Geelong Jazz Soirees Summer Series return to the Botanic Gardens

January 31, 2024 BY

On February 10, The Syncopators will continue the summer series.

GEELONG Jazz Soirees Summer Series is starting Saturday, February 3 at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

The annual outdoor event is heading into its fourth year and will feature Hot Club Swing, The Syncopators and The Suspects.

“There is something for everyone in this year’s program whether you are a jazz lover or not – these are going to be some extraordinary performances in a beautiful setting,” event organiser Callum Watson said.

“This year it’s about the best jazz acts that have come out of Geelong, each act we have selected is the highest calibre and all have a very distinct link to Geelong.”

The summer series features three concerts over the first three Saturdays of February, opening with French Gypsy swing group Hot Club Swing.

This group has played at several major festivals, including the Port Fairy Music Festival, the Queenscliff Music Festival and the National Jazz Convention.

On February 10, The Syncopators will continue the summer series. The group is recognised as one of Australia’s top jazz groups and have toured internationally.

Hot Club Swing’s Rob Gador and Phil Smurthwaite. Photos: SUPPLIED

The Suspects are returning to the stage on February 17 to end the series, performing their extensive collection of jazz, country, Americana and more, with rich harmonies and a variety of singers.

The event is expected to attract about 500 to 600 people to each Saturday session.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a picnic, lay out a rug and enjoy some of the state’s finest musicians in the Botanic Gardens.

To view the full 2024 program and to purchase tickets, head to geelongjazz.com

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