Program Changes in 2018

FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018

 The traditional Friday Night Schools Welcome Concert will this year begin at 6:45pm. Students will then remain in the James Morrison Pavilion where we will be presenting an Opening Gala Concert from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

The Friday Opening Gala will this year feature Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin in her only Australian performance, exclusively at Generations in Jazz.

Also joining us on Friday night will be Germany-based trombonist, vocalist and composer Shannon Barnett, along with the Grammy-nominated sax, flute and multi-reed instrumentalist, Jeff Clayton from America and Australian virtuoso, James Morrison. Also joining us on stage on Friday night will be the Generations in Jazz Festival Big Band which will be formed by a range of well-known and upcoming Australian musicians.



With 5100 emerging musicians from 130 schools from across Australia we are bracing themselves for the largest crowd in the event’s history. With this in mind, we will see additional venues in 2018 added to the festival site.

The Saturday competition will this year run from 7:00am through to 5:30pm. This year we will also bring in an additional catering venue to assist with the feeding of school participants.
Meals for Saturday evening will be served from 4:30pm to 6:00pm allowing schools to have an earlier dinner before the Saturday Night Concert.

Feedback from schools in recent years has been about the length of the Saturday Night concert and how tired many of the students have been after a full day of competition.  A new Saturday Night format has been designed to meet the concerns raised about fatigue and also the unprecedented demand from the general public to also attend.

The traditional Saturday night sell-out concert will be split into two separate concerts.

The earlier concert, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, will feature The Cat Empire as the headline act and will be open to all GIJ school participants, with limited seating available for the general public. Madrid’s star percussionist, Nasrine Rahmani and Germany-based trombonist, Shannon Barnett will add their own world-class performance style to the mix, with virtuoso James Morrison joining in for the ultimate jazz jam session.

At the beginning of this concert we will be only announcing Superband Division 1 and Superband Division 2 winners. All other awards will now be presented on Sunday.

At the conclusion, of this concert schools will depart for an early night sleep in preparation for Sunday’s workshops and Awards Ceremony

At 9:00pm a second concert will take place with The Cat Empire for the general public only. For this concert we will be removing some seating to allow for general public to get up and dance.
Please note at this stage schools will not be permitted to attend the second concert, however will review this decision as we get closer to the event and once we know public interest and seating availability.

On Sunday, we will begin the day with Master Classes and Workshops from 9:00am which will take place throughout the festival site. Concluding at 10:00am, participants will then be given morning tea prior to being seated in the James Morrison Pavilion for the Awards Ceremony and Finale Concert at 11:00am.

The closing concert will feature the awards ceremony of the 2018 National Stage Band and Vocal Awards including performances from the 2018 Superbands (Division 1 and 2), Future Finalists and finalists in the 2018 James Morrison Scholarship & GIJ Vocal Scholarships.

At the conclusion of the concert, schools will either depart for buses (with their packed lunches) or stay for a hot lunch on site (note this has been pre booked earlier this year). It is anticipated that this will all take place around 1:00pm, allowing schools to get on the road as early as possible, arriving back home at a reasonable time.