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The dulcet sounds of cool jazz and lazy, Brisbane riverside ambience is a match made in heaven but where can you find it? Brisbane's inaugural Brisbane River Jazz Festival will bring all this and more to Newstead's Waterfront Park on Saturday 8 April 2017.
Newstead's Waterfront Park is one of Brisbane's most popular riverside parks, complete with wide open spaces, picnic tables, bike and walking tracks, kids' playground, barbecue facilities and, of course, those gorgeous river views.
What could be better than to lay down a picnic rug and chill out for nine hours (yes, nine whole hours if you're up for it) of smooth jazz from a stellar line-up? Headlined by the acclaimed Kate Ceberano and the legendary Vince Jones, the music kicks off at 12 midday and continues through until 9pm.
Mal Wood is a talented trumpeter and the bandleader of the famous Bowery Hot Five, who perform every Wednesday at one of Fortitude Valley's most popular hangouts, 'The Bowery'.
1.15pm to 2.15pm The Calibre Cats The Calibre Cats perform swing music from the 1920s and feature the lead vocals of Bridget "Dollface" Burnell. Get ready to dance.
2.30pm to 3.30pm Aaron West and The Custodians
If New Orleans funk, soul or blues music is what you're looking for then this is the group for you. Aaron's album, 504 Soul, went to #1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts.
4pm to 4.45pm Joe Chindamo Trio While Joe is an accomplished pianist in any genre, he has been described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. The multi-award winner has recorded 23 CDs and features on a number of Australian movie soundtracks.
5pm to 6pm
The Rolling Stones Project
The Rolling Stones Project is as a 6-piece ensemble featuring Tim Ries on saxophones and the vocals of Bernard Fowler. They take Stones' classics and perform them with jazz, rock, blues and world music arrangements.
6.15pm to 7.30pm
Vince Jones Trio De Jour
Vince is one of the legends of Australian jazz. Beginning his career in Melbourne in the 70s, Vince's career has spanned 20 CDs and many international performances. He will perform with
Matt McMahon (MD/piano), Karl Dunnicliff (bass) and James Hauptman (percussion)
7.45pm to 9pm
The festival's headliner, Kate Ceberano is a singer, artistic director and songwriter who has released 24 albums over her 30 year career. She performs an extensive jazz, soul and pop repertoire.
But this festival isn't all about the music. Food, beer and wine will to the forefront as well. Think food stalls, craft beer and wine pop-ups and you'll have the picture. There will also be entertainment and activities for the whole family, including lawn games. As a special bonus you can book a VIP Marquee for you and eleven of your closest friends for four hours and enjoy the experience in style.