2017 Lineup

The Generations in Jazz Festival (GIJ) makes its much anticipated return in 2017 to Mount Gambier, South Australia, from Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May 2017. Showcasing a host of celebrated local, national and international artists, this year’s Jazz program offers something for everyone.

For the first time, the Generations in Jazz Festival will open to audiences outside of its normal Festival dates, with the powerful concert on Thursday 4 May, marking the beginning of our celebrations. In a huge coup for the Limestone Coast, 2017 will also see the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra take centre stage on Saturday Night, alongside a high profile list of guest artists for a Festival-exclusive special event.


Scholarship Adjudication No 1

Date:                Thursday 4 May 2017, 8:00PM
Venue:             Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, 10 Watson Terrace Mount Gambier

This year, Generations in Jazz will be presenting a unique concert held in the heart of Mount Gambier, which is fast becoming Australia’s home of Jazz.
What better way to celebrate James Morrison’s 30th anniversary of involvement with Generations in Jazz and open this year’s festival in style.

Held on Thursday 4 May at the Sir Robert Helpann Theatre, this concert will form Part One of the scholarship adjudication process for the 2017 Generations in Jazz Scholarships. Finalists are chosen from across the country from a large pool of entrants who have displayed incredible music ability and will be vying for a spot in the final twelve and will undergo adjudication in Mount Gambier during the Generations in Jazz Festival.

This concert will also feature special guest appearances from Australia’s internationally-renowned virtuoso trumpeter James Morrison and US jazz sensation Wycliffe Gordon on trombone.

Featuring:
James Morrison, jazz trumpet
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Marian Petrescu, piano
2017 James Morrison Scholarship Finalists
2017 GIJ Vocal Scholarship Finalists

with
Carl Dewhurst guitar
Gordon Rytmeister drums
Phil Stack bass


 Scholarship Adjudication No 2

Date:           Friday 5 May 2017, 8:30PM
Venue:        The Barn Palais,  747 Glenelg River Road, Mount Gambier

The James Morrison and GIJ Scholarships are one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of the Generations in Jazz Festival. Each year, twelve of Australia’s top emerging talent vie for the honour of becoming the winner of the prestigious James Morrison and GIJ Vocal Scholarships.

The annual competition attracts Australia’s most outstanding young jazz musicians and over the past 23 years, it has served as a launching pad for some of the country’s greatest jazz artists.

Forming Part Two of the scholarship adjudication process this concert is sure to delight audiences as finalists display their great range of talents before guest adjudicators.The Friday evening program will also include a guest appearance by Romanian jazz pianist Marian Petrescu.

Featuring:
2017 James Morrison Scholarship Finalists
2017 GIJ Vocal Scholarship Finalists
Marian Petrescu
, piano

with
Carl Dewhurst guitar
Gordon Rytmeister drums
Phil Stack bass


City of Mount Gambier National Stage Band Awards
& ANZ Vocal Ensemble Awards

Date:                   Saturday 6 May 2017, 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Venue:               Generations in Jazz Festival Precinct, Cnr Childs Road Glenelg River Road, Mount Gambier

About:
Don’t miss your chance to hear the hot sounds from over 300 of Australia’s coolest school jazz ensembles!

The Saturday program is packed with an amazing showcase of some of Australia’s best and brightest ‘Next Generation’ of young musicians who will be competing for top honours for their respective schools.

Over 4000 emerging musicians of all ages and from across the country have been preparing their repertoire for their time on stage. With performances taking place in 10 different pavilions across the Generations in Jazz Festival Precinct the City of Mount Gambier National Stage Band Awards and ANZ Vocal Ensemble Awards is an experience that competing students and audience are unlikely to forget.

For specific school performance times please visit the Generations in Jazz website closer to the event.


 2017 Generations in Jazz Gala Concert  –
A-Z of JAZZ with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Date:               Saturday 6 May 2017, 8:00PM
Venue:            James Morrison Pavilion, Clarke Road, Mount Gambier

Featuring:
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey,
conductor
James Morrison, trumpet
Jazzmeia Horn, guest vocalist
Gordon Goodwin, saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Marian Petrescu,
piano
Oliver McGill, keyboard
Mat Jodrell, trumpet
Darren Percival, guest vocalist

with
Carl Dewhurst guitar
Gordon Rytmeister drums
Phil Stack bass


ABOUT:

Australian virtuoso James Morrison is returning to Generations in Jazz in 2017 with his vast array of instruments to perform an encyclopaedic repertoire of jazz with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From Armstrong to Zawinul, the 2017 GIJ Saturday Night Gala Concert covers the full trajectory of jazz.

Who better to take you on a guided tour of jazz music than James Morrison, one of the finest jazz players of our generation?

As part of James Morrison’s 30th anniversary, celebrating his involvement in the festival, it is fitting that we bring back some of our favourite national and international artists who have been part of this incredible journey.

Mount Gambier will become home to jazz royalty in May when legendary award-winning Romanian jazz pianist Marian Petrescu, American pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor, Gordon Goodwin, US jazz sensation Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Australian trumpeter and educator, Mat Jodrell and keyboard player and backing vocalist from The Cat Empire, Oliver McGill, perform alongside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in a very special Generations in Jazz Festival concert.

Also joining us as a guest vocalist, will be one of the hottest, rapidly rising young jazz singers, Jazzmeia Horn and Australia’s Darren Percival.

Each year we aim to deliver the very best for those who visit the state for Generations in Jazz and what better way to celebrate in style with the entire Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

The always-brilliant and endlessly generous James Morrison has excelled himself in gathering together this stellar band of extraordinary world-class jazz musicians.

Don’t miss this rare chance to experience, a very special show at Generations in Jazz!


Generation in Jazz Sunday Finale Concert

Date:                 Sunday 7 May 2017, 12:30PM
Venue:             James Morrison Pavilion, Clarke Road, Mount Gambier

Featuring
James Morrison,
trumpet
Ross Irwin, trumpet
Mat Jodrell, trumpet
Marian Petrescu, piano
Oliver McGill, keyboard
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone
Jazzmeia Horn, guest vocalist
Darren Percival, guest vocalist

with
Carl Dewhurst guitar
Gordon Rytmeister drums
Phil Stack bass

Sunday we sign off for another year with our Sunday Finale Concert. This simply mouth-watering combination of artists will delight and thrill you with an afternoon of musical brilliance and sheer talent, as they take you on a journey through many big band standards and toe-tapping favourites.

With some roof-raising jazz hits this concert will also feature the awards ceremony of the 2017 National Stage Band and Vocal Awards including performances from the 2017 Generations in Jazz Superbands and Future Finalists and 2017 James Morrison Scholarship & GIJ Vocal Scholarship winners.