From jazz jams to poetry slams: FREE events at Stonnington Jazz 2017

From jazz jams to poetry slams: FREE events at Stonnington Jazz 2017

Stonnington Jazz invites Melbournians of all ages to participate in a variety of free events as part of the Get Involved and Jazz on the Streets portions of the program, during the annual festivities this May 11-21.

Celebrating the improvised collective nature of the genre, The Jazz Jam will take place on Monday 15 May at the Prahan Hotel, Windsor. This is an open invite for all musicians – both professional and amateur – to collaborate on stage with the Paul Williamson Trio or perform a solo piece. Classic grooves, new jams and favourite standards will all be a part of the jam adventure as guests either choose from a song list or opt to fly blind. Register online for this event.

A completely new event to Stonnington Jazz is Jazz Story Time! For this unique family-friendly event, fabulous jazz vocalist Ruth Rogers-Wright will sing and read children’s stories accompanied by pianist Adam Rudegeair. Children will be encouraged to sing and dance along to their favourite stories. The program is open to all-ages and is designed to ignite a life-long love for music and reading. The one-day event will be hosted at the Toorak/South Yarra Library from 11am on Wednesday 17 May. Register online for this event.

Dave Graney (RRR 102.7 FM/ Musician) will host a Jazz Poetry Slam on Friday 19 May at the Melbourne Bowling Club. Art forms collide when literature meets jazz in Australia’s most unique poetry slam. Participants will be given the chance to recite their favourite poetry to the sound of live jazz music, improvised on the spot! Poets will prepare a brief synopsis before their appearance and the Adam Rudegeair Trio will improvise a live jazz soundscape for the reading. This event is a one-off chance to witness unleashed creativity and meet new people in the relaxed atmosphere of the Melbourne Bowling Club.

In a four-part workshop series, Stonnington is giving attendees the opportunity to refine their musical skills, explore new ways of expressing emotions and create new creative pathways. The interactive workshops include: ‘Improvisation using electronic instruments with Adrian Sherrif, ‘Finding Your Voice – Musical discussion with Brenton Foster’,  ‘In the Moment: Creating Music through Improvisation with Sandy Evans’ and ‘1929 Studios’. For specific event information head to the Stonnington Jazz website and register online.

Jazz on the Streets will see three major street parties across South Yarra, Prahan and Malvern. Seven-piece vintage jazz outfit The Royal Jellies will deliver their brassy, fresh and infectious sound as they take to Murphy Street, South Yarra on Saturday 13 May. Head down to Glenferrie Road the following Saturday 20 May for a fun-filled afternoon of activities featuring live music, sumptuous food and a fun afro-beat workout with the Afrobics. The closing event on the Stonnington Jazz calendar is The Jazz Age Lawn Party at Grattan Gardens on Sunday 21 May. The Stonnington City Brass will bring their majestic and powerful sound; the Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative will showcase the new generation in Australian music and The Jack Earle Big Band will amaze with their stunning swing-era inspired compositions. Speaking of swing, the 1929 Studios Dancers will show the crowd some classic moves to get them up and grooving.

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