Mayor's Message - 11th July 2017

Published on 11 July 2017

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Mayor Martin Council’s marketing and events team is putting the finishing touches on this year’s Devonport Jazz Festival preparations.  To be held from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July, this year’s Festival incorporates a great mixture of headline acts, pure jazz sessions and community events.

Talented jazz singer and former Better Homes & Gardens and Play School presenter Monica Trapaga, with her band the Bachelor Pad will take centre stage in the Town Hall Theatre at the Devonport Entertainment Centre on Friday, 28th July, followed up by Sydney a cappella group The Idea of North on Saturday evening.

Monica’s fresh ‘now’ sound combines with 40’s and 50’s influences, with her musical diversity and charismatic performances great value, with tickets priced at $39 per person.

The Idea of North is an ARIA award-winning vocal group, known for their exhilarating a cappella performances steeped in jazz, but crossing over comfortably into pop, gospel, folk and comedy.  They will also be presenting a workshop for local singers.

Returning community events include Gospel Song at the Don Centre, Musos in the Mall and the New Talent Showcase at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub.

Musos in the Mall is always a great open air winter experience, with the Ross Challender Big Band and a cappella ensemble, In the Groove, set to get people dancing and swinging, together with Cradle Coast Swing, on Saturday, 29th July, between 10am and 12noon.

Jazz purists can enjoy Monk Reloaded by the Phileas Fogg Trio, The New York Sessions with Dan Bolton and Many Rivers by the Nick Haywood Trio at the Life Way Auditorium on Saturday, 29th July.

Further program, event details and tickets are available through the Devonport Jazz website at, or pick up a copy of the program from participating venues or Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Mayor Steve Martin