Melbourne’s famous Shirazz Jazz Band returns for the second year to Coonawarra on Saturday 8th July when they help kick-off the month long Cellar Dwellers celebrations.
This vibrant band of talented musicians play some of the hottest trad (traditional) jazz around, and are excited to return to Coonawarra after a very well received visit last year.
Shirazz has plenty of touring experience, having performed all over the eastern states, as well as throughout Victoria. “We love being on the road, it’s great to go to new places and meet new people, and we’ve had some really great tour experiences,” says Matt Dixon, leader and trombonist/vocalist in Shirazz.
Since 2010, Shirazz has been wowing audiences with their exciting and approachable take on traditional jazz music. “Jazz fans love that we’re keeping the style alive, as many traditional musicians are nearing retirement”, says Matt, “but even non-jazz fans find the music accessible and fun … and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had people tell us that they didn’t think they liked jazz, but they loved whatever it is that we do!”
Shirazz’s lively and rambunctious show at Rymill Hall, Penola, will take in traditional New Orleans material, mixing in reimagined pop hits and their own cheeky originals to deliver their famous infectious live sound. Don’t be surprised to hear Beatles or Michael Jackson tunes alongside King Oliver or Louis Armstrong numbers, with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour and lively banter between.
Their infectious energy also means the dance floor won’t stay empty for long, so bring your dancing shoes!
New Orleans inspired food will be available to purchase, as well as a range of Coonawarra wines, and beer. Cheese platters are also available for pre-order when booking tickets. Tickets are available at a cost of $30 per person.