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Festival Filled with Fun and all That Jazz

Festival Filled with Fun and all That Jazz

What: Newcastle Jazz Festival
Where: Newcastle Panthers
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Friday August 24, 2001

JAZZ fans are in for a treat this weekend when Club Nova Newcastle hosts the Newcastle Jazz Festival from Friday until Sunday.

The festival will predominantly showcase traditional and mainstream jazz performances over three nights and two days.

Bands from the Hunter and across Australia were invited to perform at the festival.

The weekend's entertainment will include a welcome night, jazz breakfast, umbrella parade, gala dance, gospel concert featuring Lee Gunness and a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Bands on the bill include The Louisiana Shakers, The Balled Eagle Jazz Band, Geoff Bull's Olympia Jazz Band, Janet Seidel Quartet, Jazz Cafe, Maryville Jazz Band and the Stilling Street Jazz Band. Travelling all the way from South Australia for the event is The Kanga Bentley's Hot Foot Seven. The group is considered to be one of the top 10 traditional jazz bands in Australia and specialise in jazz classics from the 20s and 30s.

Gail Kingston provides the big voice for the group and has been described as having explosive singing and contagious energy.

'It is really great to be singing ... with the Kanga band and Dave Dallwitz's Swinging Seven,' Gail said.

'Thanks to them I am having a terrific time and adding more depths to my singing and performance than ever before.'

Other bands on the bill include Mostly Horns, Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band with Carol Ralph, Tailgate Jam, The Spice Boys, David Blenkhorn Trio, The New Orleans Ramblers, Mike Hallam's Hot Six, Bob Henderson Jazz Band and locals Fish Fry.

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