The Jazz Festival was in full swing for this group of Jazz Hatters who were enjoying the party at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club on Monday. More photos Page 7. Two page pictorial of jazz festival Pages 2 and 3. Jazz Quest Page 4 and online gallery and video merimbulanewsonline.com.au
The Merimbula Jazz Festival once again brought tourists into town for the long weekend filling restaurants and accommodation and turning the town into a big musical party with 146 bands playing in eight venues.
Festival goers were able to listen to a wide variety of styles from Latin and jazz funk through to trad, big bands and modern. There was the jazz parade on Saturday morning, jazz art on display at Club Sapphire, a Jazz Quest for the under 25s at the Lakeview Hotel followed by a late night jam session and the Jazz Hatters Party at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club.
President of the jazz festival committee, Bruce Munchenberg said it was a wonderful weekend and thanked the many volunteers and the committee members, without whom the festival could not run. He also thanked the venues: “The help and support we get from the venues is just fantastic.”
Mr Munchenberg said that there was a good crowd of attendees and band numbers were just short of total capacity (150) with around 700 musicians involved.
At Club Sapphire, CEO Damien Foley said: “This is fantastic for the town and how good to see everything busy in winter.”
Mr Foley said that as usual the restaurants in the club had done very well. “There is a trend towards food and a shift away from gaming and bar takings,” he said.
At the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club, general manager, Michelle Vernon said that the club had catered for around 400 people for dinner on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. At the Lakeview Hotel too, food was a hot item with queues forming for tables on Sunday evening.