focusing on what the younger generation are doing with jazz, including some hot new blood.
“Every year the Clarence Jazz Festival provides scholarships to young talented students on the rise,” said Festival convener Alderman Heather Chong.
“This year we’re proud to present on the microphone Aleksander Folvig, and on saxophone, Felix Grant, in their debut performance together alongside former recipients and shining new lights in the jazz medium.
“We’re also welcoming a band with a breadth of experience from the back streets of Zagreb to the bazaars of Istanbul. Arabesk, our festival special guests, weave together influences from Africa, Latin America and Arabia into some soul jazz at The Barn.”
Festivalgoers can enjoy children’s activities on the Bellerive Boardwalk and fine food as well as local drinks from Pagan Cider, Captain Bligh and Bream Creek Wines.
The vigorous at heart can have a go at swing dancing with the Lindy Mob Swing Dancers or shake off the cobwebs with an afternoon Jazzercise session.
People can also take a picnic and simply sit back and enjoy the sounds.
Information and tickets are available from www.clarenceartsandevents.net. To order a printed program, call Clarence Arts and Events on 6217 9500.