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by Tracey Lloyd (subscribe)
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Featuring homegrown and international talent, the Brisbane Jazz Festival is a six day adventure through improvisation and innovation. Held at the Powerhouse on the banks of the Brisbane River at New Farm, the third Brisbane Jazz Festival will leave listeners with toes tapping and fingers clicking.

Kicking off the festival on Tuesday 27 October is New York based Australian jazz pianist Barney Mcall's Sylent Running. A commentary on modern life, Sylent Running features Nir Felder on guitar and Gian Slater on vocals.

Grammy Award winning British saxophonist, Tim Garland, plays on Wednesday night with the Tim Garland Lighthouse Trio. The trio combines piano, percussion and saxophone mixing in the sounds of the Middle Eastern, South America and Spain. Also performing on Wednesday night is Australian outfit Misinterprotato featuring singer Froy Aagre from Norway.

Thursday night sees Australian collective Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and Germany's Carsten Daerr Trio grooving the night away.

A busy weekend of jazz sounds kicks off on Friday night with the UK's Neil Cowley Trio in the Powerhouse Theatre. Other performances on Friday night are from Germany's Laia Genc with Liasion Tonique and the night ends with a jam session with Brisbane based Damian Sims Trio. Jazz artists in Brisbane are invited to get up and show their skills during the jam session, which is repeated on Saturday 31 October.

Saturday is Australia Day at the Brisbane Jazz Festival, starting at 2pm. 15 jazz improvisers will take part in The Beauty of Fetish by Elliott Dalgleish. This is followed up by performances from Tim Stevens and the Gerard Masters Trio.

Sunday sees the Brisbane Jazz Festival wind down and the improvisation moves towards an end. Twentieth Century Dog will serenade listeners in the Powerhouse Theatre from 2pm. Sunday evening sees two of Australia's most well known jazz artists, James Morrison and Mark Isaacs perform Extempore. The Matt Keegan Trio a mix of saxophone, bass and drums will play in the Visy Theatre.

A journey around the musical world without leaving Brisbane, the Brisbane Jazz Festival promises improvisation and interesting beats. Make a night of it by dining in one of the Powerhouse's two restaurants, Bar Alto or Watt Modern Dining. Tickets for the Brisbane Jazz Festival range from free to $49 and a variety of packages can be purchased.

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Brisbane Jazz Festival Artists Video Playlist
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Why? Chill out to cool sounds by a cool river
When: Tuesday 27/10/09 - Sunday 1/11/09
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Cost: Tickets range from free to $49
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