Stonnington Jazz's Stellar 2018 Program

Published by: Little Giant | 24-Apr-2018
The award-winning Stonnington Jazz is back. Now in its 13th year, the program features some of Australia's most esteemed jazz musicians and composers, along with emerging artists from the jazz underground. Returning as artistic director, Chelsea Wilson, has assembled a program that is bigger and bolder than ever, spanning intersections of contemporary dance, visual art, film and spoken word. Stonnington Jazz will truly offer something for everyone when it takes over the City of Stonnington from Thursday May 10 until Sunday May 20.
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Date: Thursday May 10 - Sunday May 20
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The Festival Hub Opening Night Concert will take place on Friday May 11 at Chapel Off Chapel. The opening will see long-time legend of Jazz, James Morrison, introduce the new generation of Australian musicians when he performs alongside his handpicked Academy Jazz Orchestra in big band tradition.

Other highlights on the bill include Stonnington Jazz favourite, "Mad Jazz 3: Beyond Thunderdome"which will return in 2018 to the Astor Theatre. Punters can experience the cult film like never before in this sweeping event that fuses George Miller's astounding imagination of a post-apocalyptic world with the wild jazz fusion sounds of The Shaolin Afronauts.

The exclusively commissioned "Jazz In Colour: Swooping Duck with Zero Crossing" will also feature, showcasing the three-piece rhythm section of Grammy-nominated outfit Hiatus Kaiyote in unison with Zero Crossing. Expect the unexpected when colour becomes the fourth instrument of improvisation in this special offering.

Dance and jazz will also collide when Queensland's premier contemporary dance theatre company Expressions unite with the award-winning jazz ensemble Trichotomy to present a thought-provoking collaboration titled "A Glimpse Behind Closed Doors".

Revisiting the work of Iceland's most famous export, cabaret chanteuse Mama Alto, electronic artist Tom Barton, vocal chameleon Georgie Darvidis (Edie Centric) and folk singer-songwriter Hannah Cameron will meet to appear as a part of "Bjork: Interpreted". A unique re-imagining from Bjork's repertoire along with Fabian Acuña who will create a visual score projected behind the artists.

One of Australia's greats "“ pianist, composer and arranger "“ Dr. Judy Bailey, is also set to feature when she makes her Stonnington Jazz debut in 2018 with her show, "Judy Bailey Trio: At Your Request". The intimate and interactive performance will see Dr. Bailey invite the audience to select the songs for her evening performance.

You can check out the full Stonnington Jazz program via the official website,

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