Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

Music, Jazz
US jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin holding a saxophone, standing in front of a gratified wall.
Photograph: Elizabeth Leitzell

Time Out says

Be sonically-hypnotised at this 15-day music festival featuring 100 leading female jazz artists

If you’re partial to an evening of smooth jazz or wild scat cat abandon, then this huge jazz festival will be right up your alley. It exclusively stars jazz musicians who identify as female and will be taking place in bars and clubs across Sydney for its ninth year, this November.

The Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival program will unite the world of jazz, with artists from Australia, Brazil, Armenia, the US and Canada. Exciting acts on the line-up include bold New York saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, who’s performed beside huge acts such as Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray and Alicia Keys. She’s collaborating with ten-piece women’s jazz ensemble Pharos for the festival (Nov 13).

Singer-songwriter Anna Setton will be modernising Brazil’s romantic jazz sounds with a nylon string guitar and breezy vocals (Nov 3), while Canadian sax composer Chelsea McBride performers her bustling, bombastic creations alongside the Divergence Jazz Orchestra (Nov 12). Experience the intersection of jazz with Armenia folk music when classically trained jazz pianist Zela Margossian performs on November 15, and explore all the free, family-friendly festival events happening at the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre in Zetland – featuring ARIA-Award winner Justine Clarke – on November 16.

You can find all these jazz masters and more at Bondi Pavilion, Pier One, Foundry 616, Venue 505, the Newsagency and Studios 301 from November 2-17.


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