It is nearly time for the annual Merimbula Jazz Festival, and JWA will be there again. This year, for the first time, we’ll have two of our combos playing: A group of our advanced young players, “The Jazz Workshoppers” and Gavin Ahearn’s Monday night combo, playing as “Helium 8”. We are also delighted that the JWA Sydney Youth Jazz Orchestra, the community youth big and we sponsor, will be returning to the festival again this year after missing a year or two.
Here’s our groups’ schedule:
Friday June 7
6:30 pm, Jazz Workhoppers, Satay House Restaurant.
Saturday June 8
- 12 pm SYJO, Waterfront Cafe
- 1:30 pm The Jazz Workshoppers, Waterfront Cafe
- 6 pm Helium 8, Merimbula RSL Maple Leaf Room
- 6:30, Jazz Workshoppers, Satay House resaurant
- 9 pm Paul Dion’s Avanti feat. Saul Richardson, Lakeview Hotel
- 10 pm “Jazz Quest”, Lakeview Hotel
Sunday June 9
- 9:30 am SYJO, Waterfront Cafe
- 10:30 am, Jazz Workshoppers, Waterfront Cafe
- 2 pm SYJO, Club Sapphire, auditorium
- 4 pm, Jazz Workshoppers, Lakeview Hotel
- 6:30 pm JWA musicians, Satay House
- 7 pm, SYJO. Club Sapphire, auditorium
- 8 pm Helium 8, Club Sapphire, Sapphire Room
- 9 pm Jazz Workshoppers, Lakeview Hotel
Some other bands on the festival program featuring JWA alumni include Tembtanglement, Traxion Big Band, and Avanti.