Jazz is back in the Hunter Valley, and Kate Ceberano is the headline act! Hope Estate announced the coup late last month along with the date of this year’s event – Saturday 7 December. Kate will take to the stage along with John Morrison’s Swing City Band, featuring Jacki Cooper, The Aston Martinis and The Djangologists.
A great day out for groups of friends, ladies who lunch, and families, to come along to the Hunter Valley’s biggest beer garden at Hope Estate. Set on the rolling lawns of Hope Estate’s amphitheatre, enjoy a slow lunch, estate-grown wine, fresh craft beer, markets and kids zone, all to the lively big band jazz tunes and classic hits.
“I am such a fan of Kate Ceberano and my friends, and I just love this event,” said Karen Hope, who owns Hope Estate with husband Michael.
“It’s such a wonderful time of the year to sit outdoors in the sunshine with a cheese platter and a glass of bubbles, have a laugh and take in the atmosphere of the day. Jazz in the Vineyards just feels like a party Michael and I might have at home with friends. We’re just inviting everyone in NSW to come along,” she laughed.
Kate Ceberano is an icon of the Australian music landscape, a member of the Australian Songwriters’ Associate (ASA) Hall of Fame, and ARIA award winner who will be performing some of her greatest hits. Having carved out an enviable solo career over the years, Ceberano’s passion for creating original music across a whole range of genres remains as strong as ever.
“Staying true myself and refusing to be pigeonholed has certainly ensured that I’ve had an interesting and diverse career,” Ceberano told intouch Magazine late last year.
But while forays into television and film have been a large part of that diversity, music has always remained her core focus, and since hitting the spotlight, she has barely drawn breath, racking up 25 albums over 35 years to become the most prolific Australian female recording artist of this era.
Kate is a fantastic performer set to be the highlight for the day, but while Kate’s a hard act to follow, John Morrison’s Swing City Band featuring Jacki Cooper is certainly up to the challenge! A 14-piece big band performing traditional jazz, swing, funk and jazz-rock, John Morrison is one of the most recognisable and sought after jazz drummers working in Australia today.
Known as ‘The Cat in the Hat’, he continues to delight audiences with his humour and performance. In addition to John Morrison’s prestigious drumming career, he is also the elder brother to trumpeter James Morrison. Jacki Cooper is a passionate Jazz advocate and a cornerstone for many of the national Jazz Festivals including Darling Harbour International Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival and Thredbo Jazz Festival.
The Aston Martinis are bringing the cool swing and classic soul of their 4-piece band to the Hunter Valley. Bursting with energy and a touch of class they will be quick to get your toes tapping, and the dancing started. Be sure to bring a dance partner and your best swing dancing moves.
The Djangologists are a gypsy jazz duo performing songs inspired by Django Reinhardt with a twist. These guys bring a great vibe, and you’ll quickly feel like you’re somewhere in Paris in the 1950's. Dynamic, fresh and fun, these musicians are set to be an exciting surprise.
Of course, a day like this is best enjoyed with a group of friends or family – the more, the merrier says Karen.
“Gather a group of friends and book seats with Rover Coaches, our bus transport partner. With pickups from Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Singleton and Hunter Valley, travel for the day to the vineyards or make a weekend of it and take up one of the many accommodation options available in the area. Jazz in the Vineyards is a wonderful way to enjoy a day of good wine, beer, views and great music.”
For those couples and groups looking for a long leisurely lunch, they can choose from a pre-purchased picnic hamper ticket or upgrade to a VIP ticket which includes a 3-course lunch and drink on arrival. It’s best to book your tickets early as the VIP tickets are limited. For more information and tickets, visit www.jazzinthevineyards.com.au
If you can’ t keep your dancing feet stationery until December, then get along to Hope Estate for the annual FKA Festival later this month. The Hunter Valley will be in full-festival mode on Saturday 19 October for FKA Festival, which will see a massive line-up take the stage featuring The Rubens, Safia, Allday, Lime Cordiale, The Chats, Eves Karydas, Elk Road, and Rayn on the main stage. With Kilter, Yahtzel, LO’99, Sippy, Tori Levett, Lex Deluxe and Keyes on ‘The Harvest Stage’.
This year’s festival is the first year FKA will feature a second stage. Named ‘The Harvest Stage’ and featuring live electronic and DJ artists in Hope Estate’s barrel lined warehouse. No other winery venue in the Hunter Valley has created a space like this for an electronic stage. This stage will be epic!
Hope Estate is a landmark venue in the local Hunter Valley live music landscape and is the only winery in the world to have hosted The Rolling Stones. Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au