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BY Diana Wolfe | 07-Sep-2018
Legendary US jazz chanteuse, Vivian Sessoms, will join the 29th Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues’ world-class line-up, Festival Chairman Mark Bolsius has announced. With unrivalled backing vocalist credits including Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Cher, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Pink, Patti Austin and a host of other headline artists, Ms Sessoms is launching her new album, LIFE, in November. #wangarattafestivalofjazzandblues
Venue: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
Address: Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
Date: Friday 2nd through Sunday 4th November 2018
Ticket: $100—$330
Buy / Ticket: https://wangarattajazz.com/tickets/
Web: http://www.wangarattajazz.com
: https://www.facebook.com/WangarattaJazzFestival
EMail: info@wangarattajazz.com
Call: 03 5722 8199
Vivian Sessoms, US jazz singer
Not only will Vivian Sessoms perform a hotly-anticipated show at the WPAC Hall with US bassist and MD Chris Parks and Melbourne pianist Brenton Foster, but she’ll also appear with Australian all-female supergroup Sweethearts for one show only.

Geelong-based Sweethearts is an original soul, funk and blues band of young women that has earned critical acclaim worldwide, through regular appearances at Montreaux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, the Porretta Soul Festival, and more. The announcement of the Sweethearts—Vivian Sessoms performance comes after the unfortunate cancellation of US drummer, Bernard Purdie, who was scheduled to appear with Sweethearts but withdrew due to scheduling issues.

Securing Ms Sessoms’ appearances is a major coup for the festival, which is renowned for featuring the world’s most accomplished international and Australian jazz and blues artists each year, in the heart of north-east Victoria’s famous wine-producing region.

She recorded and produced her forthcoming release LIFE (Ropeadope November 2018) in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Chris Parks, displaying adventurous arrangements and an expressive, sophisticated sound that draws on jazz, R&B and pop in fresh and moving ways. Whether she’s presenting her own material, reinterpreting Strange Fruit for our own troubled times, or reshaping classic pop, jazz and soul hits, the result is nothing short of transformational. Her soaring voice is full and robust, unerring in pitch, utterly at home, and highly praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Ebony and other illustrious publications.

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November 2018

Artist details and program grid: http://wangarattajazz.com/. Follow @WangarattaJazz on Twitter, @wangarattajazzandblues on Instagram and @WangarattaJazzFestival on Facebook

Since 1989 the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues has grown to become an internationally renowned event attracting around 25,000 visitors and 200+ jazz and blues artists from the US, the UK, Europe and Australia to regional north-east Victoria every November. With its diverse mix of jazz greats and rising stars, each year the program showcases jazz and blues of all styles, including original, contemporary, traditional, mainstream, experimental and improvised. A central feature remains the National Jazz Awards; a competition designed to encourage and promote young musicians. The Festival has won numerous tourism and sponsorship awards, and is recognised internationally as the foremost jazz and blues event in Australia.

Vivian Sessoms and band: 6—7pm Saturday 3 November WPAC Hall, Wangaratta Sweethearts with Vivian Sessoms: 5:15—6:30pm Sunday 4 November Blues Marquee

ARTIST LINE-UP (as at 6 September 2018)


Anna Scionti
Box of Blues
Cass Eager & Velvet Rope
Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong
Jeff Lang
Jesse Valach & Blue Mountain
Justine Clarke
Kelly Auty Band
Kings & Associates
Matt Schofield (UK)
Opelousas (Alison Ferrier, Kerri Simpson, Anthony Shortte)
Ray Beadle & The Pressure Cookers
Starlite Campbell Band (UK)
Tank Dilemma
The Meltdown
The Shuffle Demons (Canada)


A Great Rack and An Empty Reverb Aaron McCoullough
Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble with Afrolankan Drumming System and Vikram Iyengar (India/Aus/Sri Lanka)
Alex Stuart Quintet (France)
Australian Art Orchestra
Ben Hauptmann
Cheryl Durongpisitkul
Chris Young Quartet
David Jones, Third Ear
Emil Viklický / Miroslav Bukovsky (Czech/Aus)
Esstee Big Band
Garden Quartet
High Society Jazz Orchestra
I Hold The Lion's Paw
James Macaulay's Hishakaku Quartet (Aus/Japan)
Joseph Tawadros
Josh Kyle: Trombone Song Cycle
Julian Banks Group (Indonesia/Aus)
Kate Wadey
Niran Dasika Quartet (Japan/Aus)
Philéas Fogg Trio
Quattro Club
Raju Das Baul
Red Hands with Ray Beadle
Sandy Evans and Andrea Keller
Sirens Big Band feat. Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans and Gian Slater
Sumire Kuribayashi (Japan/Aus)
Ted Vining and Adrian Sherriff
Ten Part Invention with John Pochée
The Meltdown
The Orszaczky Budget Orchestra (OBO)
The Shuffle Demons (Canada) (supported by Canada Council for the Arts)
The Three Seas (Aus/India)
Tina Harrod
Trio ELF (Germany) (with support from the Goethe Institut)
Victorian Youth Jazz Collective led by James Mustafa
Virna Sanzone with Wayne Kelly Trio
Vivian Sessoms (US)
Wilma Reading with Andrew Butt Trio +
Yuri Honing Quartet (The Netherlands)