The much-anticipated program for Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival – Mount Barker was announced last night.
Building on the phenomenal success of the 2012 Festival, the 2013 lineup is packed with international, interstate and local stars that will bring some zing to the Hills this June long weekend.
Topping the bill are three exciting international acts. Austrian piano sensation David Helbock will be performing his Australian premiere with his trio, comprising bass ukulele player Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker. Helbock has wowed audiences across North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, and it’s a coup for the Adelaide Hills to host his first show on this continent. Winning a number of awards over the last few years, including Austria’s highest arts prize, Helbock’s most recent solo album Purple reworked the songs of pop superstar Prince.
The James Carter Organ Trio bring a shot of Detroit to the festival on the Saturday night. Growing up immersed in funk, fusion, rock and soul, saxophonist Carter is at home paying tribute to Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt as he is interpreting the music of indie rockers Pavement. Backed by rising Hammond B3 star Gerard Gibbs and veteran Detroit drummer Leonard King Jr, the James Carte Organ Trio have been collaborating for more than a decade.
Sunday night at the Hoot Festival Club is going to be a corker, with Texas collective Snarky Puppy bringing their own brand of funk jazz fusion to the stage. Describing their sound as ‘music for the brain and booty’, Snarky Puppy are based around core members Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, Shaun Martin and Micheal League. With up to 25 players in regular rotation, Snarky Puppy will perform as a nine-piece for Hoot, featuring Australian-based, Texan-born vocalist Alison Wedding.
As well as the international performers, Hoot 2013 will feature some high profile Australian stars. Grace Knight has had a stellar jazz career since the 1980s, and she’ll be supported by Liam Burrows, one of the rising stars of the Australian jazz scene.
Gerard Masters is currently touring with Pete Murray, The McClymonts and Potbelleez, and has toured with Missy Higgins, all while forging a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the jazz world.
One of Hoot 2012’s most popular acts was Emma Hamilton, and the half-French singer makes a welcome return in 2013, this time supporting Melbourne-born 24 year-old Sarah McKenzie, winner of the Aria award for best jazz album of 2012.
Adelaide favourite Catherine Lambert is back too, fresh from her appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The multi-talented Lambert was also a highlight of last year’s Hoot, graciously allowing an enthusiastic audience to create their own setlist for her show.
Other interstate performers include Quentin Angus and Craig Martin, with Adelaide bands Lucky Seven, Black Fedora, Etype Jazz, Proton Pill and Phat Panda all on the bill.
Kicking off the festival will be a noisy and colourful opening night parade and street party. Led by The Atlantic Street Band, SA Police Bands and The Various Nefarious, the parade will feature musicians, dancers and the public, as Hoot takes over Mount Barker.
Many of the quirky, unusual and intimate venues that characterised the inaugural event will also return, including a funeral parlour, vintage trains, a church, a school and the Festival Club in the Mount Barker Town Hall.
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