Hello again Jazz Lovers

Welcome to our newsletter for the 37th Merimbula Jazz Festival, which will be held 9-12 June, 2017. There has already been a lot of work taking place behind the scenes to help bring together our great musicians and fabulous Jazz Lovers for another fantastic festival.

Once again we will be holding the festival exclusively in Merimbula venues, allowing Jazz Lovers to easily move between locations in the town so that they can see all their favourite bands.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again at our wonderful location, and we value the support you bring to the festival from far and wide.

As you see we now have a new website with a new look, so make sure you stop by and check out the photos, recordings and latest information on the festival.

Also, we are starting a mailing list for information about the festival. We will use this list to announce the 2018 Festival and to send out the Newsletter. Click here to sign up to the email list.

Yours in Jazz,
MJF Committee

How to Register

This year, the registration forms are fillable PDFs, which means you can type your details straight into the form on your computer before saving it and sending it to us by email or post. You can still download the forms from the website, then print them as blank forms and fill them in by hand if you wish – but typed information makes it easier for us to ensure we have all your correct information.

Registration Forms

Jazz Lover Registration
Musician Registration
Band Registration

What’s On

On Saturday morning, 10 June, join the throngs in the street or dress up and be part of the fun of the Jazz Festival parade through town. Then enjoy a singalong overlooking the lake before heading off to one of the venues.

If you are keen to hear some of the younger musicians don’t miss the Jazz Quest, held at the Lakeview Hotel on Saturday evening. The standard at this event is always extremely high and the talent breathtaking.

Sunday morning sees the return of the extremely popular ecumenical church service.

On Monday Club Sapphire will be hosting the Jazz Hatters Party (previously the Jazz Picnic) complete with a line up of toe tapping bands. While you are there check out the Jazz Art display. Each year our local artists produce some stunning artworks around the jazz theme with one chosen to be used as the basis for the following year’s poster. This year’s poster is based on the painting by Pam Collins. Colours for this year’s festival are orange, mid blue and red on white.

Check out our website for all registration details for 2017 (which are also included below). The Early Bird offer is once again available, so get in early and save.

We look forward to seeing you in Merimbula again in 2017.

Jazz Festival Ball CANCELLED

Following on from last year’s inaugural Jazz Festival Ball, held on the Thursday night prior to the start of the festival, we will once again hold another ball. It’s a black tie or jazz costume event, and if you love to dance, love the big band sound and enjoy a night of good food and cabaret then it’s not to be missed.

(click on the poster to see the full size image)

This year we are pleased to announce that the Festival Ball will be held on Thursday, 8 June at the Merimbula RSL Club, well-known for its high quality dining. So why not add an extra day onto your holiday and be part of this very special event where the Festival All Stars big band under the guidance of Paul Dion will be ready to get you up and dancing.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For the excellent value ticket price of $75pp, you will be treated to a 3 course meal while listening and dancing to some great music. Bookings can be made at the RSL Front Desk, or phone 02 6495 1502.

Jazz Quest 2017

Jazz Quest 2017 at the Lakeview Hotel will once again be part of the 37th Merimbula Jazz Festival. Open to musicians 25 years of age and under – great cash prizes will be up for grabs. See the website or below for details of how to enter.

If you want take part in this fantastic opportunity for young musos, make sure you tick the box on the Musician Registration Form. In addition, please send your details (name, instrument, mobile number, postal and email address) to Paul Dion at JazzQuest@merimbulajazz.org.au by 15th May. Paul may be contacted on 02 6495 7411 or 0408 545 859

Late Night ‘Bebop & Beyond’ Jam Session

The popular Jam Session will be on again in 2017, following the Jazz Quest on Saturday night and running through until 2am at the Lakeview Hotel. It’s a chance for musicians young and old to get together with like-minded players from around the country for some serious jamming. MC for the night will be Paul Dion.

Band Registration


Musician registration and payment must also be made by this date.
Unregistered musicians will not be included in the program.
Band registration is free, but individual band members must pay $10 to be registered as musicians.

Other Registrations

Jazz Lovers registration is $90 or Early Bird Special Rate $80 (if registered by 24 March 2017)
Musicians performing on Official Program $10
Musician’s Partner or Parent $40
University and TAFE students $40
School Children (to Year 12) FREE

Help us to make the festival as successful as possible by registering early – just complete the appropriate registration forms (or register online if you are a Jazz Lover) and send them off to us as soon as you can.

Venues for the 2017 Merimbula Jazz Festival


  • Merimbula RSL Club
  • Club Sapphire Merimbula
  • Twyford Hall
  • The Lakeview Hotel

Click here for more info about the venues


Thursday 8 June

  • The Jazz Festival Office in Twyford Hall will be open from 9am – 5pm for registrations, collection of badges and programs
  • Jazz Ball

Friday 9 June

  • Jazz Office opens at 9am and will be open until late to catch the weary travellers from afar and post any late program changes
  • Jazz Program commences at 5pm at all venues

Saturday 10 June

  • The traditional Festival Street Parade gets the mood pumping at 10:30am. Musicians assemble outside the Caltex Service Station at 10am
  • Jazz Program commences at 12 noon at all venues

Sunday 11 June

  • The Ecumenical Church Service is at 11:30am. Check your program for more information
  • Jazz Program commences at 12 noon at all venues

Monday 12 June

  • The Jazz Hatters Party is at Club Sapphire. As noted last year, this indoor event replaces the Jazz Picnic to avoid problems with inclement weather. The Club will run a FREE shuttle bus throughout the day and further details will appear in the Festival program book and on our website
  • Note that alcohol cannot be taken onto club premises and grounds, however there will be ample food and drink available for sale on the day

INSURANCE: Musicians are responsible for the storage and safe keeping of their instruments at all times. The Merimbula Jazz Festival Inc. is not liable for loss or damage to any musical instrument during the festival.

Thank you for your past support. We’re preparing for a terrific festival in 2017 so make your plans early, bring your family and friends along, and enjoy all the delights of Merimbula with a long weekend of Jazz in June.