Sunday, 25 September 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:45pm


Drummer and band leader John Morrison formed Swing City with his business partner Roy Ferin in 1999 in preparation for playing the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony along with John’s brother James. The band continued on to become not only one of the premier big bands in Sydney, but one that John could use as a vehicle for mentoring and developing young talent.

In March 2022, Swing City embarked an Australian national tour playing 29 “Celebration of Swing” concerts in five states. For John Morrison, it was the opportunity of a lifetime and a long-held dream come true.

The Swing City big band features some of the best musicians in Australia plus fabulous vocalists Jacki Cooper and Gregg Arthur. The band’s sound is synonymous with the classic swing era and their repertoire pays tribute to the big bands, big band leaders, singers, composers and arrangers who defined the genre, including the hits of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

“Our performance at the Manly Jazz Festival this year will be a special moment in our history. Coming off the back of a national tour and celebrating 20 years of experience playing together, we are at our very best.”

(John Morrison)


$40 per person + GST + booking fee

You will be required to present your ticket on the day (mobile preferred) to gain access to the event.

Purchase tickets HERE

Frequently Asked Questions 


Can I purchase tickets on the day?

All tickets must be pre-purchased, no tickets will be sold at the venue. You can purchase tickets online up until the event start time (unless sold out prior).

Where will I be seated?

This event is general admission only, please arrive early to secure your seat.

How do I scan into the event?

Arrive at the venue with your tickets displayed on your smartphone. We also accept printed e-tickets.

What do I do if I have lost my ticket confirmation?

After purchasing your tickets, a confirmation page will load and you will automatically receive your tickets by email. This email will usually come through after a few minutes, however please keep an eye on your spam or junk mail if you have not received.

If you are certain that you have not received the confirmation email and payment has been finalised, please contact the Northern Beaches Council Events Team who will be able to check your details and reissue your tickets.

Refunds and Terms and Conditions

What happens if I cannot attend and/or change my mind? 

This event is non-refundable. No change of mind will be permitted, unless for the reasons stated below due to COVID-19.

What happens if the event is cancelled?

Northern Beaches Council reserves the right to cancel the event at any time if it considers it necessary and/or is in the interest of public safety due to any sort of dangerous conditions and/or force majeure. All cancellation notifications will be announced on the Northern Beaches Council event webpage, social media channels and ticketholder email.

We will do our best to reschedule the event. If we are unable to postpone, you will receive a full refund.

What if the event gets cancelled due to COVID-19?

If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 and alternate dates are unavailable, a full refund will be provided.


Taking into consideration the current NSW Health Orders, Northern Beaches Council has measures in place to ensure community safety.

It is at the patron’s discretion whether to wear a face mask to the event.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the Event and get tested for COVID-19.

A full refund will be issued where a COVID-19 test with a positive result within 7 days of Manly Jazz Directors Choice Concert is received and/or if awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Please contact the Northern Beaches Council Events Team –

Transport and access to the event 

Star of the Sea Theatre is located near the northern end of Manly Beach at Queenscliff, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Iluka Avenue. Parking is available at the northern end of the beach or in the surrounding streets. There will be limited street parking available. If you are driving, please allow plenty of time to find a parking spot. 

Check for transport options and changes.

Contact information

Northern Beaches Council
1300 434 434


Star Of The Sea, Stella Maris College
2 Iluka Avenue
Manly NSW 2095
Map of Manly Jazz Directors choice concert