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Enter ‘Squizzy’s Reprise’ at Melbourne Polytechnic for the Stonnington Jazz Festival

19 May 2015

Melbourne Polytechnic is proud to be a supporter of the 10th annual Stonnington Jazz Festival, one of the premier events on Australia’s jazz calendar.

Running for eleven days from the 14th to 24th May, it is a showcase for international and home-grown jazz talent, and has this year expanded its program to incorporate the genre of soul.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s David Williamson Theatre at our Prahran campus is one of the key venues, and the foyer has been transformed into a Squizzy Taylor themed space by Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration students. The concept, called ‘Squizzy’s Reprise’, uses a ‘sense of dirty glam’ to instantly whisk visitors away from their daytime life, into an intimate space where anything is possible…

This is the setting for staff and students from Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts Department VET Certificate and Diploma music programs to strut their stuff as the precursors to the headline acts in the main auditorium. Free concert events in the Foyer of the David Williamson Theatre during the Festival include:

Friday 15 May, 6.30pm :
PLANET FANTASTIQUE featuring Tony Barnao, Siobhan Hoohah, Benjamin Winstanley, Fabian Dal Forno and Oscar France

Saturday 16 May, 6.30pm
JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE – arranged by Nilusha Dassenaike and feat Melbourne Polytechnic Undergraduate students

Sunday 17 May, 3pm

Tuesday 19 May, 6.30pm
JACK PANTAZIS TRIO – Jack Pantazis (Guitar), Ben Harmsen (Bass), Michael Rochford (Drums)

Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm
STARR-SHULZ & FRIENDS: MUSICAL CONVERSATIONS featuring Amy Odongo and Shani Holmes

Thursday 21 May, 6.30pm

Friday 22 May, 6.30pm

Saturday 23 May, 6.30pm

Sunday 24 May, 6pm

And don’t miss the Melbourne Polytechnic showcase performance! Catch Melbourne Polytechnic’s accomplished musicians in a showcase performance with Eugene Ball Quartet, Folia and Tripataka at the David Williamson Theatre at our Prahran Campus on Sunday evening, May 24 at 7.30pm. Cost: $15 – $25 + transaction fee

The Eugene Ball Quartet features Eugene Ball (trumpet), James Macauley (trombone), James McLean (drums), Michael Meagher (electric bass), and with special guest Aaron Choulai (piano) direct from Tokyo. Eugene Ball is one of Australia’s most active and acclaimed trumpet players.

Folia features Nick Tsiavos and ARIA award winning musician Anthony Schulz.

Tripataka began its life as the Adrian Sherriff trio in early 2013 and consists of Adrian Sherriff (bass trombone, shakuhachi, morsing, percussion), Jonathan Dimond (electric bass, percussion) and Adam King (drums). According to the program notes “Tripataka performs unique arrangements of jazz repertoire by Thelonious Monk, Steve Coleman, and George Gershwin, which are re-imagined in a landscape where odd meters, rhythmic stratification and bitonality collide to create a rich and stimulating tapestry.”

Stonnington Jazz Festival Details

When: 14 – 24 May 2015
Where: Various venues including: Malvern Town Hall, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne Bowls Club, David Williamson Theatre, Prahran Market, and more
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Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1477202994e.cin1477202994hcety1477202994lopen1477202994ruobl1477202994em@sn1477202994oitac1477202994inumm1477202994oC1477202994

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and seven specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east and Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.