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Western Australia has a thriving jazz and blues scene, with dedicated jazz venues across Perth and groovy festivals held across the state throughout the year. Get your fix of jazz and blues at one of the speakeasy-style cellars or hidden vintage lounges in Perth and Fremantle, or escape to an annual outdoor festival. We’ve got a complete guide to all the best jazz events coming up in Perth. 

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Perth International Jazz Festival

Perth International Jazz Festival’s (PIJF) 2021 program is bigger and more varied than ever with new performance spaces, added free community events and an expansion into Busselton!

  • Dates:Nov 5 - 7
  • Venue:Multiple Venues Across Perth
  • Time(s):Multiple Events

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Tickets range from $20, with many free events
  • Music:Jazz,Latin,World,Free,Orchestral,Music Festival
  • Food & Drink:Festival
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club,Yagan Square,WA Museum Boola Bardip
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Taking place from November 5-7 in Perth and November 13 in Busselton, this year’s Perth International Jazz Festival offers the very best for music lovers of all kinds with performances catering to jazz purists right the way through to the popular jazz-influenced sounds of funk, Latin, hip-hop and beyond.

Opening on Friday with a free event at the State Theatre Centre with a performance via live stream from Amsterdam by Tin Men and the Telephone who’ll present their ‘GREATEST show.'

National guest artists includes Adelaide multi-instrumentalist, Adam Page; two of Australia’s leading improvisers – Scott Tinkler & Julius Schwing from Bruny Island, Tasmania; and funky-synth-dance trio from Adelaide – [email protected] Description.

PIJF’s expanded program also includes performances at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, the Ellington Jazz Club, The Rechabite, Cathedral Square, and a Secret Rooftop in the CBD, as well as Northbridge Piazza which will be transformed into the hippest outdoor bar.

PIJF is partnering with ECU / WAAPA, City of Perth and Lotterywest for performances in Forrest Place on Saturday and Sunday; and on the Sunday, PIJF partners with City of Vincent and Lotterywest for the popular Jazz Picnic in Hyde Park.

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Cotton Club Dance Party

Get ready to be transported back to New York in the 1920s!

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):From 10.00pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite

Details

  • Ticket Price:$27 – $38
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Produced By:City of Perth
  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021 presents Cotton Club Dance Party by the Oz Big Band. Travel back to a time when jazz was all the rage and swing dancing and bootleg liquor was a way to let loose and forget the troubles of the world. The booze is now legal, but the Cotton Club Dance Party will provide all your other needs: A swingin’ live band and a place to dance or watch and enough fun to keep you boppin’ and swinging into the wee hours of the morning! With high energy jazz swing from the Oz Big Band – this is a rare opportunity to experience this premier ensemble, which features the best players in town!

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Picnics in the Square

Perth International Jazz Festival and Cathedral Square presents Picnics in the Square.

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):12.00pm
  • Venue:Cathedral Square Lawn

Details

  • Ticket Price:$49
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Jazz,World
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Indulge in a sumptuous lunchtime picnic on the lawn of Cathedral Square created for you by SHOP 1875 in the State Buildings. Relax in shaded comfort and feast on dishes celebrating the taste of nostalgia, with elevated everyday refreshments. Soak up the historic precinct’s atmosphere with a performance from Lucy Iffla, Matthew Gudgeon and Alistair Peel, as well as complimentary tastings from Teassential, The Honey Cake and Sue Lewis Chocolatier. For more info, go to: perthjazzfest.com/event/picnics-in-the-square

Perth International Jazz Festival: Opening Night

Perth International Jazz Festival presents their Opening Night.

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):4:30pm - 10pm
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Music:Jazz
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

PIJF opens with RTRFM’s Courtyard Club featuring Daniel Susnjar’s Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group – an award-winning 7-piece ensemble influenced by Afro- Peruvian rhythms and fresh arrangements of Peruvian folk songs, followed by a performance via live stream from Amsterdam by Tin Men and the Telephone. Tin Men will present their ‘GREATEST show’ – a spicy combination of jazz tunes and technology on the topic of climate change. Interact with this performance in real-time using the bands ‘Tinmendo’ App. Download from the App Store or Google Play before the show. Closing the night is Dr Richard Walley’s Six Seasons with Junkadelic Orchestra featuring a collection of original songs paying homage to the Noongar seasons. For more info, go to: perthjazzfest.com/event/opening-night

PIJF: Tin Men and the Telephone Present The Greatest Show

Presented as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival via live stream from Amsterdam. To be broadcast in Yagan Square, Northbridge Piazza & State Theatre Centre Courtyard.

