Festival’s high note

Busselton Dunsborough Times
New Orleans trumpeter Ashlin Parker made plenty of new fans at the festival.
Camera IconNew Orleans trumpeter Ashlin Parker made plenty of new fans at the festival. Credit: Tim Campbell.

The seventh annual Jazz by the Bay was a roaring success, with jazz-lovers and the “jazz-curious” out in force.

Marie Wilkinson and Beatrice Grognuz at Caves House Hotel.
Camera IconMarie Wilkinson and Beatrice Grognuz at Caves House Hotel.
Geoff and Sue Boulton wore their love of the festival with pride.
Camera IconGeoff and Sue Boulton wore their love of the festival with pride.

More than 40 events were held across 15 venues throughout the Capes

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Dunsborough's Lions Park was a hive of activity all weekend with crowds flocking to catch free performances from acclaimed artists.
Camera IconDunsborough's Lions Park was a hive of activity all weekend with crowds flocking to catch free performances from acclaimed artists.

Jazz by the Bay festival director Cindy Wiese described 2019’s as “the most diverse festival yet” due to the variance of styles presented.

Jazz songstress Jessie Gordon was mesmerising.
Camera IconJazz songstress Jessie Gordon was mesmerising. Credit: Tim Campbell.
New York-based artist Nerissa Campbell lit up the stage.
Camera IconNew York-based artist Nerissa Campbell lit up the stage.

Caves Road Collective was the place to be on Saturday night for Rockin’ Down Caves Road with Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys.

The group’s music commanded patrons onto the dance floor.

Perth swing star Hall was joined by New Orleans trumpeter Ashlin Parker, for the performance.

Jacqui and Myles Happ at Rockin' Down Caves Road.
Camera IconJacqui and Myles Happ at Rockin' Down Caves Road.

The pair and the rest of the Velvet Playboys couldn’t contain themselves to the stage, taking their instruments with them as they moved around the venue and played among the audience.

Other festival highlights included free performances at the festival hub at Dunsborough’s Lions Park, Busselton’s Holli Scott returning to the region to wow crowds, and a Amy Winehouse tribute act bringing jazz, soul and funk to pub audiences at Settlers Tavern.

Jazz by the Bay was a recent winner in Tourism WA’s latest round of Regional Events Scheme funding.

Jay Lassey and Toni Schoen got the dancefloor started at the Thomas HS Trio's performance at Caves House Hotel.
Camera IconJay Lassey and Toni Schoen got the dancefloor started at the Thomas HS Trio's performance at Caves House Hotel.

Based on the popularity of the 2019 festival, it looks likely when Jazz by the Bay returns for its eighth year in 2020, it will be bigger and better than ever.

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