Thursday, May 2, 2019

Get ready for Jazz by the Bay 2019

Western Australia’s South-West towns will be in fine form with more than 45 individual shows involving 200 performers from WA, Australia and overseas. It doesn’t matter what particular jazz style you prefer because there are so many varieties catering to all tastes. Lively Parisian-style; elegant and soft tunes to sway the night away to; rollicking big band; spicy Brazilian; and performances directly from the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans.

And while it may be called Jazz by the Bay, there is plenty of soul, funk, bebop and swing on the menu.

The multi-day event has been sashaying its way through Dunsborough and surrounding towns since 2013, and last year welcomed more than 11,000 people. Unlike many other festivals, this one won’t cost the world. Around two-thirds of performances are free, or free with the purchase of a meal, while the remaining third have a reasonable fee. Take a look at for more.

Jessie Gordon and Band. Photo by Tim Campbell.

Don’t miss these spectacular shows

It’s hard to pick favourites but here are a few that might tickle your fancy.

Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys

Get ready for big, loud, rambunctious fun with this lively group at Caves Road Collective. Hark back to music of the 40s and 50s with Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Junior and Chuck Berry.

Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys

Cathrine Summers Trio – Night in Paris

Get down to Studio Bistro & Gallery for a sensual night of jazz and fine food. The Perth-based singer will heat up the evening with French favourites and jazz classics over a three course French-inspired menu.

Cathrine Summers

Chris McNulty Duo at Ngilgi Cave

It will be quite hard to find a show to top this. A performance with American-Australian vocalist-composer Chris McNulty, and her guitarist, in millennia-old Ngilgi Cave’s natural amphitheatre.

Tom O’Halloran Trio

Serious jazz enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this performance led by award-winning pianist and composer, Tom O’Halloran. With a song line-up described as “modern swinging jazz through to ambient slow landscapes”, the trio are regulars on the tour circuit, entertaining crowds around the nation.

The South-West will be transformed into a musical mecca during Jazz by the Bay. Cosy up at night in one of our beautiful homes after a day of memorable fun.
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