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2013 sydney international women's jazz festival


This year, the festival will take place across five venues starting in Sydney’s inner city with key performances at the Seymour Centre’s Sound Lounge as well as Sydney’s hottest new jazz club, Foundry616 in Ultimo.  Across the bridge, music-lovers on Sydney’s North Shore can enjoy the festival at VJ’s in Chatswood.

Audiences outside the city centre can experience festival artists at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre or relish a concert accompanied by a sumptuous four-course lunch overlooking the spectacular Blue Mountains from art-deco restaurant nineteen23 in Wentworth Falls.

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(8:30pm) WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6 @ FOUNDRY616
(8:30pm) SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9 @ FOUNDRY616

(7pm) SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10 @ VJs
ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO (JAPAN/USA)
VENUE: FOUNDRY616
Opening the program, New-York based Japanese pianist Eri Yamamoto is making her first appearance in Australia. Represented on the prestigious AUM label, Eri’s beautiful and engaging post-bop style seen her perform with avant-garde luminaries such as William Parker, Hamid Drake and Whit Dickey.
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(8:30pm) THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
FRøY AAGRE ELECTRIC (NORWAY)
VENUE: FOUNDRY616
Direct from the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, critically acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist Frøy Aagre has gained an international reputation for her prolific compositions, individual style and lyrical Nordic sound. Performing with award-winning Brisbane-based Trichotomy, Frøy presents her new project that fuses electronic sound into melodic groove based jazz.
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(8:30pm) FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
U.NLOCK, SHANNON BARNETT & GIAN SLATER (MELB/USA)
VENUE: THE SOUND LOUNGE
Back in Australia for a string of performances, Bell Award-Winning trombonist Shannon Barnett presents a new project U.NLOCK with Australian Council fellow and vocal pioneer Gian Slater.  Lauded for her performance with Andrea Keller at last year’s festival, Gian’s relentless creative energy takes a different direction when she performs with New-York based Barnett and Co.
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(8:30pm) FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
(8:30pm) FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER
TINA HARROD BAND
VENUE: FOUNDRY616

Sydney’s own Tina Harrod sings about love, loss and pain like no other.  For the festival, Tina will perform music from her new album The Revolution is Eternal across two consecutive Fridays, giving audiences the opportunity to catch her heart-felt vocals in this latest offering, dubbed as gut-bucket soul.
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(5:00pm) SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER
JUDY BAILEY IN CONVERSATION AND CONCERT
VENUE:THE SOUND LOUNGE
One of the most respected pianist/composers in Australian, Judy Bailey OAM has had a long career reaching back to the heady days of Sydney’s legendary El Rocco Jazz Cellar. Join Judy in a 60 minute discussion about life as a musician and trail-blazer, before a trio performance which gives listeners an insight to her wealth of musical ideas, sense of dynamics and striking sound.
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(8:30PM) WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER
NAT BARTSCH TRIO (MELB)
VENUE: FOUNDRY616
Nat Bartsch is a Melbourne-based contemporary jazz pianist and composer who is fast gaining a reputation amongst jazz aficionados for creating beautiful original music with an distinctive touch and tone that draws on the European jazz tradition, indie rock pop and classical music.
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(8:30PM) THURSDAY14 NOVEMBER
CLAIRE DALY QUINTET (USA)
VENUE: FOUNDRY616
Six time winner of the Downbeat Critic's Poll and winner of the Jazz Journalist Association Baritone Sax of the Year category, New York baritone saxophonist Claire Daly will perform the music of jazz giant Thelonious Monk with her New York/Sydney Quintet.
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(8:30pm) FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER @ THE SOUND LOUNGE
(Noon) SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER @ SILVERMERE
(5pm) SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

THE ITALIAN PROJECT
After a string of sell-out performances, Virna Sanzone presents The Italian Project in collaboration with four-time Aria award-winner Paul Grabowsky. Exploring music from her rich Sicilian heritage, audiences are treated to jazz arrangements of folk, Fellini and popular Italian music of the twentieth century. 
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(8:30pm) SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER
BLOODLINES (JADE McRAE AND JOY YATES)
VENUE: THE SOUND LOUNGE
Multi-award winning Australian R&B singer Jade McRae reveals her impressive jazz pedigree when she teams up with parents Dave McRae and Joy Yates, in a unique family collaboration. For their peformance they will showcase the music of Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan and Billy Holiday.
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(4:30pm) SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER
JO FABRO QUINTET
THE SEYMOUR CENTER COURTYARD - FREE EVENT!
Kick back after a long day or slide into Saturday night wy and dog friendly event.The powerful and dynamic Jo Fabro's magnetic vocals see her step firmly into the spotlight in her latest incarnation JFQ which features an impressive line-up of musicians and collection of suave new jazz tunes…perfect fare for a lazy beverage at sundown. Delicious BBQ available, why not stick around for Jade McRae and Joy Yates?
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(8:30pm) SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER
THE SIRENS WITH CLAIRE DALY (USA)
VENUE: FOUNDRY616
While is Sydney, Claire will also share her knowledge from time spent as a member of iconic New York big band Diva Jazz Orchestra when she performs as a guest soloist for 17 piece all-female Sirens Big Band who's music features a mix of fresh Australian sensibility with South Indian music,  Malian grooves, Balkan melodies and Ethiopian folk music,
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