Perth International Jazz Festival heads to Mt Barker for Taste Great Southern

Some of WA’s best jazz musicians will be at Mt Barker this weekend for an afternoon of fine wine and music.

The Perth International Jazz Festival On Tour series will bring Jazz at the Cellar to Mt Barker on Saturday May 7 as part of Taste Great Southern.

Organized by Plantagenet Wines, the event will mix world-class jazz with quality wine and food.

Jazz singer Lucy Iffla will entertain with her folk, jazz and funk classics alongside the other three musicians of the Lucy Iffla Quartet – Ben Vanderwal on drums, Matthew Gudgeon on guitar and Alistair Peel on bass.

Camera iconLucy Iffla. Credit: Perth International Jazz Festival

The Gemma Farrell Quinet will also take the stage, giving the public a preview of their sophomore album ‘The View From The Top’ ahead of its May 14 release.

Saxophonist Gemma Farrell leads the band, with Sam Hadlow on trombone, Dan Garner on guitar, Kate Pass on bass and Ryan Daunt on drums.

Brass Party will keep the good times rolling with their brassy take on classic dance tunes from the 1990s and 2000s.

Perth International Jazz Festival director Mace Francis said they were looking forward to visiting the Great Southern after the success of the ‘On Tour’ program in Busselton last year.

Brass Festival.
Camera iconBrass Festival. Credit: Perth International Jazz Festival

“Musicians are excited to share their music and each group brings a different aspect of the jazz genre to the stage,” he said.

“We hope to bring world-class jazz to the regions for many years to come – because what goes better together than good times, great jazz and a glass of local craft wine?”

Jazz at the Cellar Door will take place from 4:30 p.m. on May 7.


Willie J. Johnson