Australian jazz legend Vince Jones and Mahalia Barnes - daughter of Jimmy Barnes - will headline the inaugural Orange Winter Jazz Festival next year.
The three-day festival, scheduled for the June long weekend in 2022, had its official launch at the Orange Regional Conservatorium on Friday night.
Orange 360 General Manager Caddie Marshall said the winter event would provide "the perfect opportunity for festivalgoers to rug up, venture out and get down to live jazz."
The festival will see a mix of internationally renowned and local artists perform in a series of close to 50 concerts at venues throughout the CBD. Ticketed venues will include The Civic Theatre, church spaces and local pubs and clubs. There'll also be a free venue that will feature local amateur musicians, including school bands.
Organisers say there will be something for everyone, with a diverse line-up of vocalists and jazz musicians performing jazz, swing, gypsy, soul, blues, gospel, Latin, folk and multicultural music.
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Leading local music collective JAM Orange is collaborating with the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) to bring some of Australia's big names and emerging artists to the festival to perform alongside local talent.
Artists on the bill so far include Central West country/folk artist and ARIA Award-winning Genni Kane, Australian jazz supergroup This World, vocalist Kate Wadey, the high energy Cope St Parade, and expert raconteur's The Roweths.
The program also features a fusion of jazz and improvised forms with music from Spain and the Middle East, including Armenian/Australian pianist Zela Margossian, acclaimed virtuoso Hamed Sadeghi, one of the only exponents of the Persian tar in Australia, the Eishan Ensemble, and festival favourite Bandaluzia.
More artists will be announced in the lead up to the June weekend.
President of JAM Orange Paul Kelly said he was excited to be putting live music back into the spotlight.
"With the past two years playing havoc with live music and touring, audiences are hungry for music experiences and keen to connect again over great live events."
Ticket are on sale now at www.owjf.com.au
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