Three-time Grammy-winning jazz superstar Cécile McLorin Salvant (USA) headlines SIMA’s Sydney Int’l Women’s Jazz Festival!
Hear the future of jazz across 18 ear-opening concerts
25 October – 5 November, 2023
For 12 years, SIMA’s Sydney Int’l Women’s Jazz Festival has championed groundbreaking artistic innovation, diversity and leading women in jazz.
The Headliner Cécile McLorin Salvant, a three-time Grammy winner and the nonpareil master of jazz singing, takes her artform to new heights.
In the pin-drop atmosphere of the City Recital Hall on Tuesday October 31, she leads a stellar quartet with Sullivan Fortner (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Kyle Pool (drums) on an odyssey of expression. Her spellbinding presence is a tour de force that redefines jazz for a new era – She is one of the best vocalists in the world.
On Friday 27th October, St Stephens Uniting Church on Macquire Street resonates with Tina Harrod and Kate Wadey’s vocal virtuosity. Hear from an international lineup across two shows on Saturday with ensembles from Germany, Italy and Australia. Step into a realm of cutting-edge music with Shannon Barnett Quartet (DE) and Tessie Overmyer Trio (AU), followed by Caroline Davis (US) and Nuovo Mondo Symphonies (IT).
Venture beyond boundaries, as Flora Carbo and Wilbur Whitta create an intimate setting at The Women’s Club. Embark on a sonic odyssey at Johnston Street Jazz, as the Motion Quartet and Sabine and Harley duo unveil the hip new sound of Sydney.
On November 3, Sarah Belkner and EBS lead you into their world, merging alt-pop and jazz at the Great Club.
The festival sees Sydney music hot-spots collaborating to present Artistic Director Zoe Hauptmann’s vision and bring it to life. Volunteer-run series Monday Night Confessions and Johnston St Jazz, plus venues and restaurants present Australia’s finest improvisors.
Adventurous audiences get to explore the space between jazz, post-rock, country, and experimental with the electrifying siblings Flora and Theo Carbo from Naarm/Melb and fellow Brunswick newcomers Maddison Carter and Isaac Gunnoo. Panghalina brings together three compelling Australian soloists, Freedman Award winner Helen Svoboda, Bonnie Stuart and Maria Moles to explore themes of sonic duality.
The festival has everything, from the finest soul and jazz singers, to the cutting-edge of jazz and anthemic alt-pop album launches. SIMA’s Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival continues to showcase the most talented, inspiring and creative musicians from home and abroad.