Mayor's Message - 14 May 2019

Published on 14 May 2019

Tickets for Devonport Jazz 2019 are now available from the event’s website, venues or the paranaple arts centre.

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival – the 18th edition - will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour, Pure Jazz Sessions and a jazzy INXS tribute.

The Squeezebox, a stylish little club where the MC thinks he’s the bee’s knees, has a diminutive singer who takes to the stage and diners are invited to lose themselves in the glamour and seduction of the nouveau jazz age.

Swathed in style and brimming with the Moonlight Aviators’ renowned panache, this tale of the Squeezebox will entice you in with a splash of moonshine and a swirl of sin.

It also features Andrew Hickman, Martine Holliday and The Squeezebox Cabaret House Band.

Patrons can choose from a range of packages including the popular Festival Pass.

At a cost of $199, the pass represents great value by providing access to the two premier events - the Squeezebox Cabaret and James Morrison - among the 18 events it covers.

There are also additional discounts and hospitality offer by other venues as part of the pass with more to be announced. Attendance at the 18 events alone would cost $270 without the pass, and that does not include the hospitality options.

Pass holders also have access to ABC Radio’s live broadcast on the Friday afternoon and two dance workshops.

The 35 public events will span from Port Sorell to Ulverstone, with many events close to Devonport’s CBD.

New venues this year include the Devonport Hockey Club at Meercroft Park, Café Squire and the Devonport RSL, which is returning to the program after a lengthy recess.

It does not matter what you are interested in – a big band sound, a dinner and show, brunch or a traditional concert, there really is something for everyone.

The Festival will once again transform venues through winter, and I expect it to attract several thousand people to the city over the four days.

The full program can be viewed at and bookings can be made on the site or with event venues.

To get a Festival Pass or to book for the main events contact the paranaple arts centre on 6420 2900.

Cr Annette Rockliff MAYOR