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Bound to excite lively young fans discovering jazz music and possibly rekindle the old passion for traditional jazz with some older fans.
With the fiery and soulful sounds of traditional jazz and Dixieland Bands, the town-ship of Murray Bridge will come alive this spring as it celebrates its sixth Jazz Festival. Courtesy of SA Jazz Festivals Inc. and the generous support of the Southern Jazz Club Inc. the Rural City of Murray Bridge and the Bendigo Bank, Goodwood Branch an exciting program comprised of renowned jazz musicians and bands from Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and Victoria, will join South Australian jazz bands to entertain on three consecutive days.
Photo courtesy of SA Jazz Festival Inc.
Ron Flack, a well-known veteran of Southern Jazz Club Inc. said, "Whatever you may think about jazz, there will be 14 bands in all, bringing together a variety of mainstream jazz artists to perform with our local musicians in a festival of international dimensions."
"Whether it is enjoying a band playing on the Captain Proud while you relax on a morning cruise along the River Murray or attending the different events on any day, Friday, afternoon, Saturday or Sunday along the Sixth Street Plaza, in the Murray Bridge Town Hall, at the Murray Bridge Golf Club, on the balcony of the Murray Bridge Hotel or inside the hotel lounge, the town will be alive with jazz," enthused Flack.
"Previously, to see a jazz festival of this magnitude you would need to travel interstate, but now the SA Jazz Festivals Inc. has created a festival comprising of our own SA musicians and interstate musicians."
This year's program certainly promises the most successful jazz festival held in SA with many interstate musicians, who have not played in SA before, coming to perform. They are bringing their wives and families because it is a family friendly festival, a get together forming a real melting pot of jazz lovers who have come to entertain, and be entertained. Through their spreading the word of how good our festival is, it has attracted some of the best musicians from around Australia.
Photo courtesy of SA Jazz Festival Inc.
The Murray Bridge Jazz Festival Program
Cost: $35 per person for Whole Weekend Pass – Excluding river cruises Cost: $25 per person for Special Day Pass.
Badges issued at Murray Bridge on Friday and Saturday.
The Festival opens on Friday with a FREE public concert from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm in Sixth Street, Murray Bridge. The mall has been refurbished like a plaza where you are welcome to wander through and absorb the jazz music and festival atmosphere.
On Friday evening from 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm there will be four bands playing at the Murray Bridge Golf Club where all the interstate jazz musicians and the attendees will be made feel welcome.
Entry fee: BADGE ENTRY or $10.00
Begins with a cruise on the "Captain Proud." Please note – drinks and snacks are available for purchase, including a cheese platter. The cruises are limited to 60 people plus crew and band members. To avoid disappointment it is important to book early.
The cost of the cruise: $30 per person.
Cruise departs at 11.00 am promptly. Boarding is essential 15 minutes before departure. If you are late you miss the cruise – NO REFUND.
During the day/night onshore entertainment at the Murray Bridge Town Hall and The Murray Bridge Hotel Balcony.
Begins with a cruise on the "Captain Proud." Includes a pancake breakfast and entertainment by a jazz band. To avoid disappointment it is important to book early.
The cost of the cruise: $35 per person. Cruise departs at 9.00 am promptly.
Boarding is essential 15 minutes before departure. If you are late you miss the cruise – NO REFUND.
A Special Day Pass entitles you to attend concerts in all three venues: The Town Hall , Murray Bridge Hotel Balcony and the Function Room in the Murray Bridge Hotel.