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23Aug7:30 pmNatalie de Jager Trio

24Aug7:30 pmMike Anderson Quartet

25Aug7:30 pmJoshua Hatcher Quintet

26Aug7:30 pmKimba Griffith Quintet

27Aug2:00 pm- 4:30 pmSwinging Sundays with the Ingrid James Quartet and Martha Baartz

27Aug7:30 pmLiam & CO

28Aug7:30 pmKINDRED (Katie Noonan & Zac Hurren) Presents: Stephen Magnusson Trio

29Aug7:30 pmThe Enterprise (Quartet)

30Aug7:30 pmDave Spicer Trio with Special International Guests

31Aug7:30 pm- 4:00 pmFeaturedMichael Griffin Quintet

What Makes Jazz So Cool?

In a word – improvisation.

Setting up the theme of a jazz performance is like setting up a musical base camp. Once this is established at the beginning of the piece, each musician is free to wander off to explore – but always, eventually, returning to base. Variations on the theme. The heart of jazz.

It’s the goal of each musician in a jazz band to take you with them on their improvised journey; to show you how they do it. And then, of course, to bring you back from the wilds of their imagination to the others at base camp; back to the theme – a little wiser and a little more fulfilled each time.

To experience jazz live is to experience the music being created before your very eyes and ears. Miles Davis called it “the birth of the cool”. And he was right…