Lismore gets all jazzed up again
By AMANDA SPROULE firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER hosting a highly successful Jazz Convention in 2005, the Lismore Jazz Club and Lismore City Council are getting ready to do it all again later this year.
Lismore has just been officially awarded the opportunity to hold the 63rd annual Australian Jazz Convention, and Michael Bird of the Lismore Jazz Club couldn't be happier.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," Mr Bird said. Organisers are expecting a repeat of 2005, with over 220 jazz musicians flocking to the town to form over 100 bands and musical combinations.
The festival starts on Boxing Day, and will finish on a high note with a New Year's Eve party.
Venues have not yet been decided, but Mr Bird said there would be four or five main venues centred around City Hall, the Lismore Workers Club, the Lismore City Bowling Club and a couple of pubs.
And, of course, there are the highlights of a massive parade down Molesworth Street, a jazz picnic and a public concert.
While ticket prices haven't been set yet, revellers will be able to purchase daily or weekly passes, allowing them to visit any venue for the duration of their ticket.
The Australian Jazz Convention is the longest-running jazz convention in the world and, according to Mr Bird, it is usually held in regional centres along the East Coast.
There will be some mainstream jazz, but the main appeal of the festival is members of jazz clubs across Australia showing off their stuff, and just having a good old jam together.
"There will be main venues, %and people can just wander around watching everyone play," Mr Bird said.