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Clarence Jazz Festival tunes up for 2019

THE Clarence Jazz Festival is tuning up to celebrate its 23rd annual event with a host of local, Australian and international acts lined up to grace the Eastern Shore.

The eight-day festival will be presented from 17 to 24 February, kicking off with Swinging Sunday, a free family event at the Bellerive Boardwalk featuring big bands and swing dancers.

The festival also offers a Twilight Series, a range of free open-air concerts in parks throughout Clarence.

This year, the concerts will take place in Howrah, Lindisfarne, South Arm and Richmond, with food and drink on site or the option to bring your own picnic.

The festival finale will be held on The Big Weekend at Rosny Farm from 22 to 24 February with a range of incredible free performances running all weekend.

In addition to the free events, the Jazz Lounge in the 200-year-old Rosny Barn will be offering premium ticketed concerts and shows, kicking off with special guests Galapagos Duck, who have been a household name in jazz since the late 1960s.

Festival ambassador Adrian Cunningham, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is flying in from New York for the festival.

Clarence Deputy Mayor and Jazz Festival convenor Alderman Heather Chong said the Clarence Jazz Festival was the city’s premier event.

“It always delivers a festival full of great music and a relaxed atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy,” she said.

“What better way to enjoy our beautiful city than with world-class free music and a picnic with friends.”

The Clarence Jazz Festival provides its signature support for young musicians by including a comprehensive scholarship program, and further supports the arts with its Artist in Residence program.

For more information on the program or to buy tickets to the Jazz Lounge, visit www.clarenceartsandevents.net.

Caption: Clarence Jazz Festival ambassador Adrian Cunningham.