Bangalow gets in rhythm with jazz
By Luke Prendergast
NOT that it ever really lost it, but Bangalow got its groove back on Saturday with the annual Jazz & Rhythm Fiesta at the A&I Hall.
Hundreds of cool cats and crazy kittens cruised along to tap their toes to the sounds of jazz exponents like the John Hoffman Quartet, Leigh Carriage, Bob Sedergreen and Ted Vining, Brisbane's James Sherlock, Kristin Berardi from Sydney, and Greg Sheehan.
A cafe serving food and drinks gave audiences absolutely no reason to miss a beat.
With 14 performances on two stages between 11am and midnight, as well as vocal and rhythm workshops, Miles Davis himself would have been right at home.
Also at home and enjoying the opportunity to kick things off was the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre Big Band, which was born from the Southern Cross University big band.
The 18-piece collective, complete with three singers, opened proceedings with a performance in front of around 200 people in the A&I Hall.
Director and saxophonist Ken Stubbs said it was a thrill for the band, made up entirely of local performers.
"It's just a really good opportunity to get out and do something locally. It was great, people really enjoyed it," he said.
"There's some really good energy on stage and my job is to keep it ticking along and it went really smoothly."
Of course it did. It's jazz. Smooth, man, smooth.