Perth International Jazz Festival 2016 to be Held in June
The Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) makes its much anticipated return to the city for its fourth consecutive year, from Friday 3 June - Sunday 5 June 2016.Presented by Brookfield, over 50 incredible jazz performances will take place across numerous exceptional venues throughout Perth. 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 festivals two headline acts will both perform at Jazz at Brookfield Place. Grammy-nominated 'future soul' quartet Hiataus Kaiyote (MEL) will play their blend of captivating lyricism and emotive soundscapes as the main attraction of Saturday's performance, while Yellowjackets (USA), the undisputed legends of jazz fusion, will headline Sunday's show. In a huge coup for West Australian jazz, Perth bass-extraordinaire Dane Alderson is the newest member to join Yellowjackets and will perform at PIJF as part of their international touring band, as well on their upcoming album. In a first for the event, Cathedral Square will play host to a number of free performances on Saturday 4 June, including two special performances in St George's Cathedral by Alex Da Costa & Graham Wood Trio (PER) and Christ McNulty (USA), who will perform her new orchestral album Eternal. Ticketed performances will play at Brookfield Place and The Ellington Jazz Club. Numerous FREE events will also be performed at Perth Cultural Centre, Cathedral Square, St George's Cathedral and The Northbridge Piazza.
Unmissable festival highlights include Grammy-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz (USA); Israeli Pianist Shai Maestro (ISRAEL, USA); Australian producer, pianist and composer Stu Hunter (SYD); saxophonist and composer, Sergio Galvao (BRAZIL); celebrated jazz vocalist Hetty Kate (MEL), and internationally renowned guitarist Lionel Loueke (AUS) (accompanied by The Vampires (AUS)), among many others.PIJF will deliver the highest quality Jazz program from a wide range of popular and innovative international, national and local jazz artists. Artistic Director 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. With over 35 Jazz festivals across Australia, PIJF, now in its fourth year, is the only dedicated Jazz festival in Western Australia. The Festival's aim is to bring inspiring music by many talented musicians to Perth in an accessible and vibrant way. PJIF's returning 2016 Ambassador, The Right Honourable. The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, is delighted to continue supporting the festival and praises it for providing a platform for local artists to showcase their talent and expose Perth audiences to the worlds finest practitioners in their field. PIJF is supported by a range of sponsors, including presenting partner Brookfield, and community partner Lotterywest. Tickets are now on sale from www.perthjazzfestival.com.au For tickets and detailed program information, please visit the official website:http://www.perthjazzfestival.com.au.