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We are pleased to announce that new dates are now in place for the The Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival which will start on 21 October 2021!


Something to really sing about!
The Jazz Singers’ Jam Night’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

The iconic Jazz Singers’ Jam Night (JSJN) has come of age! We really have SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT! Join us while we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival – October 21, 2021. JSJN has become an important voice in Brisbane Jazz in its role as the longest running continuous jam night in Australia, if not globally. JSJN is produced and presented by leading jazz singer and educator, Ingrid James. The Brisbane Jazz Club commends the JSJN as one of the best attended nights each month at the Club and it never fails to enchant! Tonight, we are honoured to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a stellar band – Brendan St Ledger Trio with Owen Newcomb and Joe Marchisella plus a plethora of incredible singers and special guests!

There have been many great jazz musicians, but those considered exceptionally talented have often been informally granted honorific ‘aristocratic’ or ‘royal’ titles as nicknames by audiences and peers. These are the artists that made every song unique and their own, regardless of whether or not they penned the songs.

Back by popular demand, following on from our sell-out previous Kings and Queens of Jazz concerts, this year we pay our humble homage to some more of these greats with the help of 6 dynamic local artists (accompanied by John Reeves, Jeremy O’Connor and Reuben Bradley). From Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Jazz with Karen Anderson, to Frank Sinatra, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century with Stu Fisher, the renowned Judy Garland with Bernadette Pryde, Cotton Club bandleader, dancer, actor and jazz singer, Cab Calloway III, with Sean Andrews, the sophisticated Peggy Lee with Naomi Doessel, and the unforgettable Nat King Cole with Tom Pegler.

CAB CALLOWAY with Sean Andrews
FRANK SINATRA with Stu Fisher
NAT KING COLE with Tom Pegler
PEGGY LEE with Naomi Doessel
ELLA FITZGERALD with Karen Anderson
JUDY GARLAND with Bernadette Pryde

THE LOCKDOWN ALLSTARS feat. Peter Uppman and friends + Dave Spicer Trio + InVoices Vocal Ensemble

Without any cares or concerns regarding borders, these 18 brilliant local artists will join forces to create a special night of music wrapped in a magical blanket of camaraderie, candour and comedy on our second last night of the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival 2021.

“Jazz natural” and world-class vocalist, trumpeter, songwriter and entertainer, Peter Uppman will lead the night, making sure that in between the scintillating sets from vocal group sensation inVoices and featured performances from Dave Spicer, the audience will be singing along and swinging from their seats. Joining the Dave Spicer Trio will be Jeremy O’Connor on bass and Paul Hudson on drums. BOOK EARLY for this one – it’s not to be missed!

The Genius of Joni Mitchell is a joyful and collaborative celebration of the inimitable beauty and essence of Joni Mitchell – one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the 20th century. Joni has been a universal mentor to so many artists with her unique ability to crossover from folk to pop to rock, classical and jazz. This year, also marks the 50th anniversary of her iconic album “Blue”.

Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival 2021 is thrilled to present 6 distinctive and powerful female vocal artists – Yani Mills, Alison St Ledger, Ingrid James, Renae Suttie, Karen Anderson and guest Laura James, who wish to pay homage to the breadth and depth of her illustrious music and life. Joining them on stage will be John Reeves, Paul Henderson, Owen Newcomb and Paul Hudson.