Northern Beaches Mums Group
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Countdown to Manly Jazz begins

Less than a month to go until Manly comes alive with the sounds of Australia’s longest running jazz festival, Manly Jazz.

Over three music-filled days, the Manly Corso and beachfront as well as the surrounding streets and laneways will become the setting for locals and visitors to enjoy some great music from a range of legendary artists.

Mayor Sue Heins said Manly Jazz is sure to be, once again, a festival that offers something for all jazz and music lovers.

“This iconic festival with its stellar lineup of local and Australian artists, celebrates the diversity and creativity of jazz music.

“Manly Jazz is a signature event for our community and a major attraction for visitors from near and far.

“We are proud to deliver this event for our community and visitors, and look forward to seeing everyone enjoy the music and atmosphere.”

Now in its 46th year, the Festival will be held from 22–24 September, and will feature more than 50 outstanding artists across four stages.

“From smooth saxophones and sultry vocals to the roar of big bands on stage, the diversity of talent guarantees an unforgettable experience for every jazz aficionado,” Mayor Heins said.  

Featured artists include:

  • Sydney Conservatorium Big Band
  • Geoff Bull Finer Cuts with Kate Wadey
  • House of Bop
  • Big ‘Ol Bus Band
  • Cope Street Parade
  • The Spelunkers
  • Blaine Whittaker
  • Eamon Dilworth’s Crawfish Po’ Boys
  • JC Stylles & Andrew Dickesons Manhattan Project
  • Greasy Chicken Orchestra
  • Hot Potato Band
  • Tribute to Don Burrows – special guest Johnny Nicol
  • Clayton Doley Bayou Billabong
  • John Morrison All Stars Featuring John Hoffman
  • Queen Porter Stomp
  • Andy Firth Quartet
  • Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
  • Dave MacRae and Joy Yates Quintet
  • Andy Gander 4tet
  • School and community bands … and so much more!

There will be stages at Manly Beachfront, Sydney Road, Manly Town Hall forecourt, St Matthews Church, plus roving performers along The Corso, laneways and Manly Wharf.  

Visitors are also encouraged to drop into local pubs and venues for even more live jazz music.

There will be eight Manly Jazz official venues and each venue will have its own unique jazz atmosphere and theme.

Manly Jazz is non-ticketed and free to attend. 

The full stage program is available on our website with additional acts to be announced over the coming weeks. Save the date and keep up with all the latest Manly Jazz announcements on our website and on social media @manlyjazz

Media release provided by Northern Beaches Council, 22nd August 2023