Jazz lovers are set to experience a breathtaking line up of acclaimed international and Australian artists from countries across the globe including France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Brazil, USA, South Africa and Australia at Melbourne Jazz 2008, with the headline artists being announced last Friday by Albert Dadon, Artistic Director of Melbourne Jazz.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Melbourne Jazz 2008 presents an action-packed six day program from 29 April – 4 May 2008, featuring legendary jazz performers playing in some of Melbourne’s finest venues.

Albert Dadon announced that festival concerts at Hamer Hall, The Regent Theatre and The Palms at Crown would feature:

Cindy Blackman Quartet (USA)
Yamandú Costa Trio (Brazil)
Kurt Elling (USA)
Roberta Gambarini Quartet (Italy)
Tord Gustavsen Trio (Norway)
Roy Hargrove Quintet (USA)
Charlie Hunter Trio (USA)
Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim (South Africa)
Yvette Johansson and the Moovin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra (Australia)
Dr. Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir (USA)
Les Enfants de Django (France)
Lost and Found: Jamie Oehlers, Paul Grabowsky and Dave Beck (Australia)
James Morrison and Deni Hines (Australia)
Michelle Nicolle Octet (Australia)
Dorado Schmitt (France)
Tomasz Stanko Quartet (Poland)
Nancy Wilson and her Trio (USA)
Lisa Young Quartet (Australia)

Melbourne Jazz is also thrilled to announce a new reciprocal cultural exchange program with Jazz à Juan, Europe’s longest running and most established annual jazz festival in Antibes, France. Festival Director Albert Dadon said “2008 is the 10th anniversary of Melbourne Jazz and the 50th anniversary of Jazz à Juan. To celebrate our mutual anniversaries we are bringing together our festivals and exchanging some of the best bands each country has to offer.”

Harry Lapp, Artistic Director of Jazz à Juan will organise 4 concerts during Melbourne Jazz 2008 performed by some of France’s best jazz musicians, and Melbourne Jazz shall reciprocate by sending some of Australia’s best musicians to perform in 4 concerts at Jazz à Juan in July 2008.

Continues Albert Dadon “2008 is a dream program, offering extraordinary double bills at the Regent Theatre, Hamer Hall and the Palms at Crown featuring international artists that, for the most part, can only be seen in Australia at Melbourne Jazz 2008. This is a feast that not many festivals around the world can afford and we are incredibly lucky in Victoria to have a Government and sponsors that are supportive and pro-Arts. This is to the benefit of all Australians. Melbourne is never the same when Jazz is on! During the Festival we will experience a lot of emotions, we will hear a lot of talent and the experiences combined will be unforgettable.”

Melbourne Jazz 2007 proved itself as the most significant international event on the Australian jazz calendar, attracting the largest audiences to high profile and international acts and the largest number of free public concerts. Organisers are again expecting capacity crowds for the 2008 Festival.

The balance of the program including free and outdoor concerts at Federation Square, BMW Edge, Bennett’s Lane concerts plus jam sessions, Lunch Jazz, Dinner Jazz and Masterclasses will be announced in February 2008.

Tickets for the programs announced today are now on sale as follows:
Ticketmaster: 1300 136 166 for concerts at Hamer Hall
Ticketek: 1300 795 012 for concerts at The Regent Theatre and The Palms at Crown
Book Online: www.melbournejazz.com

For more information visit www.melbournejazz.com

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