Brett Iggulden blows a high note, watched by the Satin Bowerbirds.
Brett Iggulden blows a high note, watched by the Satin Bowerbirds. Bruce Thomas

Three days of jazz fun guaranteed

BELLINGEN’s Jazz and Manouche Festival is off and running, with a packed program of entertainment Saturday and Sunday.

The three-day festival, described by organisers as the most ambitious Bellingen Jazz Festival to date, was launched on Friday morning with the traditional breakfast at the Old Butter Factory.

Overall, the program is designed to offer a taste of Melbourne’s Brunswick Street and Balmain’s Unity Hall Hotel; a lick of a big night on St Paul’s terrace; some Mississippi spirituals and gospel; music by the Never Never River at Gleniffer, and a visit to Paris all in one weekend.

It also offers an expanded program of manouche (gypsy jazz) and guitar music, with 15 of Australia’s leading guitarists.

New this year is the marquee at the Butter Factory, which will host the Late Late Show Jam from 10.30pm tonight; a new cabaret room at the Golf Club; master classes at the CWA Hall, and the jazz picnic at Gleniffer tomorrow from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Free shuttle buses will run from jazz HQ from 9.39am.



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