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Newcastle Jazz Festival 2014

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Newcastle Jazz Festival - an event no one should miss
The long awaited Newcastle Jazz Festival is finally within our grasp. Starting from the 29th of August, Friday, till the 31st of August, Newcastle will be awash with excitement. A weekend of endless music, performed by the greatest of the greatest, this weekend will see you rockin', rollin' and groovin' from dusk till dawn. Presented by the Newcastle and Hunter Jazz Club, this Jazz Festival, now in its 27th year, will be held at Newcastle Jockey Club, Darling St. Broadmeadow, NSW 2292, Australia

Kicking off in style on Friday from 5pm till 11 pm. On Saturday, it's a non-stop Jazz from 10am till 5:30pm. There will be an hour and a half short break, and then it will be back in full swing from 7pm till 11pm.

Then on Sunday, there will a galore of entertainment from 10am till 5:30pm.

The music ensemble will surely impress any Jazz aficionados.

Among the legends are Caxton Street Jazz Band who will be coming from Brisbane. From Newcastle, The Dungeon Big Band. They had been performing in NSW since 2004. This 17-piece band has a repertoire that includes Latin, the swing era and the contemporary.

From Sydney, Psycho Zydeco, an earthy blend of swamp, blues and traditional Cajun music.

From Melbourne, Steve Waddel's Creole Bells Revival Band.

Then from South Australia, Jazz Gospel With Lee Gunness. Lee is a Sydneysider, her impressive extensive repertoire includes, gospel, traditional jazz, R&B, mainstream jazz, and blues. She has been compared to some of the world's great female vocalist like Bessie Smith and Mahalia Jackson. Lee is also one of the regular performers at major Jazz festivals. She has recorded two CDs and performed at the opening of the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival.

The Australian Army Band will also be performing on Saturday afternoon (The 30th)

The award winning Di Bird Quartet will grace the stage. Di regularly performs at Clarendon Hotel at Surry Hills - a favourite haunt amongst Sydney music lovers.

And there is more talent that will entertain the crowds during this massive weekend.

So, make sure you mark it on your calendar. Hang on to your hats and don that jazz outfit that you've been clamouring to wear for ages - this year's festival is guaranteed to be bigger and better.

Ticket prices are:
Weekend Pass - EARLY BIRD OFFER if purchase before the 25th of July.

Regular Price: AUD $120.00

Special Price: AUD $110.00

Friday Night Pass (5pm-11pm) - AUD $35.00

Saturday Day Pass (10am - 5.30pm) - AUD $45.00

Saturday Evening Pass (7pm-11pm) - AUD $30.00

All Day Saturday Pass (10am-11pm) - AUD $60.00

Sunday Pass (10am-5.30pm) - AUD $45.00

Festival Weekend Pass - Teens (14-18 yrs) - AUD $40.00

Day/Session Pass - Teens (14-18 yrs) - AUD $15.00

The tickets can be purchased in three different ways:

1) Online - Buy Tickets Online from

2) Offline - Order your Festival Tickets by completing the "Ticket Booking Form" at

3) Or, buy Festival Tickets at the door.

How to get there:

Newcastle is approximately 165 kms or one and half hour's expressway drive from north of Sydney.

Trains to Newcastle stops at Hamilton and Broadway station. Taxis are readily available and it cost around $10.

Taxi phone number - 13 33 00.

The Jazz Festival Committee will be providing a limited supply of Newcastle buses to transport patrons to and from the Festival.

From Newcastle, the bus will depart from Marketown Shopping Centre and to Newcastle, the buses will leave from the Jockey Club at 10pm and 11pm to the city.

Please note that there will be a nominal charge to cover the cost of transport.
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Why? Enjoy 3 days of amazing non-stop music
When: 29/08/14 till 31/08/14
Phone: 02 4929 6315
Where: Newcastle Jockey Club, Darling St, Broadmeadow, NSW 2292, Australia
Cost: from $14 to $110 for a weekend early bird pass
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