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Jazz at the Headlands

What:     Jazz at the Headlands: a festival that swings by the sea

Where:   The Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club on the Strand

When:     Sunday 13 August  2017

Time:     11:30 am - 5:30 pm. Gate opens 11 am

Who:     In Association with the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf

              Lifesaving Club and the Townsville Jazz Club.

                                                     Jazz at the Headlands 2017 Line-up and Schedule:

11:30 – 12:20 - The Borg Collective

This Jazz Fusion group was formed last year and got rave reviews at the Headlands Festival.  Setting them apart from conventional groups is their innovative technology, such as MIDI guitar and Pitch Rider to manipulate and enhance instrumentation. The Borg Collective has the unusual configuration of two guitars; Simon Self and Jarah Jones (guitar), Gavin Forno (bass), Ian Brunskill (percussion) and David Salisbury (saxophone/flute).

12:30 - 1:10 - Sugar – Swinging Standards

Performing around town for many years Bob Passmore has been called the God Father of Jazz in Townsville.  The group features Bob (bass), John Garland (keyboards), Reg Braun  (drums), Steve Gilbert (saxophones) and Hayden Dare (trombone), with more friends showing up to share the stage.

1:20 – 2:00 - The Jeremy Hawker Group

Musical connoisseurs of Australian Traditional Jazz will enjoy the re-harmonisations of the Australian songbook, jazz interpretations of iconic tunes by Slim Dusty and Powderfinger. The group features Larry Thomson (keyboard), Gavin Forno (bass), Grant Miles (drums), Jeremy Hawker (guitar) and Sarah Lane (vocals).

2:10 – 2:50 - Pacific Mainstream Jazz Band better known as PMJB

 Queensland's longest running jazz band, 43 years, playing in Traditional and Swing Jazz. The group showcases Les Nicholson (trumpet), Nev Minon (trombone), Bob Passmore (soprano/tenor saxes), Scott Jorgensen (bass), John Ruffle (piano), Oscar Smith (guitar/banjo) and Richard Juszczyk  (drums).

3:00 – 3:40 - Freaky Bizness

Freaky Bizness is a nine piece collective featuring sexy horns, relentless guitar, pulsating rhythms, harmonic vocals and soaring melodies. The Townsville band has developed a solid core of original tunes influenced by reggae, afrobeats, soul and jazz. The group features Nick Emtage (guitar and trumpet), Nick Matthews (saxophone), Richard Brinkman (trombone), Eamon Holligan (bass), Lutalo Kiyingi (keyboard) and David Pincott (drums).

3:50 – 4:30 - Larry Thomson and Friends

Undoubtedly one of the finest jazz keyboard players in Australia, Larry Thomson has invited several of his talented friends to join in the gig.

4:45- 5:30 - Stokes Nicholson Big Band, with Vicki Salisbury on vocals

The Stokes Nicholson Big Band (SNBB) was formed in 1991 through collaboration between the late Roy Stokes and Les Nicholson. A number of the original student members are still in the band and have now joined the ranks of the experienced musicians, and new students are still progressing from school bands to the Stokes Nicholson Big Band. SNBB in its 27th year and is under the musical direction of Dr David Salisbury.


All afternoon- Jazz Troppo Dixie Band

Far North Queensland we are thrilled to welcome our friends from Cairns’ Tropical Jazz Club. This group of well-seasoned players will keep us swinging during band changeovers. Neville Hermes, CTJC President leads the 4-piece Dixie Band featuring FNQ musicians on banjo, trombone, trumpet and clarinet.       

Building on the success of a sell out festival last year, Jazz at the Headlands returns to the Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. Jazz has been a part of Townsville since 1945, when Townsville was a garrison city with many American servicemen stationed here.  The great Woody Herman Band played a concert to American troops and the locals in the rotunda on the strand.  Local legends such as Charlie Lees, Roy Stokes (co-founder of the Stokes-Nicholson Big Band) carried on the jazz tradition which flourished until the early 1960s when rock and roll dominated.

The Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and Townsville Jazz Club will once again present an afternoon of great music showcasing some of the great jazz musicians in North Queensland. The line up includes the Stokes Nicholson Big Band, Freaky Bizness and full day of jazz combos ranging from TRAD and Dixieland to Swing and Modern.

Event organizer Vicki Salisbury will be closing the event as lead singer in the Big Band, “ We moved the Jazz festival from Palmer Street and reinvigorated it with our partnership with the The Surf Club. Last year the festival was a big success and we were packed to capacity. Book your ticket early to enjoy great NQ jazz in a spectacular setting, overlooking the best views in North Queensland, the on the iconic Strand at Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. Jazz at the Headlands has become an annual family friendly event for listeners to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon, swinging to the sounds of some of best musicians in North Queensland.”

The afternoon includes plenty of food options available to purchase with an assortment of culinary delights paired with delectable beverages from around the globe.

Jazz at the Headlands is a family friendly event for listeners to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon, swinging to the sounds of some of best jazz in North Queensland, overlooking the best views in North Queensland, the Headlands of the iconic Strand at Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.

Bring a rug, a chair to enjoy the views of the Strand and Magnetic Island in comfort.

Times: Gates Open: 11:00 noon – Music: 11:30pm – 5:30pm

Pricing: Tickets $10 Kids Under 16 y.o FOC

This is what you missed in 2017  See you next year