  • Dates:Nov 5
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Yagan Square, Northbridge Piazza & State Theatre Centre Courtyard

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Music:Jazz
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Tin Men and the Telephone present the GREATEST show – Global Relocation of Evolved Apes Towards Exoplanet Suitable for Terraformation: a new immersive multimedia performance that combines improvised music, visuals, and audience participation via a smartphone app to address the very timely topic of climate change in a uniquely interactive, fun and thought-provoking way. In the (very) near future, the climate crisis has escalated, and the time has come for humanity to leave planet Earth. A new, nearly inhabitable planet has been discovered, and you and your fellow audience members are the chosen few to find themselves on board a space ship heading towards this new home. However, your destination is currently far too cold for human life but have no fear! This problem should be resolved soon, as humans have proven to be excellent at heating up their environment. As you travel through space, you must collaborate to make a plan to warm up your new home and enjoy the live in-flight entertainment by Tin Men and the Telephone along the way. You will be able to interact with this performance in real-time using the bands 'Tinmendo' App.

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Adam Page Solo

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021 presents Adam Page Solo.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):From 4.00pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite

Details

  • Ticket Price:$27 – $38
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Produced By:City of Perth
  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Adam Page is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer based in Adelaide. Known widely for his critically acclaimed solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Page has carved his path internationally as a composer. He has written major works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Zephyr Quartet and co-composed on numerous occasions with celebrated Kiwi composer John Psathas. Page has recently composed and performed with The Grigoryan Brothers, established the boutique record label - Wizard Tone Records, established and performed with his new 12 piece ensemble - The Adam Page Ensemble (TAPE).

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Braziliance!

Where cool jazz and funk embrace the tropical fire of Samba, Forró, Baio and beyond.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):From 7.00pm
  • Venue:Secret Rooftop, Hay Street

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:$27 – $38
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Produced By:City of Perth
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

This eight-piece Latin extravaganza will have you swooning with its electrifying energy, glorious grooves, and a hypnotic horn section made up of some of Perth’s hottest musical talent. Braziliance brings the classic sounds of Tom Jobim, Sergio Mendez and Gilberto Gil into the now with cool remix re-imaginings a la Bebel Gilberto, Seu Jorge, Beady Belle, Michael Jackson and more.

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Kohesia Unplugged Persian Quartet

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021 presents Kohesia Unplugged: Persian Quartet.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):From 5.00pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:$18 – $28
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Produced By:City of Perth
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Winners of the 2020 FRINGE WORLD Festival Martins Sims Award, Kohesia Quartet are back with a night of original music. Led by award-winning double bassist Kate Pass and featuring Reza Mirzaei, Esfandiar Shahmir and Mike Zolker, the Kohesia Quartet combines the sounds of Persian ney, saz and oud with double bass for a world-class listening experience.

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Our Lady of Jazz

Celebrating the music of living legend, Helen Matthews.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):From 6.30pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:$27 – $38
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Produced By:City of Perth
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Helen Matthews has been called “a mover and a shaker” and “a cornerstone of the Australian Jazz scene”. She is “WA’s First Lady of Jazz”, “the earth mother of Perth’s chanteuses”, and “one of the finest jazz vocalists this country has produced”. With a career spanning over half a century, Matthews has performed for the Queen and the Pope and is responsible for some of the most innovative jazz projects and festivals that WA has ever seen. In this exclusive show for PIJF, vocalists Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer with long-time contemporaries Ray Walker, Karl Florisson, Gary Howard, and special guest Sue Bluck, perform the music for which Matthews is most well-known – celebrating and acknowledging her exceptional achievements.

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021: Scott Tinkler and Julius Schwing

Perth International Jazz Festival 2021 presents Scott Tinkler and Julius Schwing.

  • Dates:Nov 6
  • Time(s):From 8.00pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:$18 – $28
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Produced By:City of Perth
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Tinkler & Schwing have spent the last three years on Bruny Island developing structures and strategies for improvisation on trumpet and guitar. What started as a mentorship has developed into a rich and deep collaboration. The focus of their practice has been improvisations informed by and in response to each other and specific acoustic environments such as lighthouses, boats, stairwells and sheds.

Perth International Jazz Festival in Forrest Place

Perth International Jazz Festival presents their program in Forrest Place.

  • Dates:Nov 6 - 7
  • Time(s):11am - 5:30pm
  • Venue:Forrest Place

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Jazz,Music Festival
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Our free and open-air stage, brought to you by Perth International Jazz Festival, Lotterywest, City of Perth and ECU/WAAPA, will showcase what the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts contributes to the culture of our city. Forrest Place will be alive with music on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm featuring WAAPA musicians and engaging panel discussions with Festival artists. Saturday 11am – 12pm | Jazz Parade 12.30pm – 1.30pm | WAAPA Jazz Choir and the Afro- Peruvian Ensemble: Peruano Canta 2.30pm – 3.30pm | Tom Salleo Orchestra 4.30pm – 5.30pm | 4th year recitalists Bob Tweedie and Sam Forster Sunday 11am – 12pm | WAAPA Ensembles present: Grand Designs - Jazz and the World Part I 12.30pm – 1.30pm | WAAPA Big Band and Vocal Choir: Grand Designs - Jazz and the World Part II 2.30pm – 3.30pm | WAAPA Guitar Ensemble - Music of John Scofield 4.30pm – 5.30pm | 4th Year Recitalists: Jayden Blockley and Will Pethick For more info, go to: perthjazzfest.com/venue/forrest-place

Perth International Jazz Festival: Groove n Brews at Northbridge Piazza

The Northbridge Piazza comes alive in a new partnership between Perth International Jazz Festival and the Northbridge Brewing Company.

