Thursday 5th August to Sunday 8th August 2021.



The 2021 Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival (BVJF) presented by Ingrid James and the Brisbane Jazz Club is truly “Something To Sing About!”

This Festival is a celebration of the Jazz Voice complemented by some of the most talented musicians in the country. This festival also celebrates three generations of jazz singers.

In the last 20 years, Brisbane has grown to be a unique hub for jazz vocalists, partly due to the wonderful music academy programs available in Queensland and the country, through dedicated private teachers and school programs, but also because there has been one constant in the last 20 years – that is the iconic Jazz Singers’ Jam Night – where community meets the world of academia and the industry – held once a month at the Brisbane Jazz Club (BJC). This has been a welcoming hub, where thousands of singers of many generations and of all levels of skill have had the opportunity to perform with local, interstate and international instrumentalists. It has been a space where singers have felt safe to sing ‘outside their comfort zone’  in front of a supportive audience, in order to develop their specialisation in the art of Vocal Jazz.

This inaugural Festival is a natural extension of the years of dedication many have put into working as a team to provide a pathway for Jazz Singers to showcase their talents…and this year, the festival will gather together top quality national artists to perform alongside local jazz artists at the Brisbane Jazz Club (a dedicated not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers for almost 50 years)

The BVJF and BJC’s intention and philosophy is to create a greater standard of excellence in Queensland so that all jazz singers feel supported and encouraged to excel in their hometown, as well as present world-class performances to a dedicated and growing audience. We hope to bridge the gap between vocalists and instrumentalists demonstrating that the voice is equal as an instrument to any other. 

This Festival will celebrate the diversity of the Jazz Vocal art form.  Jazz has the power to “develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self-image, and a respect for others’ cultural heritage” (www.monkinstitute.org)

The importance of a specialist Vocal Jazz Festival as a unique art form needs to be preserved, providing a powerful voice for the future and celebrating jazz as a unique art form that can help mould and reflect the society in which it belongs!

Ingrid James, Artistic Director (BVJF) 2016-2021


Jazz Singers Jam Night – Thursday 5th Aug

Gregg Arthur – Friday 6th Aug

The Idea of North – Saturday 7th August

Kings & Queens of Jazz – Sunday 8th August

By Telephone (Wed to Fri 10AM to 4PM) – 07 3391 2006

On the Brisbane Jazz Club Website

By EMail to info@brisbanejazzclub.com.au