For one weekend only, from Friday 9 to Sun 11 November 2018, the Perth International Jazz Festival rides into town with over 60 local, national and international jazz artists. With a mix of free (community events) and ticketed events, get your tickets via individual acts on the website, including an individual day or weekend pass.
The In Conversations events are freebies, and a rare opportunity to hear directly from visiting artists, with a local artist mediator about their stories and creative process. Get an insight into what drives them and an opportunity for a Q&A with the artists.
Open Rehearsals are also free opportunities for audiences to observe the inner workings of collaborative rehearsals between local and visiting artists to produce a festival performance.
Get ready for Club Choir, the jazz equivalent of Pub Choir. Renowned local jazz singer Libby Hammer will teach you a jazz song in three, or four-part harmony, with a different song each session. Come to one or all sessions, it's up to you. This Club Choir Rehearsal will run for three consecutive days from 10am to 12pm at the State Theatre Centre Courtyard, and it's free. It's for anyone who wants to sing, creating a community jazz choir especially for the festival period and culminating in a festival performance. Don't stress if you think you can't sing. This is a fun activity run strictly for the love of music.
Check all events and venues, and be seduced by the language of Jazz, which can be intimate, boisterous, layered with the experience of a life profoundly lived, and found in the act of creating the form itself.
Get to know Steve Barry, winner of the Australian Jazz Bell Awards for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year and runner-up in the 2013 National Jazz Awards. A pianist, Steve has established himself as a voice to watch (or listen to) since moving to Sydney from New Zealand in 2009.
The lovely Kate Ceberano and Carl Mackey present Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley on the first night of the Jazz weekend, with special guests Grant Windsor, Sam Anning and Ben Vanderwal. With songs like The Masquerade is Over, Save your Love for Me, and the centrepiece A Sleepin Bee it's a great opportunity to see the album come to life with the greats.
So many events to choose from, you may well need the $200 weekend pass that gets you into 23 shows in two close venues, over three days. However the pass does not guarantee entry to sold out performances or for late arrivals, so be sure to get in real early. The Sunday Day Pass gets you access to nine amazing jazz performances, as does the Saturday, with the Friday giving you four performances. A reminder that the Ellington Jazz Club, The Bird and Downstairs at the Maz performances are sold separately.