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Perth International Jazz Festival on the rise

People matching with instruments in the greenery of Hyde Park
Jazz Parade at PIJF 2020. Photo by Angelyne Wolfe

The new look Perth International Jazz Festival is throwing a 2021 program launch party on September 23 at The Rechabite to reveal the jazz performers, venues, and special events happening at its annual festival being held from November 5-7 in Perth and Busselton on November 13.

It comes off the back of a federal RISE grant for $612k to guarantee delivery of the 2021 and 2022 Perth International Jazz Festivals (PIJF) and an exciting expansion into regional WA. “The RISE fund will finally, after almost 10 years, enable us to employ staff to take on much of the heavy lifting throughout the year, while also expanding the Perth focused festival and to take the Festival ‘On Tour’ into WA’s regional south and north,” says Festival Director Dr Mace Francis.

“This is an absolute game changer for PIJF and one that we are very thankful for.”

New job positions at the Festival will be advertised soon, and interested arts professionals should follow PIJF’s LinkedIn for updates.

The Australian Government Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) grant complements the generous support also being received from long-term PIJF project partners Lotterywest, City of Perth, City of Vincent and ECU/WAAPA.

The 2021 Perth and Busselton programs will be unveiled at the launch party along with live performances, door prizes, and a photo exhibition of past festival highlights. Audiences will be able to book exclusive pre-sale tickets to PIJF, bid for some amazing partner packages in a live auction hosted by jazz/swing singer Tim Parish, and also get first look at the Festival’s new branding and web site.

Live performances will include Bad Whip – the improvisational dance music duo of drummer Alex Reid and keyboardist Josiah Padmanabhan from prominent Perth outfit, Grievous Bodily Calm; as well as one of WA’s premier jazz vocalists Penny King collaborating with acclaimed pianist Tom O’Halloran.

The renowned Nick Abbey Trio featuring bassist Nick Abbey and pianist Chris Foster will be joined by inimitable drummer Peter Evans who’s recently returned to Perth from New York. They’ll present a modern take on the classic piano trio with striking acoustic jazz compositions including selections from Phantoms (Nick Abbey, 2019), In Motion (Chris Foster Trio, coming 2022), and some brand-new tunes.

Recently nominated for ‘The Freedman Jazz Fellowship’ (2021), trumpet player Jessica Carlton will be joined by drummer Talya Valenti and bassist Kate Pass for the Carlton/Pass/Valenti Trio. Fresh from the studio after recording an album together (along with Alana Macpherson), they’ll be performing original music and their own take on existing jazz compositions.

There’s two ways to get tickets to the 2021 program launch party on September 23 at The Rechabite – either by becoming a Jazz Messenger (a new membership program for lovers of jazz) which includes a free ticket along with many other exclusive benefits including a 20% discount on PIJF ticketed performances, OR, by purchasing general admission tickets direct.

“Join us at the launch to be a part of the Jazz Festival family,” says Mace Francis. “Become a Jazz Messenger and help spread the word. This launch will encompass all that Perth International Jazz Festival represents: great music, great venues and great people. The only thing to fear… is missing out!” PERTH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021: PROGRAM LAUNCH When: Thursday 23 September, 6:30pm Where: The Rechabite Hall, Northbridge What: Live performances from Bad Whip, Carlton/Pass/Valenti Trio, Nick Abbey Trio, Penny King & Tom O’Halloran ▫ 2021 PIJF program reveal & pre-sale tickets ▫ photo exhibition ▫ win door prizes ▫ live auction hosted by Tim Parish

Cost: Free for Jazz Messengers or $35 for non-members BUY TICKETS


Are you a lover of jazz? Have you come to our festivals before and want to experience more? By becoming a ‘Jazz Messenger’ you reap the rewards AND get that fuzzy feeling of helping a worthy not-for-profit festival. Jazz Messenger Benefits:

  • One free ticket to the Festival Launch on Sep 23 (valued at $35)

  • 20% off ticketed performances at Perth International Jazz Festival 2021*

  • Access to an exclusive 'Jazz Messengers' event over the PIJF weekend

  • Festival Partner discounts including restaurants and other offerings

  • Jazz Messenger Newsletter subscription

PIJF 2021 program launch graphic


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