The October long weekend (Sat 5 to Mon 7 Oct 2019 - 10am to 6pm each day) is shaping up to be one of great music in the heart of beautiful Manly at The Corso, Manly Beach, Sydney. A variety of sounds will fill the air and your souls, including traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots at the Manly Jazz event put on by the Northern Beaches Council and it's all FREE. For more details and volunteering, head to the website.
This year's headline act is internationally renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker who is considered to be one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States. To see more of Whitaker be sure to get in early and book your tickets for the following ticketed events via the links given. All details can be found there from pricing to location and more.
Directors Choice Concert - Sun 6 Oct 2019 from 7.45pm to 10.45pm: Whitaker joins the all-star high school band to perform original arrangements transcribed from Duke Ellington's repertoire.
Improvisation Workshop - Sun 6 Oct 2019 from 12pm to 1pm: Whitaker will cover jazz rhythms, melody, jazz harmony, the importance of jazz language and more
Band Workshop - Sat 5 Oct 2019 from 10am to 11am: Whitaker will cover topics like interpretation and expression, basic musicianship techniques, soulfulness, rhythm section fundamentals and more, so come learn from an industry expert
The rest of the Festival Highlights include the following musicians. Head to the link given for more details about these artists. Keep an eye on this link for more information on lineup as they come to hand about more than 100 free performances across four stages and indoor venues like the Sydney Road Swing Dance Session and the Manly Jazz Parade led by Eamon Dilworth's Crawfish Po'Boys to kick off the last day of the Festival.
Modesto Briseno - warm, lyrical and improvisational creativity to reward his audience
Charito (Japan) and Friends - one of the most prominent jazz vocalists in Japan
Cumbiamuffin - Columbian and Australian musicians introducing the purest sounds of traditional Cumbia to Australian audiences
FANTASY (Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire) - a rare combo of great song-writing, rich instrumentation and incredibly sophisticated arrangements and production
Jade Macrae - raw soul delivered with a unique blend of vulnerability and power
Andrew Speight - clear-toned, hard-driving alto sax player and one of San Francisco's most lively and lyrical exponents of straight-ahead, joyous jazz
Uncle Jed - spine-tingling performances from a family band of sellout shows
As you can see, there's lots happening for the whole family to enjoy.
A reminder that the Manly Arts Festival is still running till Sunday 29 September 2019. Community based, this Festival has visual, musical, literary and performing arts events featuring prominent musicians and visual artists. You'll find them in a number of venues including art studios, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, the Creative Space and Glen Street Theatre. There's plenty to SEE (exhibitions), HEAR (performances) and PARTICIPATE (workshops) in, with a range of creative learning opportunities to explore and enjoy.
Amidst this event, don't miss out on the freebieOpen Air Cinema on Sat 21 Sep 2019 from 6pm to 8pm to watch Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman. You, however, need to REGISTER for your FREE ticket to enjoy an evening under the stars.