“Festivals are great opportunities to create different kind of experiences,” Chelsea Wilson explains. “A lot of jazz venues in town do not have the stages or infrastructure to be able to do something like that, so were very fortunate to have Chapel Off Chapel as a festival hub this year; it has lots of space for the bands to explore.”
“…Sydney’s a small town and I was just wanting to make something nice.”
These quite young musicians are students of this music. They love it. They do take it seriously, but authenticity is attained by appearing not to take it seriously.
‘Three bands on the same street?’ he says excitedly of the string of gigs stirring along the road as we speak. ‘It’s like 42nd Street or something. It’s fantastic.’