Autumn/Winter Jazz Festival 2016


For the first time ever, the Wollongong Conservatorium Of Music Jazz Series is proud to present the Autumn/Winter Jazz Festival featuring three internationally recognized artist performing over three weeks in the Conservatorium Auditorium. The Conservatorium will be offering a Festival Pass which grants access to all three shows at a discounted rate or you can buy tickets to each show individually. Read on below to see the amazing artists who will be playing as part of the festival.

May 21st - Kristin Berardi Band

Kristen Berardi – vocal, Carl Morgan – guitar, Greg Coffin – piano, Brett Hirst – bass, Tim Firth – drums

Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival International Vocal Competition in 2006, winner of the Freedman Fellowship in 2007 and winner of the National Jazz Award in 2012, Kristen Berardi has established herself as Australia’s – and indeed, one of the World’s premiere jazz vocalist. Originally from the North Queensland country town of Koumala, Berardi has since performed at Jazz festival and clubs throughout Europe, Asia and America including supporting jazz legends Al Jarreau and George Benson at the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival. To kick off the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Series Autumn/Winter Jazz Festival, Berardi returns to the Wollongong Conservatorium Of Music to perform her original compositions with her stellar band for a truly world class concert that is not to be missed.

May 26th - Joe Farnsworth (USA)

Dale Barlow – saxophone, John Harkin – piano, Brendan Clarke – bass, Joe Farnsworth – drums

New York based drummer, Joe Farnsworth is regarded as one of the top jazz drummers in the world and with over 70 records behind him – playing with such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and Benny Golson to name a few – he can be considered one of the most recorded too. For his first-ever performance in Wollongong as part of the Autumn/Winter Jazz Festival, Farnsworth will be playing with a fellow modern great, Australia’s own Dale Barlow (sax), an alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Supported by Australian jazz stalwarts, John Harkin and Brendan Clarke, this performance promises to be a night of blistering swing and fiery hard-bop.

June 2nd - The Vampires with Lionel Loueke (USA)

“[Lionel Loueke] is a musical painter” – Herbie Hancock

Jeremy Rose – alto, Nick Garbett – trumpet, Lionel Loueke – guitar, Jonathan Zwarts– bass, Alex Masso – drums

The Vampires’ music is a unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion between the sax/trumpet front line, the band defies these genres and has wrought a style of their own. After releasing four critically acclaimed albums and successfully touring extensively nationally and internationally, The Vampires return to the Wollongong Conservatorium Of Music to headline the Autumn/Winter Jazz Festival with modern jazz guitar great, Lionel Loueke (USA). Originally from the West African country of Benin, Loueke left Africa to pursue jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris before moving to the USA to continue his studies at Berklee College of Music. He has since established himself as one of the world’s most outstanding guitarists having played and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Terrance Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden and Joe Lovano.