City Grants Keep the Music Alive for Jazz Festival in Kangaroo Point

Brisbane is set to sizzle with artistic energy, thanks to the city’s Creative Sparks Grants program. Among the 19 local artistic groups and individuals selected to receive funding is the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival, auspiced by the Brisbane Jazz Club in Kangaroo Point.

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This annual festival, now in its 9th year, has become a beloved August tradition in Brisbane. For four to five days (9-13 August 2024), top national and international jazz vocalists take the stage alongside local talent at the Brisbane Jazz Club, showcasing unique voices and techniques.

Standing out as the sole event of its kind in Australia, the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival champions vocal artistry and variety within the jazz genre. 

Jazz Festival
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The festival aims to cultivate an inclusive environment that empowers jazz singers of all backgrounds to push their talents to new heights. While nurturing up-and-coming vocal talents, the festival also showcases world-renowned national and international performers for its ever-expanding, devoted audience base.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan of a cappella music, an aspiring jazz singer keen to learn from the masters, or simply someone who enjoys the powerful folds and acrobatics of the human voice, the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival is not to be missed. What began as a humble “Jazz Singers’ Jazz Night” years ago has blossomed into a major event under the artistic direction of Ingrid James.

The $10,000 Creative Sparks grant will support the 2024 edition of the festival, helping it reach broader audiences whilst celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant jazz community and musical diversity.

Creative Sparks Grants program

From theatrical productions and dance theatre to circus performances and live music events, the Creative Sparks Grants program, an initiative of Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland, is investing in 19 creative projects across the city’s suburbs. 

This funding aims to bolster Brisbane’s creative industries, test new ideas, and enable artistic enterprises to grow and prosper.

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As the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival and other grant recipients take centre stage, Brisbane’s creative spark is sure to ignite the entire community’s imagination.

Published 25-April-2024

Love Jazz? Don’t Miss This Year’s Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival In Kangaroo Point

Whether you love a capella music, a budding jazz singer, or simply enjoy listening to powerful vocals, the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival in Kangaroo Point is not one to miss. Here’s what to look forward to in this upcoming four-day festival!

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Jazz Singer’s Jam Nights

August 4

The festival will kick off with the 21st Anniversary of the JAZZ SINGERS JAM NIGHT, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with performances from Tom  pegler, Jessica Spina, Stu Fisher,  Liam Keates-Ryley, Robyn Brown, June Garber, and many more.

Kings and Queens of Jazz

August 5

Back by popular demand, following on from their sell-out previous Kings and Queens of Jazz concerts, this year in 2022, the club pays homage to some more of these greats with the help of a number of local artists and a brilliant rhythm section.

Dorian Mode Organ Trio’s Grooy Gravy

August 6

A winner of three ABC music Awards, Dorian Mode will be back this year to present ‘Groovy Gravy,’ a mixture of funky originals and hard swinging standards.

Gregg Arthur’s Jazz & Cocktails

August 6

Sydney’s Gregg Arthur is all set for his delectable show  featuring songs from his latest acclaimed ABC Music CD release “Jazz and Cocktails.”

Nicki Parrott’s Trio

August 7

Celebrated as an instrumentalist and a vocalist, Australian artist Nicki Parrott has earned acclaim as one of the most engaging talents who became a first-call bassist for many mainstream jazz players in New York, as well headlining as a vocalist at jazz venues and festivals worldwide

About the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival

Photo credit: Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival/Facebook

Launched in 2016, The Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival was created due to the popularity of the club’s Jazz Singers’ Jazz Night, which demanded a more visible platform with a wider audience.

Artistic director Ingrid James initiated it with a team of jazz-loving volunteers.

In 2022, Brisbane Jazz Club celebrates its 7th anniversary, reaching beyond the jazz community to both mainstream and specialist audiences.

For tickets and more details about the festival, visit the Brisbane Jazz Club’s website or follow the event page on Facebook.