Author: Dylan Weston
When it comes to live jazz & blues music, Western Australia is home to many jazz & blues festivals throughout the year that are bound to keep your year bright and bustling with fresh grooves. With all your favourite sub-genres primed to play in select backdrops – ranging from the sprawl of Perth to serene spots in the country – there’s something for everyone to keep an ear out for. Get on your dancing shoes as we present you with five jazz and blues festivals across Perth and WA.
Perth International Jazz Festival (8-10 Nov 2019)
Returning for its highly anticipated seventh annual weekend, the premier Perth International Jazz Festival is back to bring you the hottest jazz performances from local, national and international artists. Featured acts will include local jazz legend Libby Hammer, BBC Jazz Award-winning artist Anita Wardell, and Chilean Saxophonist Melissa Aldana. Offering a mix of over 60 free and ticketed events across an array of locales and iconic jazz venues in Northbridge, this international event is sure to be a soul filled time.
Blues at Bridgetown (8-10 Nov 2019)
Set in the picturesque surrounds of Bridgetown, approximately 270km south of Perth, Blues at Bridgetown combines a slower local life with a rich festival program of blues. This year will feature the Original Chicago Blues All Stars and a celebrated line-up of local blues artists. Make sure to pack the car, hit the road, and join the community in this Western Australian haven of blues and jazz fusions.
WA Gypsy Jazz Festival (Mar 2020)
Flying in internationally renowned talent to the locality of Waroona in the Peel region, the Gypsy Jazz Fest shares jazz experiences typically reserved for the likes of Brazil, Nepal, and Germany. The exquisite Drakesbrook Winery plays host to pop-up markets, food tents, and musician gazebos – transforming the area into an extensive Gypsy Jazz Village. Most charming of all is the lantern-lit evening concert by the lakeside!
Jazz by the Bay (29 May – 1 June 2020)
Spanning over 20 venues in Busselton, Dunsborough, and Margaret River, Jazz by the Bay transforms WA’s magnificent South West coast into a cradle of funk and jazz. This weekend-long event transcends the typical music festival and offers stunning sights to soak in, as well as local food and wine to satisfy all the senses. The festival showcases jazz, funk, soul, and swing performances in wineries, bars and theatres across the region.
King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival (July 2020)
Boasting hot jazz to warm up your winter each July, the King Street Corner Pocket Festival offers Perth three nights to experience emerging and established jazz performers from the local area. A focal point of the festival is the exhilarating pop-up performances around King Street, ensuring you won’t ever miss a beat. These settings play host to an array of genres from Latin to Jazz Funk, each show promising an intimate and unique experience.