The festival is run as a not-for-profit event by the Eltham Chamber of Commerce, with funding granted from the Nillumbik Shire Council, partners and local traders.
It is a free festival, which is held across five stages within the Eltham town and features a mixture of the well established and the up-and-coming jazz, blues and soul acts.
This festival was recently graded as second in the whole world through the American Express Essentials world top 20 jazz festivals - what a fantastic achievement! On top of all the great music, there will be free children's entertainment and delicious selections of gourmet foods and locally produced wine for sale.
The New Orleans Pelicans are a brass band and a seven-piece orchestra. They perform music of New Orleans which includes classic jazz and 30's to 40's era swing music. They formed in 1986 and the current band began in 2000, at the request of Musical Director Adrian Jackson, to open the Melbourne International Jazz Festival that year.
The Jackson Four is a jazz and cool blues Hammond quartet. They have been impressing audiences across Australia and internationally since 2013 with their swinging jazz, cool blues and infectious New Orleans beats.
In late 2018, they commenced developing a new adventure, The Jackson Four Jazz. Featuring Jon Wade on Hammond organ and piano. The official launch of The Jackson Four Jazz will be here at the 2019 festival.
Fulton Street are a 9-piece band playing soul music. They are led by vocalist Shannen Wick and feature a rock solid rhythm section and horns. They combine the classics of soul and R&B with a truly irresistible sound.
The band had a hugely successful 2018, which included a very exciting trip to the Generation in Jazz Festival, where they came first place in Division 3. In the third term, the band entered the highest division for the first time at the Victorian Schools Music Festival and achieved gold!
They play swing tunes which are guaranteed to get you up and dancing with Lindy Hop in mind. They have a 4-piece rhythm section and a 3-piece horn section, together with the smooth vocals of Jen Salisbury.
Vince Jones has set the benchmark for Australian Jazz singers since he started performing in the jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late '70s and early '80s. He has produced no less than 20 albums and often comments about the world we live in, from an idealistic perspective.
He is an excellent trumpet player and his style has developed a distinctive reserve and subtlety.