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As the October long weekend has come and gone so too has the 42nd annual Manly Jazz music festival.
Locals, Sydneysiders, and visitors from afar amerced themselves in a range of diverse music from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots all the way down The Corso and along iconic Manly beachfront.
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan was rapt with the success of this year’s event.
“It has been a great weekend of world-class music. The fun atmosphere was enjoyed by people who came from all over, many from overseas. The group swing dancing was a hit and it was great to watch people up on their feet, putting the moves they had learned from the free swing lessons into action,” Mayor Regan said.
“We also saw people dancing on the beachfront. Hot Potato undoubtedly stole the show on Monday morning kicking off the day with their all-acoustic line-up. Their songs which fuse a blend of Pop, Funk, Ska, Reggae with the classic sounds of New Orleans brass bands brought the crowd to their feet and had them dancing in the streets early.
“It was also a great opportunity for students to show off their musical skills with 30 school bands across Sydney participating.
“Fortunately, the weather held up and there were crowds at all the major stages. We should have an accurate idea of crowd numbers in the next few days.”