Generations in Jazz another success

ANOTHER SUCCESS: Generations in Jazz has had another successful year, despite some format changes.

GENERATIONS in Jazz has once again wowed the audience, both in person and online.

Organiser Karyn Roberts said feedback of the event had been excellent.

“Everyone as they were leaving the theatres were just blown away by the concert and the whole concept, and being there in the theatre while it was being livestreamed to others. ”

“I think all of the feedback was very positive and everyone enjoyed the concert immensely.

“I think opening it up to the big band genre is something that people really enjoyed and I think it’s great we were able to do that for them.

“The other lovely part was having so many of the musicians who have been involved in generations over many many years having the m returns and see them engage with each other and play together was fantastic.”

The livestreamed event, a first for the committee, proved to be a hit.

“The number of viewers exceeded expectations and our social network coordinator said Facebook went off,” Ms Roberts said.

“So we had a lot of response to that, and a lot of positive, good comments.

“The people that wouldn’t normally travel out to the Barn, or go to concert in a big top in a paddock, but I think that gave an opportunity to others”.

“I think just hearing the band playing and the musicians that were there, it was phenomenal concert and hopefully people have considered that ‘oh I really do like this style of music’ and enjoy Jazz, but not in the jazz sense that people consider when they hear that word.”

Ms Roberts said having the scholarship finalists performing in Mount Gambier was a real highlight.

“While some of them have been to Generations before with their schools, it’s certainly a different aspect coming back as a solo performer,” she said.

“They really enjoyed it and engaged with each other and made some new friends.”

Winner of the GIJ Vocal Scholarship was Emma Simpson-Smith and the winner of the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship winner Thien Pham.

It was a tough choice for the judges with all the finalists showing impressive skills.

“”Our vocalist winner was a really delightful young woman, and very very talented.

“Any four of them could have won it in the vocal but we had to pick someone and the other three will certainly have an opportunity to apply again.

“As for Thien Pham, he is a brilliant musician.

“James was most impressed with the standards of the scholarship finalists for the year.”