All that (Australian) jazz

With jazz festivals over the next few months from Perth to Devonport , we listen out for an identifiable Australian sound.

Australian pianist Joe Chindamo will perform at Stonnington Jazz 2014. Image via

Autumn and winter seem the ideal weather for listening to jazz, whether curled up on the couch with a glass of red wine, or out in a club, warmed by good music and good company. Little wonder then that we’re about to enter peak jazz festival season, with events held everywhere from Bellingen and Devonport to Perth and Melbourne in the cooler weeks to come.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts