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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts