Jazz Festival Excitement is Building Up

Mauri Thomas and Brett Iggulden will be playing through the Bellingen Jazz Festival.The 23rd Bellingen Jazz Festival is on 17, 18, 19 August. There was a definite buzz in the air at the recent Fund Raiser where the large crowd was treated to some rousing performances; an indication of what’s in store at the Festival.
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There’s lots of information on the web site – www.bellingenjazzfestival南京夜网.au – who’s on where and when, the Bands and the Players, ticketing, venues, eateries and more. For those who aren’t into the internet, call the Festival Office on 6655 9345. It’s staffed at irregular times, so please leave a message if it’s unattended.

And keep an eye out for the Official Program booklets. They’ll be available soon.

Day/Night Passes and tickets to events with limited seating are also available on the web site, or at Roots Records Bellingen, or by phone. Pass holders are reminded that booking for the limited seating events is recommended, at no additional cost. For tickets:

Web site – www.bellingenjazzfestival南京夜网.au – by credit card

Over the counter at Roots Records, Bellingen – cash, cheque, eftpos or credit card

Or call (02) 6655 1053 – to arrange for tickets to be mailed.

There’s scope for just a few more volunteers. The Information Session and Get-together is on Friday 03 August at Bellingen Showground, starting at 6:00pm. If you want to play a part in making this great event happen, call the Festival Office or email to [email protected]南京夜网.au

“We are again looking forward to a big local turn-out,” said Festival President, Mauri Thomas. “It’s great that locals regard it as ‘Our’ Festival and extend a warm welcome to visitors and players. The Festival is recovering from last year’s loss and advance sales to date are encouraging. A good roll-up on the weekend will ensure that the Jazz Festival is around for years to come.”

Mauri went on to thank the local businesses who have sponsored the Festival in various ways. The message is simple: “Please support our supporters!”

The 2012 Bellingen Jazz Festival has something for everyone – Big bands, Traditional, Blues, Mainstream, Contemporary and then some. And with Manouche again well represented, the Gypsy Jazz flavour is never far away. There’s a feast of voice and dancers are well catered for especially at the Memorial Hall with its great dance floor. Then there’s the Jazz Party, a new component. It promises to be great fun with the cream of musicians from 4 States blowing up a storm.

The Welcome Gig this year moves to the Bean @ Bello in Church Street. It’s on the Friday at 5:00pm with music from the exciting Marianna Ensemble. The $20 entry includes finger food and drinks are on sale at this licensed venue. It’s covered by the Weekend Pass but bookings are strongly recommended.

Friday’s Swing Dance at the Memorial Hall promises to be a hoot. With the rich sounds of the Royal Australian Navy Big Band and the So Dance! Studio showing the way on the dance floor, it’s another where booking is recommended. It kicks off at 8:00pm.

Weekend Passes at the discounted price of $120 finished on 31st July. However this offer is extended just to those attending Bellingen Jazz Society’s gig on Saturday 4th August at Bellingen Golf Club, 7:30pm start. The Band is the wonderful Craig Scott Quintet.

Bellingen Jazz Festival gratefully acknowledges assistance from the Country Arts Support Program which is funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Arts Mid North Coast.

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