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Sydney Con International Jazz Festival 2019

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music 1 Conservatorium Road Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

International stars and Australian jazz heavyweights descend upon Sydney for our third annual International Jazz Festival on Sunday 2 June.

Presented by our Open Academy in association with SIMA, we are thrilled to present legendary US guitarist Bill Frisell, the Billy Childs Quartet and Italian pianist Vittorio Mezza in a unique collaboration with the Mark Ginsberg Ensemble. Some of the best Australian bands are also appearing including the Australian National Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey, the Jamie Oehlers Quintet, the Hannah James Trio and Marc Issacs with Loretta Palmeiro. The program ranges from the trad jazz of the Craig Scott Quintet or Hammerhead to free improvisation from Laura Altman and Melanie Herbert and the quirky modern takes from Ben Vanderwal’s Riffzs 2000.

The festival again has a strong emphasis on education with four masterclasses, including Kevin Hunt improvising with Indigenous musicians, and three student ensembles will present concerts following mentoring sessions with jazz musicians from Melbourne.