Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

From the media release

MimiJonesThreeNow in its fourth year the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival (SIWJF) brings together a diverse range of musicians and composers from home and abroad. Established in 2012 with support from the City of Sydney, it aims to create an annual world class international jazz festival with an emphasis on Women in Jazz. This year we are looking forward to sharing a program that celebrates the joy of life, creativity and youthful energy, as conveyed through music.

There’s a truly eclectic roster of artists with internationals from from Canada, Cuba and the United States. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque rejoice with the rhythms and vitality of Canada and Cuba while Mimi Jones and Camille Thurman demonstrate what the new generation of artists on the New York scene has in store for us. Mimi and Camille, who are in Australia to perform exclusively for the Festival, have an absorbing and complex sound that picks up where post-bop left off, where modern jazz meets pop, soul R&B and gospel. Closer to home, the Australian artists featured in this program have made a name for themselves on the international stage – Kristin Berardi is a Montreux Jazz Festival Award winner while Fiona Joy has contributed music to a Grammy Award winning album. As well as eleven nights at Sydney’s premier jazz venue Foundry 616 in Ultimo, there will be a number of free events in Ultimo and Glebe sponsored by the City Of Sydney. Late owls will also be well catered for with a series of special shows and jams at Foundry featuring guest international artists. From the infectious rhythms of Cuba, through large scale orchestral pieces, to stunning jazz vocals and virtuoso artistry, the Festival promises something for everybody, in the intimate setting of a classic jazz club. SIWJF compliments thirteen years of presenting their Young Womens Jazz workshops, a program that’s led to many young women undertaking jazz in tertiary studies and going on to a professional career in music. SIWJF is undertaken with the founding partner the Sydney International Jazz Festival.

See the full program here.