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Hot Acts Announced for This Year’s Jazz by the Bay in June

March 31, 2018 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Headline acts have been revealed for this year’s Jazz by the Bay on WA’s June long weekend (Friday 1 June to Monday 4 June) in Busselton, Dunsborough, and Margaret River on the south west coast, so polish off your dancing shoes!

The Piano Box Jazz Bar at Old Broadwater Farm will feature international vocal sensation Richard Jackson (USA) and Trumbone Powerhouse Q SOUND accompanied by Perth swing favourites Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys on Saturday 2 June.

Famous for his smooth voice and incredible range, Richard Jackson and Q SOUND will perform favourite songs from their contemporaries, including Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, James Brown I Feel Good and George Michael’s Faith combined with many other great soul artists and original compositions. Richard has headlined many major festivals and performed with The Isley Brothers, De La Soul, George Clinton, Peabo Bryson, Wynton Marsalis, Hiatus Kyote, Jose James and BabyFace.  The Piano Box event sold out last year so get in quick to avoid disappointment! Tickets for this event are on sale from today.

Also joining this year’s Jazz by the Bay from the US is Brooklyn-based singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Nerissa Campbell. Nerissa will perform her unique blend of original bluesy folk songs, sombre pop-ballads, and moody instrumentals from her four acclaimed albums.  Experience Nerissa in the late night jazz club ambience of Clancy’s Red Room on Saturday 2 June.

Ready to immerse yourself in a new music style? Jazz by the Bay has you covered. Check out the Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Jazz group On the Green in Dunsborough. Join the band straight after their performance for a free workshop – a new Jazz by the Bay offering!

Event Director Cindy Wiese said there was a diverse range of jazz talent already lined up to perform across the long weekend at free and ticketed events.

“There’s some amazing vocal and instrumental talent heading to Geographe Bay and the Capes for this year’s Jazz by the Bay and I’m pleased to confirm we’ll also have 2017 Young Australian Jazz Musician of the Year (AUS Bell awards)  Harry Mitchell, joined by his Quartet; plus acclaimed jazz, swing, blues and roots singer Jesse Gordon returning to the festival; and the Songbirds of the South West, who will be paying tribute to some of the great female jazz vocalists.

“Jazz by the Bay favourite Elle Deslandes returns this year to perform an intimate dinner show at Studio Bistro in Yallingup. This special event is usually a sell-out.

“We’re also thrilled to have the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra returning after their popular performances and workshops in 2017 and they’ll be performing in a number of variations across the three days.”

Tickets to individual events will go on sale through Sticky Tickets in early April.  On sale dates will be confirmed via the Festival’s website and social media. No tickets are required for performances On the Green in Dunsborough, which will be scheduled from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Events will return to Clairault Streicker, Rustico at Hayshed Hill, Morries, and Caves House, plus  there’ll be new venues, roving performers, music workshops and additional artists to be announced.

Book accommodation now to enjoy a full weekend of toe-tapping entertainment. Visit to find out more.

For event updates and the full program, sign up at, or find the Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Jazz by the Bay is made possible thanks to the City of Busselton, Tourism Western Australia, Lotterywest, Busselton Boulevard Shopping Centre, Totally Sound, Cape Marquees, and Caves House Hotel.

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