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Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2018

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For a sixth year, the critically acclaimed Brisbane International Jazz Festival (BIJF) is back. The events are mainly held at the Brisbane Jazz Club, the Queensland Multicultural Centre, (QMC), JMI and the Doo- Bop Jazz Club.

Opening the festival on Thursday, 31 May is the Enthusiastic Musician's Orchestra (EMO). Featuring James Sherlock on guitar and Diana Tolmie on saxophone, EMO is Brisbane's premier vehicle for the composition and performance of new and exciting music for large jazz ensembles. Exclusive to BIJF 2018, the concert on May 31 will feature world premieres by composers Rafael Karlen and Louise Denson.

On Friday June 1st, BIJF presents a double bill with the Sam Anning Sextet and Kirstin Berardi. Kristin Berardi and bassist Sam Anning are both highly regarded composers, performers and improvisers. Kristin Berardi has won multiple international and national awards for her recordings and live performances, including The Shure International Jazz Vocal Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival, three Bell Awards for 'Best Vocal Album of the year' and the prestigious national Freedman Fellowship for Jazz.

Acclaimed bassist Sam Anning is an exceptionally talented Australian jazz artist held in the highest regard by his national and international colleagues. Based in Melbourne Sam travels extensively inspiring audiences around the globe.

On Sunday June 3rd at 6 pm BIJF presents a double bill with the Zac Hurren Quartet and Sophie Min (Piano Solo)

Zac Hurren is a magnificent tenor saxophonist who has performed with many Australian legends, including Dale Barlow, Katie Noonan and Sam Anning to name a few. In 2009, he won the National Jazz Award and in 2012 was a Freedman Fellowship finalist. A truly unique and distinctly Australian saxophonist, composer and improviser, he plays with a strength and passion steeped in the jazz heritage of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman and Archie Shepp.

Pianist and composer Sophie Min is a rising star in the Australian Jazz scene. Completing her studies at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University Sophie received a BMus in Jazz Performance (2014) and Master of Music Studies (2016) and was the recipient of the Scott Harrison Scholarship and Postgraduate Owen Fletcher Performance Award in 2015 and awarded an Academic Excellence Award the following year.

On Tuesday, June 5 | 7.30PM BIJF BIJF presents Gretchen Parlato Flor

Renowned for technical brilliance and a crystalline voice, LA born vocalist Gretchen Parlato fuses jazz with undertones of Brazilian and African beats, which display the unique and seductive vocal style she has perfected.

Throughout her 20-year Grammy-nominated career, Parlato has been working with contemporary jazz legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and Terence Blanchard, mesmerising audiences from Japan to New York with pristine phrasing and inventive interpretations of jazz standards. Together with her sublime band, Parlato captivates the senses with intoxicating improvisations, sensual transformations of jazz classics and masterful original work.

A few hours ahead of her highly anticipated live performance at QMC, Gretchen will be delivering a vocal workshop from 3PM to 4.15PM. Tickets are $20 Full Price or $15 Concession, however entry to the workshop is free for all holders of a Fully Transferrable Festival Pass.

There is a lot on offer over the five days, so don't miss out on Miss Mandy Swings or the Jamie Clark Trio.

Miss Mandy Swings
Miss Mandy Swings

Jamie Clark Trio
Jamie Clark Trio

This year, BEMAC and BIJF are pleased to announce a Fully Transferable Festival Pass, providing access to all 4 concerts at the Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC), PLUS attendance to the Gretchen Parlato vocal workshop.

QMC Festival Pass is $145 - includes BF & Gretchen Parlato workshop

QMC Concession Festival Pass is $100 - includes BF & Gretchen Parlato workshop. Remember you'll need to prove your concession status.

For more information, go to BIJF
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Why? Great music gigs
When: 31st May to 5th June 2015.
Where: Various venues in the city.
Cost: Variable according to itinerary.
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