Galapagos Duck to headline new jazz fest!

GALAPAGOS Duck  are coming to the Sunshine Coast to perform at the inaugural  Nambour Winter Jazz Fest on the 30th & 31st July.   

Australia's premier Jazz band, Galapagos Duck have a long track record.  In 1969, a group of jazz musicians formed  to play the winter season at The Kosciusko Ski Chalet. 

They named this new band Galapagos Duck (in deference to a Spike Milligan sketch).  Along with trailblazers like the late, great Graeme Bell and then stars like Don Burrows, George Golla and the Morrison brothers, Galapagos Duck put Australian Jazz on the map.

They've won national and international awards… played throughout America, Asia and Europe…performed all the big jazz gigs from Montreux to the American Musexpo and the Singapore International Jazz Festival… and played and recorded with the likes of Nina Simone and Ray Charles, James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel, Don Burrows, Winifred Atwell, The Australian Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet.

Now they're heading to Nambour to help launch the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest.   Hosted by Sassy Jazz and The Bison Bar, the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest has been born out of the successful monthly jazz events "The Jazz Sessions" held at The Bison Bar.   

"The jazz has been really popular", says Bison Bar owner, Peter Townson,  "we've been getting a full house every time".   

Finding there are a lot of people on the Coast who are looking for a more sophisticated form of entertainment,  they are now going to host a full weekend of jazz.

The Nambour Winter Jazz Fest will be held at The Bison Bar and the C-Square Courtyard, Nambour for a limited number of patrons.  

This will be a 'boutique' jazz festival, a small festival featuring a day of quality jazz, fine wine and good food in an intimate setting. 

It's your chance to listen to some of Australia's finest jazz artists up close & personal and mix with the artists over lunch in the courtyard.

"It's so exciting to have Galapagos Duck here on the Sunshine Coast", says Robyn Brown of Sassy Jazz,  "They are all incredible musicians and they put on a world-class show". 

The band's latest lineup includes one of the originals - sax player Willy Qua (who harks back to 1973) - along with bass player/guitarist John Conley who boasts a mere 33 year association with the band.

Then there's renowned saxophonist Richard Booth (sax, clarinet, flute and steel drum), the exciting drummer Rodney Ford and Wil Sargisson (keys),who was only born after the original Galapagos Duck had been playing The Basement for 11 years!

Reviewer Lloyd Bradford Syke recently wrote in Australian Stage: "The Duck have lost none of their vigour, enthusiasm, dexterity, versatility or skill. In fact, they're probably playing better than ever; which, after 43 years, is saying something!"  The band swings hard, their performance irresistibly upbeat and positive.  The Galapagos Duck is nothing less than a powerhouse.

Along with Galapagos Duck, the festival will also feature top jazz artists Ingrid James, Trevor Hart, Robyn Brown, Ewan MacKenzie, Jeanau Rogers and others - an amazing variety of jazz from swing, to blues, to funk and even Gypsy jazz.

Numbers are limited so book early to be assured of a seat.  Bookings will be open soon through the website - www.nambourwinterjazzfest.com.au.


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