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Manly Jazz Opening Party feat. James Valentine’s Upbeat and Amanda Suwondo

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The Manly Jazz Festival is back, and MAG&M is hosting a special Opening Party to push the boat out on festivities!

Hot jazz, cool talk, big organ swirls, and soul from the '60s to now - UPBEAT features ABC’s resident raconteur James Valentine in an intimate setting, and with an all-star band.

Beginning his career in the hay day of Aussie pub rock, James has worked as an in-demand session and touring musician for artists such as Joe Camilleri, Kate Ceberano, Wendy Matthews, and The Models. He has since forged a formidable career as a presenter, author, speaker, and ABC 702 + Jazzman.

In this special double bill, pianist Amando Suwondo and her trio will draw on her Indonesian heritage and influences of pop and R&B to showcase her smoky vocal harmonies, distinctive improvisations, and original compositions.


5pm – Doors open

5:30pm – Amanda Suwondo Trio

6:30pm – James Valentine’s UPBEAT

Includes light refreshments. Wine by Little Ripples, MAG&M Event Sponsor.

Ticketholders are entitled to a complimentary Negroni at the Manly Pavilion following the show.

Tickets are strictly limited. 

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