Clarence Jazz Festival 2023: Big Day at Kangaroo Bay

Kangaroo Bay Parklands

11.30am - 9.30pm, 04 February 2023

Tickets $20 full/Under 15 free

Bring along the whole family for the biggest day of the festival – featuring 10 hours of live music across two stages, and so much more.

Join us in the stunning Kangaroo Bay Parklands for a dazzling and diverse line-up of local and interstate jazz, finely curated local food and beverages.

For the kids we’ve got a jam-packed day of family fun including the Big Parade, circus workshops, face-painting, stilt walkers and more!  


Big Parade @ Kangaroo Bay  

Dancers, a brass band and the Clarence GLAM’d project will be parading through Kangaroo Bay at 3.55pm in the grand old tradition of New Orleans! If you’d like to join the parade please bring along your instrument for a 3pm muster and rehearsal. For more information email events@ccc.tas.gov.au 

Kunanyi stage  


2023 Scholars Supergroup + Katy Raucher and Sandy Evans 

Our jazz scholars meet world class musicians Katy Raucher, Sandy Evans and the CJF House Band for a thrilling showcase. 


Scotty and the Jazz Ninjas

Past jazz scholars, UTAS con students and super-hot emerging musos put their own twist on a range of standards. 


Mambo Afro Trio East Africa Project 

Exploring the Chichewa traditions of Malawi to Kwela, Maybe, South African Blues and jazz. Vocalist and percussionist Mwase Makalani leads the Mambo Afro Trio in a new collaboration with members of Madi Adungu. 


Kaye Payne and the Presidential Suite 

This quartet of sophisticated, talented local musos bring you the ultimate in classic mainstream jazz. 


ade ishs Travemble 

Original, evocative, eclectic compositions performed by some of Northern lutruwita/ Tasmania’s finest. 


Vital Transformation: A Mahavishnu Tribute 

Powerhouse drummer Konrad Park fronts a quintet of jazz heavies paying tribute to the iconic rock, Indian classical and jazz fusion group the Mahavishnu Orchestra. 6.25pm 

The Nugent Octet 

This exciting ensemble rips and snorts their way through standards and originals inspired by the spirit and energy of Charles Mingus. 


Grace Barbé Afrokreol 

Round out a massive day with some truly world class Afrobeat goodness with national star and festival special guests Grace Barbé, Hardy Perrine and Jamie Searle. 


Nadira and Friends Big Band 

Foxy, fabulous, festival favourite Nadira brings 12 of her best jazz siblings to the stage to get you up and jumping. 

Playground Stage  


Riley Thurstans Quintet 

The debut performance of this exciting new formation from some of nipaluna/ Hobart’s finest emerging jazz talents. 


Janelle Stowe and Band present: An Eva Cassidy Tribute 

Soulful blues drenched gospel jazz inspired by the great Eva Cassidy from seasoned singer and multi-instrumentalist Janelle Stowe. 


Gianni Puli Hammond Project

A brand new collaborative project featuring Randall Muir on Hammond organ and led by rising local jazz star Gianni Puli on the guitar.  


Asian Jazz Allstars 

Some of the best lutruwita/ Tasmanian jazz musicians of Asian heritage performing a mix of Western, Indonesian, and Filipino jazz standards. 


Damien Kingston Quartet  

A masterclass in modern jazz performance from some of the island’s most seasoned pros. 



With a rich and textured sound, D7’s mission is to reimagine beautiful and obscure tunes from folk and jazz traditions from around the globe. 


Tim Jones Trio 

TSO musician Tim Jones (Tuba, valve trombone, voice) is joined by Jamie Pregnall (guitar) and Hamish Houston (bass) to play a wide variety of tunes and styles from 1920 to 1979. 

Grace Barbé (feature)  

ARIA nominated bassist, guitarist, and singer Grace Barbé hails from the sunburnt Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, where a colourful history of slavery, pirates, coups d’etat and coconuts have produced a unique Kreol rhythm, language, and culture. Drawing from this diverse cultural melange of the islands, Grace’s music fuses the tropical rhythms and dances of the slaves with psychedelic rock, afrobeat, reggae and pop. Grace is joined by drummer/ percussionist Hardy Perrine  and guitarist Jamie Searle. 

We are delighted to welcome Grace’s trio AfroKreol to Clarence for the 2023 festival!  


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