Dear Generations in Jazz friends,
It’s been 30 years since I first came to Generations. On that weekend in 1987 there were no big bands, no choirs, no scholarships….it was a gathering of people who loved jazz and wanted to pass it on to future generations. I guess there were about 200 people in the Barn and my Brother and I played a concert on the Saturday night.
Whilst things have changed dramatically, the most important thing hasn’t changed – a group of people who love jazz and want to pass it on. As a participant in GIJ, you are part of that legacy.
In 30 years we’ve seen so many great artists at GIJ and looking back I can’t believe some of the names who’ve played in a tent in a paddock! It’s time to celebrate, so for 2017 we’re bringing back some of my favourite artists who have been part of this incredible journey.
The amazing Marian Petrescu on piano, Gordon Goodwin on sax and piano, Wycliffe Gordon on Trombone and vocals (had to have him back right away) Mat Jodrell on trumpet and Ollie McGill – the amazing keyboardist from Cat Empire…with more to be announced soon.
We’re also going bigger than ever! (you knew I was going to say that J)
We had two big bands on stage last time on Saturday night and there’s only one place to go from there – a symphony orchestra!
We will be performing a program called the ‘A to Z of Jazz’ (that’s Louis Armstrong to Joe Zawinul) which is a journey from the beginnings of jazz through to fusion and funk. On stage will be the Entire 85-piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, all of our instrumental guests and our star vocalist for 2017 – Jazzmeia Horn!
If you haven’t checked out Jazzmeia Horn yet – get ready for an experience you won’t forget. Her accolades include Downbeat Awards in 2008, 2009, and Best Vocal Jazz Soloist Winner 2010, the Rising Star Award for the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition, the 2013 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center, winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and in 2015 she won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition! Still in her twenties, she is the hottest young singer on the international jazz scene.
Apart from performing at just about every famous jazz club in New York City (Birdland, Dizzy’s, The Apollo, The Blue Note and Minton’s) she is also a teaching artist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Jazz for teens program – and she’ll be conducting a workshop for our vocalists at GIJ!
As you can see, we have another milestone year planned for 2107, with our biggest ‘band’ yet and a collection of amazing artists, both old and new…and of course the chance to hear all of you!