Jazz Under the Stars, an annual event presented by the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, featuring Cairns’ finest jazz musicians, will be held September 1st in the Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Bring a picnic blanket, chair or rug and basket of delicious treats and join your host Harry Rivers as he guides you through the program that features Captain Jazz and the Bandicoots, Cairns Young Musicians, Fingerprint featuring Nikki Doll, Tom See Poy Band, Bernard Lee Long Trio, Di Queen and special guest artist Wilma Reading.

Special guest Wilma Reading, who began her singing career in 1959 after singing for friends at a Brisbane jazz club, has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, had a residency at New York City’s Copacabana nightclub and toured with Duke Ellington.

Additionally, she made numerous appearances on The Morecambe & Wise Show in 1973 and 1974. She has also performed with the national orchestras of Belgium, the Netherlands, Iceland and Germany and toured with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

She appeared alongside Jim Brown in the film Pacific Inferno and in variety at The London Palladium and performed on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days.

Host Harry Rivers was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  His father and brothers were all musicians and at the age of 18 Harry moved to Australia with an all-Maori show band and worked the Sydney club circuit before embarking on a world-wide tour.

He did gigs throughout Asia and then went to London and toured Europe. Eight years ago, he came to Cairns “for a three-month break”. Like many others who came to Cairns for a holiday, Harry loved it so much he stayed.

Cairns jazz band Captain Jazz & The Bandicoots, which has had an impressive 30 years in the jazz music industry, Cairns Young Musicians, Fingerprint, Tom See Pay Band, Bernard Lee Long Trio and Di Queen are all well-known and popular musicians who always draw an enthusiastic crowd.

Gates for Jazz Under the Stars open at 4.30pm and the concert runs from 5.30-9.30pm. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or can be booked through Trybooking. Admission is $15 and school children are admitted free.

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