Gladstone Park


Saturday 29 April


What is Jazz in the Park?

Part of the Balmain Rozelle Food and Art Festival, join us for a terrific line-up of award-winning jazz musicians will take the stage in Gladstone Park as Jazz in the Park makes a huge return to Balmain.

musicians play to people sitting in a park 

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Program Details

As part of the Balmain Food and Art Festival, on Saturday 29th 2023, Balmain will come alive with the sounds of jazz in Gladstone Park. This year’s line-up of extraordinary talent is sure to please jazz lovers and lovers of fine music in general. Purchase a hamper from a Darling St business to enjoy a picnic and bring the family to experience an afternoon in the park with the best of Inner West Jazz! 

A woman holds a trumpet and stares into the distance, with four musicians in bubles around her

EK and the Extraordinaires

2:10 after the Official Welcome

A prolific composer and leader of many successful projects over the past 15 years, award-winning trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood has assembled some of her favourite musicians to form this exciting collective. Performing up-beat and fun re-imaginings of Ellen’s pieces from past projects such as Fat Yahoozah and Captain Kirkwood, EK and the Extraordinaires combine jazz with genres from around the world such as Balkan, Ethiopian and Latin American musics. With a lush 3-piece horn section backed by punchy drums and bass, EK and the Extraordinaires bring the festive vibes to Jazz in the Park!

Ellen Kirkwood Website

A group of musicians in a laneway

Greasy Chicken Orchestra



The Greasy Chicken Orchestra has finely tuned their brand of swinging 20s/30s jazz in a two-year residency at Sydney’s Foundry616, featuring some of Sydney’s finest musicians as they celebrate the music of New Orleans and beyond. With a focus on early Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, tunes include such early jazz classics as South Rampart Street Parade, Muskrat Ramble, and Frog-I-More Moore Rag. The band is led by Phillip Johnston, an American saxophonist/ composer who lives in Sydney while still maintaining a musical life in his hometown of New York City.

Phillip Johnston Instagram

A man sitting at a piano wearing a blue shirt

Matt McMahon Trio



Matt McMahon is a Sydney-based pianist/composer. He has won awards including the National Jazz Award and the Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and appears on Aria and Bell award-winning albums. He leads his own groups and works in collaboration with many of Australia’s most respected musicians, performing within Australia and internationally. Matt has performed with many visiting artists on their Australian tours including Wynton Marsalis, Veronica Swift, Bobby Previte, Greg Osby, Sharon Shannon, Bob Hurst, Aaron Goldberg and Mary Coughlan.

Matt McMahon instragram

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