Brisbane International Jazz Festival

Brisbane International Jazz Festival

Brisbane International Jazz Festival returns in 2017 program with global jazz heavy-weights and homegrown heroes featured across nine days of performances, international collaborations, workshops and free events.

Headlining this year’s festival is nine-time Grammy nominated pianist and American Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Barron. Scouted by jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie as a teen, Barron has since collaborated with the biggest names in jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz and Roy Haynes. His deep love of the jazz tradition and warm, lyrical style has kept Barron at the frontline of jazz for 50 years. Described by the LA Times as “one of the top pianists in the world”, the 73-year-old Philadelphian will be joined on this tour by his long standing and masterful trio.

On his anticipated first visit to Australia, prolific Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan seamlessly blends traditional Armenian folk music with jazz, rock and classical forms.

Collaborative projects will be on display as native New Yorker vocalist/composer Kavita Shah joins forces with local world-music quartet Continental Deli on a thrilling double bill. Multi-lingual and musically dextrous, Shah combines jazz repertoire and traditional Indian music with Brazilian and African influences. The result has been described by Downbeat Magazine as “breath-takingly beautiful”.

Three of Brisbane’s most respected jazz artists (Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran and Rafael Karlen) will meet European percussionist Pascal Schumacher in an intimate performance. The collaboration will explore modern jazz, folk and contemporary classical music and showcase the sublime improvisations of peerless local vocalist Kristin Berardi who has been lauded by the Sydney Morning Herald as the “finest jazz singer Australia has produced”.

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