See out your weekend in style with the essence of New Orleans right here in WA. Brookfield Place Main Square boasts five hours of diverse and outstanding performances in one of the hottest locations in Perth.
This uniquely programmed event will showcase a variety of incredible jazz artists from around the globe doing what they do best. From blues and cajun, to Brazilian and high energy roaming street drumming, with styles varying from Jazz to Latin, funk to R&B, you’re sure to end the weekend in hip-swinging style.
Perth will be transformed into the "City of Jazz", and Brookfield Place is where it all comes together for a lively and intimate evening of good food, great drinks and fantastic music.
Stu Hunter - The Migration: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Arising star in modern jazz, Australian producer, pianist and composer Stu Hunter made his breakthrough with his lauded album, The Muse (2007), followed by the award-winning sophomore suite, The Gathering (2010) which The Australian declared “a milestone in contemporary jazz”. Hunter’s music has a trace of dynamite smoke about it, such is its passion and smoulder. Hunter premieres his brand new work from the 2016 Sydney Festival, The Migration, a hard grooving, soul-searching and cascading response to modern life, love and cultural complexity, performed with a masterful ten-piece band.
Gary Bartz Quartet: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father’s jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, to his own music throughout his 57 years as a professional musician. As if his Grammy Award with McCoy Tyner for Illuminations in 2005 wasn’t enough to carve out a place for Bartz in the jazz genre, he has broken the mold with more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. Gary Bartz continues to take his rightful place in the pantheon of jazz greats and he has his sight set on releasing more music on his label OYO Records.
YellowJackets (Headliner): 9:30pm-11:00pm
Featuring Russell Ferrante (keyboard, piano) Bob Mintzer (saxophone) Will Kennedy (drums, percussion) and recent addition,Perth’s own Dane Alderson (bass), this long-running crossover jazz outfit has been a Grammy favorite and a top seller since the 1980s. Over the years, they have released a string of well-received albums, appeared with two songs on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and were nominated for the 2009 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Album. They headline Sunday’s performances for the Perth International Jazz Festival.