Festival board member Ian Martinus secured government and private funding for the event.
He worked with artistic director Graham Wood over the past year to gather interest and funding from the cities of Perth and Vincent, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority as well as others.
Dr Martinus, a former drummer for Daren Reid and the Soul City Groove, worked with many of the local artists performing at the festival and gave the Grammy-nominated saxophonist Troy Roberts his first gig at the age of 14. Roberts will be returning from New York to perform with his band Nu-Jive and Void.
Dr Martinus secured ECU as the festival’s education partner. ‘The quality of the courses and the graduates from WAAPA prove that world class entertainers and performers from Perth can easily step on stage with the world’s best,’ he said. ‘It is great to see ECU is fully supportive of the endeavours of its graduates and alumni.’
Feature ticketed events include Katie Noonan, Vince Jones and Joe Lovano at the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday, May 25, as well as The Gardens at Bishops See in Perth. There are also free performances at community stages.
The Times and the festival are giving away two double passes to the May 25 performance.
Write to the Times jazz festival competition, 16 Clarke Crescent, Joondalup 6027, and on the back of the envelope, provide your name, phone number and name of one of the festival artists. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more, visit perthinternationaljazzfestival.com.au.