Monday, July 13th, 2015

So how do we know this? Because each year Norfolk equally embraces the musicians and visitors attending our annual Jazz Festival ‘Norfolk Island Jazzes It Up’. And each year top line musicians love performing here as the island provides the perfect atmosphere to get in the groove and play great jazz. 

As a musician you’d be hard pressed to ask for any more ambient venue than alfresco at Emily Bay, so it’s no surprise that this is the location for one of the favourite concerts of the week.  For concert-goers the Emily Bay lunch-time performance arrives complete with a backdrop of turquoise water, coral reefs and World Heritage listed convict remains. There really is nothing in the world quite like it. Two dinner concerts held during the week combine the jazz with our island’s famous fresh food – what could be better.

This year’s headliners include The Feral Swing Katz, The George Washingmachine Quartet, The Jazz Factory, Andrew London Trio and Camile Te Nahu.

Moving to the groove will be easy with the wild and wonderful Feral Swing Katz. This duo are the winners of a 2001 MO award for Best Country Band, a 2002 Golden Guitar, and a 2006 ACE award for Country Group of the Year. Stuart French’s plays guitar perfectly blends with Michel Rose’s harmony licks on pedal steel in a partnership meant to be. Their music is a blend of 40’s Swing, Classic Country with a touch of Jazz otherwise known as “Western Swing”. The velvet vocals of New Zealand-born Camille Te Nahu add to the Ferals Swing Katz performance in a magical way – your feet will start tapping with a life all of their own!

The George Washingmachine Quartet have a huge following of dedicated listeners who just love the blend of dreamy music, knuckle-busting violin feats and seductively smooch vocals that George and the band deliver. You are guaranteed to be entertained, enlivened and asking for more after one of their performances.

If you are moved by the music of Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington, then Byron Bay based The Jazz Factory will be a highlight. From ‘rip roaring jazz’ to love songs from the 30s and 40s this quartet has honed their craft over many years playing together. Two of the guy’s also sing and the mix overall is one of clean sounds and harmonic balance.

Not to be missed will be The Andrew London Trio, made up of songwriter/satirist Andrew London, woodwind exponent/songwriter Nils Olsen, and bassist Kirsten London. Together they play an eclectic range of original songs and covers in a variety of styles ranging from 1930s swing to cool ‘latin lounge’. Think very, very cool with a mix of outright fun.

Norfolk Island Jazzes It Up is on 29 November to 3 December 2015. Seven night packages are available from $999 ex Brisbane and $1039 ex Sydney. Prices include return airfare (seat + bag) to Norfolk Island, airline taxes, meet & greet at the airport, return airport transfers on Norfolk Island, 7 night’s twin share self-contained accommodation, 7 days car hire (hire car surcharge $20 per day plus petrol extra), half day island tour, discount shopping card, complimentary mini-golf and complimentary ‘A Walk in the Wild’.

Contact us for further information at [email protected] call us on 0800 1400 66 or via our website at

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Norfolk Island Travel Centre

Norfolk Island Travel Centre is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.

Rebecca Christian, Norfolk Island Travel Centre
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10
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Norfolk Island Travel Centre

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P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10


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