Jazz in the Park

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Saturday 26 November, 10am - 8pm
Sunday 27 November, 10am - 7pm

Balmain will come alive with the sound of Jazz! Music in the streets, bars, pubs and cafes throughout the weekend, culminating in the annual Jazz in The Park Festival on Sunday 27 November at Gladstone Park.

Australian Jazz musicians Steve Clisby, Emma Pask, Dale Barlow and theSirens Big Band have Sunday 27 November marked in their calendars forthe return of ‘Jazz in the Park’ at Gladstone Park. 

This year’s event is set to give the Inner West community a taste of what Australia’s very own jazz scene has to offer.




Saturday 26 November

 Balmain Jazz Saturday Program

Godfrey Uke @ The London
Mary Heart @ Kafeine
Ellen Kirkwood & Jessica Dunn @ Our Place/Claire's Gallery

George Washing Machine & Feel The Manouche @The Town Hall

Ben Panucci Duo @ The Cottage
Queen Porter Stomp @ Balmain Loyalty Square

Janet Seidel @ The Cricketers Arms

The Glorious Sousaphonics @ Balmain Loyalty Sqaure

Sorcha Albuquerque Trio @ Wilhelmina's

Aaron 'Baz' Flower Trio @ The London

Sunday 27 November

 Balmain Jazz Sunday Program

John Maddox @ Kafeine
Oliver Thorpe & Bret Hirst @ Our Place/Claire's Gallery

Low Down Riders @ Balmain Loyalty Square
Virna Sanzone @The Cricketers Arms

James Loughnan Trio @The London

Hot Potato Band @ Balmain Loyalty Square

Jazz in the Park @ Gladstone Park

Our Performers


Steve ClisbySteve Clisby

Headlining Jazz in the Park is Steve Clisby. Steve grew up as a young black man in a largely segregated 1950s America creating an unlikely life for himself bringing soul music to Europe.

From jamming with Hendrix at the Experience Club on Sunset Boulevard tobeing broke and homeless in Torremolinos Spain, in the late sixties, thetalented twenty one year old decided to make music his life’s work.

Steve held on to a love of jazz to carve out a 50 year career in a world besotted with rock n roll.

It was TV juggernaut The Voice, broadcast into more than twomillion living rooms, which changed his life.  He captivatedaudiences as he reached the semi-finals and introduced the nation to his music and soul.

While taking the leap to audition for The Voice he has managed to hold true to his musicianship.

A novice to fame, but not to music, Steve Clisby has spent over sixty years as a musician, living an inspirational life in the US, Europe and finally in Australia.

In his long and distinguished career he has collaborated with award-winning producer/writer, Narada Michael Walden (Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey) and Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate) with Groove Armada re-recording the track Inside Out as Whatever Whenever and Neneh Cherry recording Steve’s track Golden Ring on her album Man.

Steve Clisby will appear on stage from 6pm-7pm

Emma PaskEmma Pask and Dale Barlow

Award winning vocalist Emma Pask has firmly established herself as one of  Australia’s favourite voices in Jazz.

Her talent was first spotted by multi instrumentalist James Morrison during one of his regular visits to high schools when she was just 16 years old.

Emma first sang with James’ band that night and their musical collaboration has continued to entertain audiences nationally and internationally over the past 20 years.

There have been many musical highlights throughout Emma’s career.  By request, in 2006, she performed the Bridal Waltz for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s wedding.  She has been awarded a ‘mo’ for Jazz Vocalist of the year, received ARIA award
nominations and has performed for VIP audiences including the late Diana Princess of wales and Princess Mary of Denmark.

Emma makes regular appearances on national television shows such as The Today Show, Mornings, and has co hosted Studio 10.   2013 saw Emma take part in series 2 of ‘The Voice’ Australia. Her Coach, Ricky Martin, was so impressed with Emma’s vocal ability, after she
performed ‘Mas Que Nada’ in both English and Portuguese he announced to the world that he would like to invite Emma to record with him on his upcoming Album.

Joining Emma on stage is Dale Barlow, with his shaved head and hard bop tenor.  Dale is not only a musicians’ favourite, but also a viable commercial performer with popular appearances on television variety and talk shows.

In 1993 he toured Australia with Eddie Henderson and Mulgrew Miller and broke attendance records at Sydney’s Basement jazz club with vocalist Margaret Urlich. Barlow has been very much in demand as a sideman, recording with James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel, Vince Jones and Eva Breckon.

He has also performed in the classical idiom, playing concerts with the Elektra String Quartet and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.

In the mid-90s Barlow toured Europe with his quintet, playing tenor, flute and the indigenous didgeridoo. He also performed original material with the percussion ensemble Synergy. As a student of music, Barlow has absorbed many influences but remains an individual stylist, playing with force and elegance, and his commercial success has not negated his creative artistry.

Emma & Dale will be on stage from 5:00pm-5:45pm

Sirens Big Band Sirens Big Band

Opening Jazz In The Park is the Sirens Big Band.  Sydney's 18-piece super collective, are known for their exciting and engaging live shows, playing groove based music with references to Ethiopian, Indian and Latin music.

Led by bassist Jessica Dunn, the band brings together some of Sydney’s most dynamic improvisers including Ellen Kirkwood (Fat Yahoozah, Mister Ott), Milan Ring (Milan, Watussi), Loretta Palmeiro (Spyglass Gypsies) and Emma-Grace Stephenson (Hieronymous Trio).

Sirens have performed at major festivals and venues across Australia including Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, Parramasala and SIMA International Women’s Jazz Festival with artist's as diverse as Claire Daly (USA), Jeff Duff and Sandy Evans.

“Sirens live up to their fully deserved hype. Energy, emotion, and subtlety are all precisely balanced to craft an album that appeals to the jazz head with a sense of adventure.” Eastside Radio 89.7FM

Sirens Big Band will be on stage from 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Jazz in the Park’ will begin at 4pm at Balmain’s Gladstone Park bring a picnic to this wonderful free event presented by Inner West Council as part of the Sunset Series.



Jazz in the Park Poster 2016



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