Stonnington Jazz Festival

Stonnington Jazz Festival returns for its 15th year with 11 days of red-hot, all-Australian jazz, with the full program announced and tickets now on sale via stonningtonjazz.com.au. From 7 to 17 May 2020 Stonnington Jazz Festival will present a dynamite program of performances and events across multiple venues. Chapel Off Chapel will serve as the festival hub, packed with stunning shows, interactive events and immersive experiences. Tipping a cap to the 100-year anniversary of Prohibition, the Chapel’s loft space has been transformed into the ‘Lana Turner Lounge’, primed for intimate shows and nights of revelry.
This year’s festival embraces new generations of amazing Australian talent while honouring the timeless mastery of the jazz greats. Creative Producers Nichaud Fitzgibbon and Stephen McAllan have curated a program that encompasses the many and diverse genres that make up jazz, taking listeners on a round- the-world musical journey from New Orleans and New York to Polynesia, Brazil and even further afield.

There’s something a little familiar, sounds that are fun and challenging, and performances that will get your heart racing and feet moving.

“I welcome new Creative Producers Nichaud Fitzgibbon and Stephen McAllan, and look forward to the exciting program they have created for our 15th anniversary. This years’ festival has something for everyone, from jazz aficionados to live music fans and those new to the genre. I encourage residents and visitors to Stonnington to get out and enjoy this fabulous festival” City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos said.

Stonnington Jazz Festival 2020 Gala Performance
GOLD! The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra featuring Fem Belling and Libby Hammer
This show-stopping opening performance will take the audience on a ride from Irving Berlin and Ella Fitzgerald to David Bowie and Duran Duran, on Friday 8 May, 7pm at the Chapel/Chapel Off Chapel. Dynamic, scintillating and featuring an electrifying big band, these performers will draw on musical standards from the 1930s to the 2000s for a show that takes swing to places you never imagined.

Festival Highlights:
Prolific Australian trumpeter, singer and composer/arranger Roscoe James Irwin (The Cat Empire, The Bamboos) presents Lost in a Dream: The Musical Life of Chet Baker on Thursday 7 May, 6.30pm at Chapel Off Chapel. A hauntingly beautiful journey through the sounds and songs of one of the most revered, yet most tragic figures in popular jazz history. Joined by a jazz trio and string section, Irwin will present his own gorgeous re-workings of Baker’s classic material, with all the cinematic romance, heartbreak and soul of 1950s California.

Harry James Angus
, the trumpet playing vocalist of The Cat Empire presents Flicker – a deeply affecting and personal project that showcases his considerable vocal range, on Sunday 10 May, 3.30pm at Chapel Off Chapel. Inspired by the likes of Nina Simone and Van Morrison, this thrilling new work is, quite simply, utterly sublime.

The This World Project album launch
 will be a festival headliner on Friday 15 May, 8pm at Chapel Off Chapel, with an amazing all-star line-up of improvisers including multi-award-winning saxophonist Julian Wilson, ARIA and Bells Award-winning composer and bassist JonathanZwartz, world-renowned pianist MikeNock, recipient of the Don Banks Award and Bells Award Hall of Fame, and drum master HamishStuart.

A commanding Polynesian woman of soul, Karen Lee Andrews will perform her new original work – an exceptional blend of American Blues and Soul with gritty guitar, glowing valves, lush tremolo and deep reverb in a distinctively fluid Oceanic expression, on Saturday 9 May, 7.30pm at Chapel Off Chapel.

Trio Corta-Jaca
, by guitarist Doug De Vries. Showcasing Brazilian jazz in its most intimate and exposed form, this performance will conjure images of Rio with energetic, soulful and joyous rhythms on Thursday 14 May, 8.30pm at Chapel Off Chapel.

The authentic jazz club experience will come alive in the Lana Turner Lounge, inspired by the speakeasies of the 1920s. In this cool and cosy space audiences will enjoy intimate performances of everything from swing and blues to late-night funk and soul. Highlights in the Lana Turner Lounge include:

Arabesk
, an award-winning, Sydney-based four-piece ensemble that will lift spirits with a mix of tango, reggae and funky jazz beats on Thursday 14 May, 9pm. An intoxicating show that journeys through Eastern Europe’s Gypsy Classical traditions with a backdrop of African and Arabic beats, before spinning into Motown Rhythms and Cuban Jazz.

The History of the Blues
, featuring an all-star cast of some of Australia’s finest exponents of jazz and rhythm ‘n’ blues on Saturday 9 May, 9.30pm. In this exclusive show for Stonnington Jazz Festival, they will explore the legacy of legendary New Orleans recording studio Cosimo Studios, and the exceptional sound that later became Rock and Roll.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit stonningtonjazz.com.au

Celebrating 15 years of Stonnington Jazz
Over 15 years Stonnington Jazz Festival has cemented its position as one of the key events on the national jazz calendar. The festival covers the breadth of the genre, from classic jazz greats to cutting edge new styles, providing a platform for all creative expression to be heard and enjoyed. Boasting an all-Australian line-up of artists based in Melbourne, interstate and overseas, the festival is proud to feature both established and emerging artists of the jazz scene.

25 years of Chapel Off Chapel
Live, intimate and iconic. Chapel Off Chapel is one of Melbourne’s premier entertainment and arts venues, hosting remarkable artists and performances for decades. Since its official opening as Chapel Off Chapel in 1995, the venue has hosted artists including Coldplay and Foo Fighters and musicals such as Rent and The Colour Purple, all the while becoming a cultural hotspot for Melbourne artists and audiences. Chapel Off Chapel is one of its kind, with a proven track record of hosting the best and brightest performances.