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North Hobart heating up for August jazz

NORTH Hobart is getting ready to get its swing on, with the Hobart Jazz Club set to deliver its 17th annual Hot August Jazz Festival on Sunday 29 August.

More than 250 musicians in 72 bands will perform across multiple venues on the North Hobart strip.

Venues include the Uniting Church (North Hobart), Queens Head, Raincheck Lounge, Republic Bar, Willings Bros. Wine Merchants, The Crescent Hotel, Marigold Café, Capital Restaurant, Angelika Bar, Providence Café and Room for a Pony

Solo acts, duos, groups, and big bands will play throughout the day from noon across the venues, culminating at the Republic Bar at midnight.

The festival promises to deliver something for all jazz tastes, with jazz genres from traditional and mainstream through to funk and modern.

“It’s a musician’s day out and they love it, they meet up with their mates, have a drink and listen to some good music,” Hot August Jazz organiser Christine Bailey said.

“We have found over the years that we get a mob of people that come along.”

The event will be a showcase of Tasmania’s jazz talent and is a great platform for many musicians.

It gives young musicians the opportunity to perform professionally in front of an audience while also having the chance to see the experienced players perform.

“It’s great the festival is back on this year, it’s about getting people out to fun free events and building a bit of a following for some bands that people haven’t heard before,” musician Gus Leighton said.

“We’ve got a range of musicians from younger guys to the older cats who have been playing around Hobart for ages, so it’s giving them a chance to show what they’ve been working on and what they’ve been doing, and also giving them a chance to be seen by people and gain that following – it’s a really inclusive festival.”

Mr Leighton will perform saxophone and vocals with Uncle Gus and the Rimshots, the Gus Leighton Quartet, and the Sasha Gavlek Quartet on the day.

The event is free, with programs available a week before the event at the venues or at www.hobartjazzclub.com.

COVID regulations will apply and information will be available in the program.

Check-in Tas QR codes will be available at the venues and in the program.

For more information, contact Kaye Payne on 0412 825 967 or Christine Bailey on 0438 722 137.