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Thousands tune up for the Clarence Jazz Festival

THOUSANDS of music lovers were getting into the groove when the Clarence Jazz Festival visited venues across the Eastern Shore.

The City of Clarence once again proved it was the home of jazz in Tasmania with an eclectic program encompassing everything from traditional and old favourites to modern and experimental.

The Twilight Series was held in parks around Clarence and record crowds turned out at both new and favourite locations.

Intimate performances were also enjoyed at the Jazz Lounge in the Rosny Barn, with the ever-popular Big Weekend remaining a favourite despite a change of location due to wet weather.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the annual event was a highlight in the City of Clarence calendar, with people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the event.

He said Clarence City Council remained committed to supporting local and up and coming talent.

“I’d like to thank all those involved with the festival including Alderman Heather Chong as convenor, Wendy Moles as coordinator, and George Washingmachine as ambassador,” he said.

“It is safe to say the 2018 Clarence Jazz Festival was a great success and remains a favourite music event for many Tasmanians.

“There are few places in the world you can enjoy such scenic views while listening to world-class musicians a stone’s throw from where you live – all for free.

“We were thrilled with attendance numbers, despite some challenging weather, and most of all, it was very pleasing to see so many people having a great time.”

This year’s special guest artists included composer and saxophonist Dr Sandy Evans OAM, composer and pianist Andrea Keller and a rising star vocalist Elly Hoyt from Tasmania’s north-west coast.

Caption: Clarence Jazz Festival-goers enjoy the sunshine at Rosny Farm.