Jazz Convention Preparations Underway

The excitement of hosting the Australian Jazz Convention in Bundaberg December 2011 is building, with a visit from Harvey Duff, Convenor of the Australian Jazz Convention this week. Mr Duff is visiting Bundaberg to work with the local steering committee - visiting venues and working on the program.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor, Cr Lorraine Pyefinch, said it was an honour to have Harvey Duff visit. "Now that Harvey Duff has the opportunity to look at our venues and work with the local steering committee excitement will really start to spread. Mr Duff has been attending the Australian Jazz Convention since 1985 and is a very well respected musician and arranger, so we're thrilled to have him here to share his expertise" said Cr Pyefinch.

Bundaberg Regional Council successfully won the opportunity to host the 66th Australian Jazz Convention 2011, which will begin on 26th December and conclude on New Year's Eve. Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said it was a coup for the area. "The Australian Jazz Convention is the longest running Convention of its kind in the world and we are delighted to have been chosen to run the 2011 event" said Cr Pyefinch. "Hosting the convention at a traditionally quieter time of the year will bring welcomed economic, social and cultural benefits to our region".

The Australian Jazz Convention has been held in Queensland three times since it began in 1946, with Brisbane the most northerly location. It is the longest running annual jazz event in the world, and is organised as a convention for the musicians rather than a festival for the general public. 

One of the aims of the Jazz Convention is to encourage and promote jazz in Australia, with hundreds of people from all over Australia meeting to exchange ideas and views, to hear and judge other musicians' performances, to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

The Australian Jazz Convention is organised on a non-profit basis by volunteer committees, and the musicians actually pay to attend and perform for and with their peers.  Professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, both advanced players and beginners, combine their talents to produce the music they love.  "It would be true to say that many of Australia's better-known jazz musicians began to make their reputations at conventions.  Quite a number now are internationally recognised. It will be interesting to see the talent that converges on Bundaberg in December 2011" said Cr Pyefinch.

Stay up to date with the Jazz Convention by visiting the convention website: www.ajcbundy2011.com.au