Live music, dancing and all that jazz

Jazz takes over State Library of Queensland at a mini music festival on Saturday 10 August as part of the Live! Queensland band culture program.

State Librarian Janette Wright said this was one event guaranteed to get people moving with All that jazz!

“Audiences will get to swing with performances by some very talented ‘cats’, The Con Artists, La Trav, Tropical Dance Orchestra, The Calibre Cats and the Mark Pradella Quintet,” Ms Wright said.

“Live! house band of the month, the Mark Pradella Quintet will entertain with a show full of popular standards for all tastes in jazz while The Con Artists, Queensland Conservatorium’s premier jazz orchestra will showcase Brisbane’s emerging jazz talent in this 18 piece big band under the direction of Steve Newcomb.

A motley crew of musicians and heavenly voices, La Trav will unleash original piano driven rock and pop. Then those who are tired of simply tapping their feet can jump up and learn the Charleston and swing in FREE dance classes before trying out their new moves to the old time jive of Tropicana Dance Orchestra and the high-energy Swing Nouveau musical stylings of The Calibre Cats.

Along with a fascinating look at Queensland’s jazz history with jazz critic and lecturer Dr Neville Meyers and his panel of aficionados, there will also be a white gloves experience with original band photographs, programs, sound recordings and newsletters, which tell the story of the lively jazz scene of our city,” said Ms Wright.

Classic jazz films Let’s Get Lost, about one of jazz history’s most acclaimed trumpet players and vocalists Chet Baker, and Chicago, the high-energy Broadway musical tale of two condemned murderesses on death row, will also be screened during the afternoon.

Other upcoming events include Live! Trivia night on Friday 23 August where music enthusiasts can put their knowledge to the test and the Composition Competition Gala Concert, the best and freshest locally written music played by the South Brisbane Federal Band, on Saturday 24 August.

Visit for the full Live! program.

Live! Second Saturdays: All that jazz
Sat 10 Aug, 3pm–9pm | Free, bookings 3840 7768
Cash bar open from 5pm | State Library of Queensland
View the day’s timetable at

Live! Trivia night
Friday 23 Aug, 6.30pm | $20 per team of 6, bookings 3840 7768
State Library of Queensland

Composition Competition Gala Concert
Sat 24 Aug, 6pm | $15 adult/$10 concession, bookings
State Library of Queensland

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