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Spring International Jazz Series

  • Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Murphys Avenue Gwynneville, NSW, 2500 Australia (map)

Following the success of the Autumn Jazz Festival earlier this year, the Wollongong Conservatorium Of Music Jazz Series is proud to present the first ever Spring International Jazz Series featuring four international jazz acts performing over three weeks. 

Due to popular demand we're excited to announce the addition of an extra Orbiturtle feat. Chin Suzuki show on Sunday morning, November 20! See below for tickets

Nov 19, Nov 20 - Orbiturtle feat. Chin Suzuki (JPN)

Dave Jackson - saxophone, Steve Barry - piano, Chin Suzuki - bass, Okamura Ko - drums

An alumnus of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, a side man of Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and Chet Baker and nephew of the creator of the Suzuki method, Japanese jazz legend Chin Suzuki is a musical icon. Touring Australia for the very first time this November, Suzuki will be playing alongside new powerhouse trio, Orbiturtle featuring Bell Award winning pianist Steve Barry, Freedman Fellowship finalist Dave Jackson (sax) and firebrand drummer Okamura Ko. An intimate performance in the Conservatorium Auditorium thats not to be missed!

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Sunday, November 20, 2016
  • 7pm - 9:30pm (Sat), 11am - 1:30pm (Sun)
  • Wollongong Conservatorium Auditorium, Murphys Avenue, Kieraville, NSW, 2500


Past Events:

Saturday Oct 29 - Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra feat. Florian Ross (GER)

Australia's leading jazz orchestra, The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra will return to Wollongong with dynamic German composer/pianist Florian Ross as part of the orchestra's national tour playing Ross' latest large ensemble works. Since 2003, the JMO has gained a reputation as one of the world's most respected independent jazz orchestra's collaborating with many international stars including Maria Schnieder (USA), Chris Potter (USA) and Bert Joris (BE) to name a few. Combining with the amazing piano playing and composing panache of Ross - himself a highly regarded leader and sideman in his own right, having played with Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, Bob Brookmeyer and more - expect a night of dynamic, exciting and highly original music.

  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • 7pm - 9:30pm
  • Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, Lysaght Street, North Wollongong, NSW, 2500 

Thursday Nov 3 - Shannon Barnett Quartet (GER/AUS)

Stefan Karl Schmid - saxophone/clarinet, Shannon Barnett - trombone, David Helm - bass, Fabian Arends - drums.

"She has a big strong sound, but one thatʼs as capable of finesse as bluster; she has plenty of chops, and never seems to run out of ideas. Best of all, she attacks her solos with real gusto, an unbridled pleasure in the act of creating music.”
- Adrian Jackson, Rhythms magazine 2011

Shannon Barnett (2007 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year) is well known to Australian audiences through her work with The Vampires, The Black Arm Band, The Bamboos, Andrea Keller and Circus Oz. Since 2014, she has been based in Cologne, Germany were she plays regularly in the vibrant contemporary jazz scene. For her performance at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Barnett is bringing three exciting collaborators - and some of Germany's top sidemen - Stefan Karl Schmid, David Helm and Fabian Arends. Together they bring Barnettʼs compositions to life - works that feature space for the development and sharing of ideas, as well as revealing a wicked sense of humour.  

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • 7pm - 9:30pm
  • Wollongong Conservatorium Auditorium, Murphys Avenue, Kieraville, NSW, 2500

Saturday Nov 5 - Ingrid and Christine Jensen with the Mike Nock Trio (CAN/AUS)

Ingrid Jensen - trumpet, Christine Jensen - sax, Mike Nock - piano, Brett Hirst - bass, Ben Waples - drums.

"Ingrid plays trumpet and flugelhorn with all the brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso following the spirit of the muse as she creates...warm, sensitive, exciting and totally honest.” - Marian McPortland

Ingrid has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpet players of her generation. Born in Vancouver and a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Jensen moved to New York in the late 1990's where she quickly established herself as one of the most in-demand trumpeters in the international jazz scene. A star soloist of the Maria Schnieder and Darcy James Argue Orchestras one of her closest collaborators is her sister, saxophonist and composer, Christine Jensen. In addition to Christine's own orchestra they co-lead various groups and recently recorded an album with famed guitarist Ben Monder. Supported by the legendary Mike Nock and his trio, this is a rare chance to experience two of the finest horn players in the world at the height of their powers.

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • 7pm - 9:30pm
  • Wollongong Conservatorium Auditorium, Murphys Avenue, Kieraville, NSW, 2500
Earlier Event: 27 October
Later Event: 30 October
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