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This special priced festival pass gets you entry into all three performances at the Jazzed Up in Berry festival, including supper on Saturday night and a two course meal on Sunday.  Please note there are limited numbers of Festival passes available, so to avoid disappointment book now.

Matt McMahon solo piano
Saturday 9th May 2015, 3:00pm (Doors open at 2:30pm)
Berry School of Arts

"McMahon's playing is ravishing ... ". John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

Considered one of Australia’s foremost pianist/composers, Matt McMahon is the recipient of Australia’s highest honours in jazz, the National Jazz Award (1999) and Freedman Jazz Fellowship (2005). Matt has performed extensively at many of the leading festivals across Australia and Asia.

This performance showcases the music of his first solo piano album, The Voyage of Mary and William (Paths and Streams Records), which has just been released to rave reviews. This music is contemplation on his musical interests and heritage – paying particular tribute to his forbears Mary and William Navin who came to Australia from Ireland in 1847.

This performance highlights McMahon’s uninterrupted musical thoughts, from quiet to ruminative, to intense and explosive. See McMahon from a unique point of view- No rhythm section, no soloists, just Matt and the piano.

Matt McMahon (piano)

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Phillip Johnston Septet
Saturday 9th May 2015, 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
Berry School of Arts

Phillip Johnston is an American jazz musician and composer who divides his time between Sydney and New York. As a composer, he has composed theatre music for the Bell Shakespeare Company and film music for Paul Mazursky, Henry Bean and Philip Haas; his silent film scores have been performed at the New York Film Festival, across Europe, and at the Melbourne Festival and Perth Film Festival.

In March of 2015, he did a one-week residency at The Stone in New York, in which he presented 12 different ensembles over six days. In Berry, he will recreate some of this music with a group of top-shelf Australian jazz musicians. Drawing upon his work with The Microscopic Septet and Big Trouble, this seven-piece ensemble featuring four saxophones will present an evening of original swinging jazz, blues and Latin music that “infuses big-band-era dance music with beguilingly modernist sensibilities” (Jazziz).

Special supper tickets are available for the concert with local caterer Garnish supplying fresh, delicious antipasto platters.

Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Peter Farrar (alto sax) Jeremy Rose (tenor sax) James Loughnan (baritone sax) Matt McMahon (piano) Jonathan Zwartz (bass) Nic Cecire (drums)

Please note that seating is unreserved.

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Vince Jones Quartet
Sunday 10th May 2015, 1:00pm (lunch available from 12:00pm)
Coolangatta Estate Winery

“Jones is a lifetime beyond needing to prove anything. His melodic embellishments are the hallmark of a man with great ears for harmony, an instinct for musical logic and a love of those key watch-words of jazz: surprise and spontaneity.” John Shand, SMH

If there was one voice in Australian jazz more recognized than any other, it would be that of Vince Jones. Our leading vocalist, interpreter, trumpet player and composer has entertained audiences worldwide for decades with his ever-evolving elite group of musicians. He remains an icon and the benchmark of Jazz singers Australia wide.

Since his career began more than 30 years ago, Vince Jones has released 14 albums to critical acclaim. Though never a mainstream artist, he has always been popular, demonstrated through album sales figures and audience numbers. He has toured extensively in Europe and the US and continues to play regularly to loyal fans around Australia.

The exclusive concert experience is accompanied by a delicious two course meal in the gorgeous surrounds of the Coolangatta Estate Winery. Bookings are essential and special festival accommodation packages are available. Please contact Coolangatta Estate for more information.

Please note that seating is unreserved.

Lunch available from 12 to 12.45
Performance 1 – 1.45
Dessert available from 1.45 – 2.15
Performance 2.15 – 3.00

Vince Jones (voice/trumpet) Matt McMahon (piano) Ben Waples (bass) Simon Barker (drums) 

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Concession applies to Australian Social Security and Veterans Affairs Pensioners only.

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Marissa Maait
Sydney Improvised Music Association

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