Festival hits the right note

Jay Furnish and Richard Gorter performing as Tuskys.
Jay Furnish and Richard Gorter performing as Tuskys. Mike Knott

THE sounds of jazz and blues wafted up the Burnett River as North Bundaberg's Waterview Estate came alive for the Bundaberg Festival of Jazz.

A crowd of more than 200 people turned out to attend the event held on the banks of the Burnett River yesterday afternoon.

Bands including the Bargara Jazz Ensemble, Tuskys, Evelyn Bury and Clem Soper and the Flukes treated their audience to a memorable afternoon of jazz and blues.

Organiser Pat Walker said festival-goers were able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with perfect weather conditions and quality music.

"To relax on the lawns of Waterview is a pleasure unto itself," she said.

"Add to that glorious weather, a lovely crowd of people and some truly excellent music and you have the recipe for a very pleasant afternoon."

Ms Walker said the event was an important fundraiser for the Moore Park Beach Festival of Arts, now in its 13th year.

"We'd like to thank everybody for coming out to support the Festival of Jazz and the Moore Park Beach Festival," she said.

Ms Walker said jazz musicians Bury and Soper had been a crowd highlight.

"I think that was a favourite for the crowd," she said.

"They stood out with some beautiful jazz renditions."

Bundaberg woman Anne Hansen, who went along to check out the festival, said the event had provided the crowds with the chance to catch some of the region's most talented musicians.

"The bands here have been absolutely brilliant," she said.

"I don't think I could really flaw the afternoon - it's all been tops."

Jazz fan Dorothy Devantier said she looked forward to the event each year.

"It's a beautiful atmosphere here, looking out over the river," she said.

The next Festival of Jazz event will be held in November.

Topics:  bundaberg festival of jazz, entertainment, music, waterview estate



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