  • Dates:Nov 6 - Nov 7
  • Time(s):4-9pm on Saturday & 2-7pm on Sunday
  • Venue:Northbridge Piazza

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Jazz,DJs,Music Festival
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Featuring entertainment across the whole weekend as well as boutique brews and food courtesy of Northbridge Brewing Company, Northbridge Piazza is your new great space to hang out over the Perth Jazz International Festival weekend. On Friday night enjoy a live broadcast direct from the State Theatre Centre Courtyard, and on Saturday and Sunday from early afternoon ‘til evening, get a group of friends together and catch some incredible soul, blues and electro-pop artists on the Piazza stage. Check out this line-up! [email protected] Description • Supathick • Flewnt MC • Bad Whip • TRISK & MC Optamus • Liquid Project • Tin Men and the Telephone • Daniel Susnjar’s Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group • Richard Walley’s Six Seasons with the Junkadelic Orchestra • DJ Jimmy Mac

Swan River Ramblers at The Duke

Drawing repertoire from trad. jazz & swing standards, bebop and more, The Swan River Ramblers combine a wealth of performance experience, with instrumental virtuosity and a keen sense of spontaneity.

  • Dates:Saturday November 6th
  • Time(s):Doors open 6pm | Band Starts 7pm
  • Venue:The Duke of George

Details

  • Hosted By:The Duke of George
  • Ticket Price:$35 (seated ticket)
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Led by bass player Pete Jeavons, the band was formed in 2017 and true to their name, they initially performed only in an acoustic, roving, quartet format aboard the paddle steamer Decoy as it cruised the Swan River during WA’s warmer months. With many sold out shows aboard the PS Decoy now under their belt The Ramblers have started to make a few appearances on land too, adding a drummer to their ranks. Although the individual band members are no strangers to the stage at The Duke of George, collectively, the band will make its debut performance there on Sunday November 6th featuring Adam Hall (trumpet/vocals), Adrian Galante (clarinet/piano), Brett Hardwick (guitar/vocals), Pete Evans (drums) and of course Pete Jeavons (double bass). Join the Swan River Ramblers for a great night of jazz that is guaranteed to please! Doors 6pm | Band 7pm

PIJF: Picnic in the Park

Presented as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival. Join us in the lush surrounds of Hyde Park for the popular jazz picnic in the park.

  • Dates:Nov 7
  • Time(s):12pm
  • Venue:Hyde Park

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Jazz
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

Jazz Parade In celebration of getting together and playing music, take part in our Jazz Parade and play some New Orleans-style brass band tunes as we march around Hyde Park. Bring your (portable) instrument and good vibes, and if you don’t play an instrument, join in anyway and just celebrate your love of music! All ages and abilities are welcome, and if you’d like to take part, please meet us at the stage at 12pm. Welcome to Country Following the Parade, settle in for a Welcome to Country from Dr Richard Walley. Live Jazz Bring a picnic and catch Perth’s rising stars including the WAYJO Big Band with Armadale High School’s music students. There’ll also be Brazilian grooves from Danilo da Paz and Perth Choro, and some swingin’ sounds from Penny King Quartet and Marty Pervan’s Midnight Rollers. For more info, go to: perthjazzfest.com/event/jazz-picnic-in-the-park

Perth International Jazz Festival: 'On Tour' in Busselton

Presented as part of the Perth International Jazz Festival. An afternoon of swingin’ jazz at the Busselton Amphitheatre as part of our new PIJF ‘On Tour’ series.

  • Dates:Nov 13
  • Time(s):1pm - 6pm
  • Venue:Busselton Foreshore Amphitheatre & Stage

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth International Jazz Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Jazz
  • Festivals:Perth International Jazz Festival

Description

PIJF hits the road for its new ‘On Tour’ series and first stop is a day of swingin’ jazz on the Foreshore. Expect world-class jazz from WA’s finest spanning swing to modern jazz and traditional New Orleans as well as a dedicated stage set up for swing dancing. We invite you to bring a rug and a picnic and/or treat yourself to local delights from Rocky Ridge Brewing Co or the permanent food offerings in the area like Shelter Brewing Company, Equinox Restaurant & Bar, Busselton Beach Shack or make a night of it at Amalfi Resort. FEATURING: The Love Rats • Gemma Farrell Quintet • OZ Big Band • Libby Hammer Quartet This free event is courtesy of Lotterywest & City of Busselton For more info, go to: perthjazzfest.com/event/pijf-on-tour-in-busselton