Thredbo Jazz is turning 30 and the 2017 festival is set to be one to remember with a big celebration of the best in Australian Jazz and Roots Music on the rooftop of Australia. Thredbo will be swinging April 28- 30 as this year’s line-up is outstanding and is sure to delight lovers of all jazz genres.
Lisa Hunt and Forever Soul will make a debut appearance in Thredbo with Lisa’s extraordinary voice setting the soul free for some late night partying. Australian Jazz Legend Bob Barnard is back with the Barnard Family Jazz Band and for more dancing than a cuban conga line Chukale is bringing the Latin Big Band back to the village.
Thredbo crowd favourites the Kirrawee High Band return with their youthful energy and prodigious talent and for lovers of modern improvisation the Matt McMahon Trio will weave their spontaneous spell.
Some fresh faces to the Thredbo Jazz program – traditional Jazz Fans will love the Thredbo debut of the Unity Hall JazzBand along with Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentleman who will bring their Baltic bravado and good times to town. A must see is Gregg Arthur who is reviving Nat King Cole and the dinner suit.
Thredbo regulars George Washingmachine, Liza Ohlback and Lionel Robinson are sure to wow the crowds.
The festival program will see 17 bands playing in a variety of venues from the village to the top of the mountain, so festival goers can catch performers in different settings across the weekend.
The full artist line up:
Lisa Hunt – Forever Soul
Chukale (Cuban Big Band)
Barnard Family – Jazz Legend Bob Barnard & Family
Unity Hall Jazz Band
Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen
Matt McMahon Trio
George Washingmachine Trio
Todd Hardy with Anita Spring
Di Bird & Steve Bryan
Lionel Robinson & The “In” Crowd
The Pocket Trio
Kirrawee High School Band
George’s Jam Session
The beauty of the Thredbo festival is that all venues are within walking distance so once you arrive, leave your car behind and enjoy the fresh mountain air and jazz tunes on foot. The combination of concert, intimate and poolside venues showcasing artists at their best will create a party not to be missed.
There is an accommodation option to suit everyone in Thredbo with all-inclusive festival and accommodation packages starting from $160 per person per night and Early Bird weekend festival passes are only $129 and full priced weekend festival passes are $159.