Manly gets into swing of things with return of jazz fest

Northern Beaches

Australia’s longest running jazz festival is returning to Manly this Spring, with two great days of music on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.

Now in its 45th year, Manly Jazz is renowned for its beautiful location, its stellar line up of local and international musicians and its laidback beach vibes.

Due to the pandemic, the festival was held online over the past two years. But this year, the Corso and surrounding streets and laneways will come alive with jazz and draw in thousands.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the return of Manly Jazz would be a lively celebration for locals and visitors alike.

“After two years of disruption, we are so excited to bring back our major events to support our local musicians and performers and enliven our streets once again,” Mayor Regan said.

“Manly Jazz continues to draw in visitors from across Sydney and further afield, boosting our local economy, especially as businesses recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“That’s why, working with the Manly Business Chamber, we have moved the festival from the October long weekend to a less busy weekend in September, delivering a great weekend of music while supporting local business during a traditionally quieter trading period.”

There’s something for everyone, with a wide range of jazz planned, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots.

Artistic director Caroline Speight said the return of Manly Jazz was welcome news for local artists to be able to play at events again.

“We are looking forward to returning to the joy of sharing the excitement of great live jazz at the 45th Manly Jazz, building hope and healing to the community through arts and performance,” Ms Speight said.

“We are committed to honouring Manly Jazz heritage, presenting iconic jazz musicians and supporting young rising stars through a diverse artistic program.”

The program will be announced at the end of July, so stay tuned by visiting our website or socials @manlyjazz.

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