Bringing the jazz to the Sunshine Coast

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The Noosa Jazz Festival is now in its 23rd year of delighting festival goers at the resort town of Noosa Heads Queensland.

Enjoy the very best in jazz talent and everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer.


Noosa Jazz Festival history and trivia

The Noosa Jazz Festival was started in a single restaurant by Melbourne jazz icon Frank Johnson and Richard Stevens to celebrate the beginning of springtime in Australia. Jazz Queensland says that Johnson and Stevens recognised that hotels and restaurants would benefit from “a multiple day celebration of Jazz” and that it would bring tourists to the area who are looking to escape winter in their own area.


Today, the festival is Noosa’s second longest-running event. As pointed out by Seasons of the Sun, “The Festival Village at Noosa Lions Park is the heart of the Noosa Jazz Festival and plays host to mainstage concerts, masterclasses, food and market stalls.”

The acclaimed festival now attracts performers from other genres such as blues, swing and funk.


Noosa Jazz Festival 2014

Music lovers from around the world will enjoy the 2014 Noosa Jazz Festival from Thursday, 4 September through Sunday, 7 September 2014 as some of the greatest jazz artists take to the stage and entertain at “Festival Village,” at Lions Park Noosa Heads. The 2014 lineup of great artists includes the legendary Vince Jones, Grace Knight, Emma Pask, The Royal Jellies, described as “Modern Melbourne meets the New Orleans old school,” by Noosa Jazz Festival website, the Australian Army Band Brisbane, one of Australia’s “finest military bands,” the Nambour Christian College Stage Band who is consistently gaining recognition as one of the best student bands of the Sunshine Coast and another youthful great, Hoo8hoo, featuring the musical talent of 15 year-old Tim and 12 year-old Sam. Also performing is Steve Clisby, an American-born performer originally from California, who has been playing saxophone and piano since the age of 6. Other talented artists performing include Milan, Carl Wockner and Inaburra Big Band.


More than jazz

The Noosa Jazz Festival is much more than great music; it is an interactive celebration featuring events like Tastings on Hastings, which allows festival-goers to “dine right in the Middle of Hastings Street, Noosa Heads.” Jazz cruises can be enjoyed as well as the opportunity to experience more of the Sunshine Coast paradise with convenient Coolum Beach accommodations.

Beach Retreat Coolum offers breathtaking views from your oceanfront resort apartment, overlooking Coolum Beach. Located just south of Noosa, it is also conveniently close to many other attractions.

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