I don’t know when the Clarence Jazz Festival first started, but it was up and running when I returned to Tasmania to live, in 2000. Ever since, it has grown in scale and excitement.
From one Sunday to the next in the third week of each February, performances are scheduled in historic buildings such as the Rosny Barn, next to the water on various bays such as Kangaroo Bay and Lindisfarne Bay (that empty into the Derwent River, and which blog followers may remember from earlier stages of my walk), at beach reserves and on village greens across the local government area of Clarence City Council.
Most are free events and they culminate in the big day next Sunday. On that day the Bellerive Boardwalk, with its stunning backdrop of sun-drenched water covered in yachts, hosts a grand finale when many different Tasmanian and national jazz musicians perform on an open stage in front of changing throngs of people sitting and moving around the Boardwalk. Food, wine and coffee stalls surround the venue, and the Clarence City Council offers free sunscreen for those who come unprotected. At the Jazz at the Boardwalk is where you can expect me to be next Sunday! Bring on those sexy saxophones!
Typically people walk from home often carrying picnics and refreshments to drink. Families sit outdoors and soak in the atmosphere while kids clamber over public playground equipment when nearby. Where I live, sometimes the sounds of music float across the air and I am able to enjoy concerts when I cannot get away from home.
The festival Facebook site shows images of past musos and performances and some of the guests for this year (https://www.facebook.com/clarencejazzfestival).
If you are a Hobart local and have forgotten about the Festival go to http://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=933&c=386, read the program, and be prepared to see some musicians strut their stuff.