A celebration of jazz

Royal Garden Jazz and Blues Band (Supplied) 279834_01

Ash Bolt

Jazz will be the focus of the day as the Surround Sounds music festival prepares to wind down this weekend.

Surround Sounds and Geelong Jazz Club are set to bring nine local jazz bands together across three music venues from 12pm on Saturday, May 7 for a celebration of the best in Geelong jazz.

Geelong Jazz Day boasts a huge line-up including Des Camm Jazz Band, the Andy Pobjoy Trio, League of Gentlemen, Gatsby’s Vintage Jazz Band, Feelin’ Good, Royal Garden Jazz and Blues Band, Lucy Lorenne Quartet, Papa Willie Jazz Band, and the David Gardner Quartet.

The Little Malop Street Precinct will become the hive of entertainment, with Pistol Pete’s, Piano Bar and the Westend Hotel each playing host to the performers for an afternoon of jazz.

City of Greater Geelong arts, live entertainment and hospitality portfolio chair Eddy Kontelj said it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate “the local jazz talent that Geelong has to offer”.

“I encourage all jazz cats and music lovers alike to head down to Little Malop Street on Saturday … to support the musical icons and legends that make up this creative city,” he said.

Geelong Jazz Day founder and musician Felix Blatt said it was a great initiative to support musicians who had done it tough over the past few years.

“Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival is a welcome initiative as it supports musicians to get back to what they enjoy doing – performing live music,” he said.

“Geelong has a rich history of jazz music, and it’s fantastic to have a mini jazz festival back in our city.”

Geelong Jazz Day will be one of the last events scheduled for Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival, which has been running throughout April and May.

Details: surroundsoundsgeelong.com.au