Noosa Jazz Picnic: those Queenslanders certainly know how to have a good time!

Noosa Jazz Picnic 2011 (from the Noosa Heads Jazz Club newsletter, June 2012)

RICHARD Stevens, President of the Noosa Jazz Club and my correspondent from up north, sends news of his club’s annual Jazz Picnic at the Tewantin Tree Farm on Sunday 14 October 2012.

Tewantin is a village on the Noosa River which has loads of history, natural beauty, things to do messing about in boats, produce and craft markets, and beautiful trees as you can see in the above photo.

Tewantin marina

For some reason many people, including many fine musicians, flock to this part of our great continent for short breaks from the wintry blasts further south, or for permanent wallowing in the lovely, laid back lifestyle for which the Sunshine Coast is famous.

The Noosa Jazz Festival and the Noosa Jazz Party (continuous trad jazz over four days, run by the Jazz Club) are over, but this doesn’t mean that the music is over. The Jazz Club has a very busy program all year round – one of the special events being this PICNIC.

Here’s what Richard says about the picnic:

The footy is over, Bathhurst soon gone,
The weather terrific, the picnic is on!

It’s a Noosa Institution! Once again the Noosa Jazz Club is proud and excited about our annual Jazz Picnic.

There’ll be two bands: We have a superb line-up again this year featuring afternoon of fun and hot jazz……Jo Bloomfield, Mike Hawthorn, Derek Capewell, and Michael Longhurst.

(Here are some of these musicians who will be playing at the picnic in a different grouping.)

And then the Jazz Factory stalwarts: Ian Denovan (trumpet, cornet, vocals), Paul Williams (trombone, clarinet, tenor sax), Greg Garret(drums), John Withers (banjo), and Richard Stevens (sousaphone). And you never know who will turn up to sit in with the bands… so look out for jam sessions and other diversions along with a day of hot jazz.

(Here the Jazz Factory fellows run wild on one of their regular Tuesday afternoon trips around the Noosa Canals:)

All Welcome, Make sure you invite your friends!
Music from 12 30pm to 4.30pm
You will need your food, a hat, chair, your favorite wine glass and a big smile! Budget bar. No BYO Alcohol.
Jazz Club Members Free! Bring your membership card. Guest tickets $15 available at SHOEX Noosa Junction or ring Patsy (07) 5447 2229

Sunday October 14th Tewantin Tree Farm, Jirrima Crescent Tewantin. For directions check the map.

Here’s a video from an earlier picnic:

And just for fun, and for old times sake, here Derek Capewell plays bass with a band called The Sound of Brass on the ABC program “Dig We Must” in December 1966.

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