Jazz is coming to York

The Perth International Jazz Festival makes its much anticipated return to Perth and will this year have performances in York on May 26 and 27. 

Over 40 incredible jazz performances will take place over the weekend.

The three-day festival will feature a blend of ticketed and free community events by a host of celebrated local, national and international jazz artists.

The festival will be headlined by saxophonist and composer Greg Osby, from New York, who will collaborate with one of the hottest young jazz talents, pianist Tal Cohen.

In a first for the event, the town of York will play host to a number of performances by revered local artists including Adrian Galante and Mia Simonette Quintet on Friday May 26.

Bean Bumas’s Boys of Rhythm, Ali Bodycoat Quartet, James Flynn Quartet, Victoria Newton and Howie Morgan will be performing on Saturday May 27. 

Regularly touring with the likes of Sting and Paul Simon, Australian vocalist and songwriter Jo Lawry has also joined the bill and will return to Perth to captivate audiences at Brookfield Place.

Hailed as one of the most original voices in jazz today, Satoko Fukii, Japan, will team up with trumpeter and composer Natsuki Tamura, Japan, for a unique performance premiering a new suite called ‘Fukushima’, composed in the memory of the people of those affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake.

The festival will deliver the highest quality Jazz program from a wide range of popular and innovative international, national and local jazz artists. 

Graham Wood felt that the highly talented pool of Jazz players from Perth deserved a platform and dedicated event to reach the fans of this celebrated and talented art form.

“Perth International Jazz Festival is a fantastic celebration of music that can be enjoyed by a huge range of people. 

“There really is something for everyone in this program and it’s fantastic to see so many talented artists converge on our wonderful city for a weekend of great music, food, wine and fun – don’t miss it”, said Mr. Wood.