Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00
The 2012 Melbourne International Jazz Festival drew to a close on Sunday 10 June on a box office and performance high, as the leading lady of American stage, Dee Dee Bridgewater, literally had her audience dancing in the aisles at the Melbourne Town Hall.
The 2012 Festival presenting a diverse cross section of artustrs featuring over 100 events, including 30 free events, 11 world and 13 Australian premieres and eight Australian / international collaborations.
Highlights included McCoy Tyner (USA), American saxophonist Chris Potter and vocalist José James, crossover jazz-R&B artist and Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin (USA), five-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard (USA), Dr Lonnie Smith (USA) and many more.
Over 30,000 people took part in the 10-day program of free outdoor concerts at Fed Square.