2022 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues makes a triumphant return!

The return of Australia’s much loved regional music event, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues drew to a close on Sunday 30 October thrilling festivalgoers with inspired international and homegrown collaborations and stand-alone performances from Australia’s finest musicians. Following a two-year online presence due to Covid and being on hiatus the year prior, the […]

2022 National Jazz Awards Finalists Announced

Australia’s most talented young jazz guitarists shortlisted. Five of our country’s finest young jazz guitarists have been selected as finalists in the 2022 National Jazz Awards. Harry Tinney (VIC), Joshua Meader (NSW), Julius Schwing (TAS), Theo Carbo (VIC) and Peter Koopman (NSW) will compete for the prestigious honour with a live performance at the Award finals […]

Media Release: Full program of artists announced

Pheeroan akLaff (US) with Chloe Kim (Aus) and Maria Moles (Aus) Iro Haarla (Fin) Tamara Murphy (Aus) and James McLean (Aus) Rebecca Barnard, Ray Beadle, Jimi Hocking’s Blues Machine, Andrea Keller, Alison Ferrier & Shorty, Karen Lee Andrews, Dan Barnett Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts and OTHERS Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues announces […]

Seeking Board Members

About Us The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues has a long history of delivering world class music, in a regional environment that provides strong economic benefit to the Rural City of Wangaratta and the surrounding townships. The Festival operates over three days in the weekend leading up to the Melbourne Cup. More information here […]

Media Release: Submissions now open for Australia’s prestigious National Jazz Awards

Call out for Australia’s leading young jazz guitarists The National Jazz Awards, Australia’s most prestigious jazz performance competition, returns in 2022 with the spotlight turned to our country’s most talented young guitarists.  The prize pool includes a recording session with Pughouse Studios and $7000 for the winner with second and third placegetters receiving $4,000 and $2,000 respectively. Presented […]

Media Release: First Program Announcement!

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues has released a sneak peak of their adventurous and eclectic 2022 program, featuring Australia’s premier jazz and blues artists, inspired international collaborations and the annual National Jazz Awards, from Friday October 28 – Sunday October 30, 2022. Festival Chair Dave Fuller said the festival is thrilled to see the […]

Eugene Ball is artist in residence at ABC Jazz

Our very own Eugene Ball is the first Artist In Residence for ABC Jazz for 2022. Head on over to their website to learn more about some of his selections, and listen in everyday at 2pm to hear even more! Visit the ABC Jazz website Image: ABC Jazz

2021 National Jazz Awards Winners Announced

1st – Matthew Thomson (NSW) 2nd – Matthew Sheens (SA/NYC) 3rd – Steve Barry (NSW) The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is thrilled to announce Matthew Thomson as the winner of the coveted 2021 National Jazz Awards (piano), which includes a $7,000 cash prize and a recording session with Melbourne’s Pughouse Studios. Matthew Sheens […]

Media Release: 2021 National Jazz Awards – Finals Concert Schedule

Free Online Concerts – Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November Ten of Australia’s finest young jazz pianists will vie for the coveted 2021 National Jazz Awards in a series of stunning performances that will be presented in digital format across the weekend of the 26 to 28 November. The 2021 finalists showcasing their keyboard dexterity […]

Media Release: 2021 National Jazz Awards Finalists Announced

Ten of Australia’s finest young jazz pianists shortlisted for 2021 NATIONAL JAZZ AWARDS Free online concerts from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November Ten of Australia’s finest young jazz pianists have been selected as finalists in the 2021 National Jazz Awards.  Each year the Awards focus on a different instrument – piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, brass, drums or […]