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Jazz festival set to get Clarence swinging

THIS year marks a special milestone for the Clarence Jazz Festival as it celebrates its 21-year anniversary this February.

Starting from humble beginnings, the festival has now grown to a nine-day event, with more than 200 international and national artists poised to play at nine locations across the city, including waterfront sites from South Arm to Geilston Bay and the rural retreats of Richmond and Cambridge.

Headline acts this year include Canadian jazz trumpeter and composer Mike Field, who is known for his bright, upbeat and energetic performances.

One of Australia’s “first call” jazz vocalists, Kristin Beradi will also make an appearance, bringing her technical brilliance and full throttle soul to the stage.

To mark its coming-of-age, the festival is holding a birthday party to kick off the event, headed up by three of Australia’s much-loved jive and swing bands – Shuffle Club (from Melbourne), Lucky 7 (from Adelaide) and Yesterday’s Gentlemen (from Hobart).

Clarence Jazz Festival convenor Alderman Heather Chong said she was thrilled with this year’s festival line-up.

Ald Chong said audiences could look forward to indulging in European styling, South American rhythms and Louisiana stompers, all while enjoying uniquely Tasmanian pinot noir, cider and seafood.

“The jazz festival is a signature event in our city and delivers a fantastic festival atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy,” she said.

“With our extensive list of artists involved this year, the festival will celebrate its 21st birthday in style.”

The Clarence Jazz Festival program is available on the Clarence Arts and Events website.

The program provides a go-to guide for patrons to find out more about the gigs, locations and what to see and do in Clarence.

The Clarence Jazz Festival runs from 18-26 February 2017.

For more information visit www.clarenceartsandevents.net or search Clarence Jazz Festival on Facebook.

Caption: Musicians and performers will reunite to open the 2017 Clarence Jazz Festival, which will kick off with a 21st birthday extravaganza on 18 February.