This year marks our 27th festival and what a great journey it has been. We have weathered the challenges faced by regional music festivals with the support of our community and an ability to adapt and deliver.
Our programming is our cornerstone and with the inclusion of our family friendly King George Gardens stage we deliver quality live music for fans of Jazz, Blues and lovers of live music generally.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy all the best of serious jazz and blues in the context of a fun and friendly festival held in this beautiful part of regional Victoria with world class music, renowned local food and wine, breathtaking natural environment and local culture.
This year’s festival brings even more colour to the streets with live art events and the King George Gardens is the place to relax and enjoy the best of the region.
The 2016 National Jazz Awards instrument is the saxophone and our programme features not only some established jazz and blues icons but excitingly a number of emerging stars of the future.
We look forward to welcoming you to Jazz country.
Over the past twenty-seven years our festival has evolved; as much by design as from necessity. With any change, there needs to be some balancing constancy, and ours is built over many years of great programming, dazzling performances, atmospheric venues, relaxed artists and friendly locals. There is a unique informality to performances that belies...Read More
Wangaratta sits at the heart of Victoria’s High Country, with easy access to world class nature, cycling, food & wine experiences which our region is renowned for. Make sure you take some time when you are in Jazz country to explore and discover some of this beautiful region. Here are some highlights: 1. Take a journey down Prosecco Road Since...Read More
By Emma Jones. Our Jazz and Blues festival is best known for the caliber and volume of artists that grace the program each year. To attract such quality (and quantity) is a credit not only to the work of our Artistic Director, our event management and our board but also to the legacy of a ‘friendly festival’. Each year we hear from performers and f...Read More