Jazz set to take over the city

Musicians Tim Billiards, Stephen Smith and Allyn Smith were in action at the Farmers’ Markets on Saturday to promote next week's Dubbo Jazz Festival.                                                                               Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Musicians Tim Billiards, Stephen Smith and Allyn Smith were in action at the Farmers’ Markets on Saturday to promote next week's Dubbo Jazz Festival. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ORGANISERS are thrilled with the quality of performers who have come on board for the 24th annual Dubbo Jazz Festival, which gets underway next Friday.

The three-day festival will take place at Club Dubbo and the Dubbo Golf Club while a number of other venues around the city will also host performances.

Dubbo Jazz Festival president Susie Gratton is delighted to see some of the biggest names in jazz in NSW and the ACT agreeing to take part.

“We are quite pleased with how it has come together because we started preparing later this year. We have fabulous musicians from Canberra and Sydney wanting to be part of it,” Ms Gratton said.

“We have Jeff Duff and his trio. They are very well known in jazz circles and others like Traxion, the Wayne Kelly Trio and The Fedoras.

“As an added bonus, we also have past president Ross Tighe and his brother Terry and their band the Footwarmers, which is very exciting.”

Ms Gratton said the support from the community and sponsors had also been good.

“We have just found out REX are going to fly Jeff Duff and his band in so they can perform on the closing night of the festival. We are running courtesy buses and local businesses have come on board to make that possible,” she said.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to use Dubbo RSL as a venue but we are very pleased that Club Dubbo and the Dubbo Golf Club have come on board.”

While the focus is on a successful running of this year’s festival, organisers are also thinking about ways to commemorate the event’s quarter-century milestone.