The trumpets, saxophones, guitars and pianos of the Illawarra are tuned and ready for the 29th annual Illawarra Autumn Jazz Festival this weekend.

From tomorrow until Sunday (1 – 3 May), the Illawarra will be treated to a showcase of over 20 jazz bands from across the region and country, at the Corrimal Hotel and Corrimal Uniting Church.

Illawarra Jazz Club president, Shelley Rae King, said the music talent in this year’s line up was an opportunity not to be missed.

“It’s just full on, all day and all night…it’s a really fun weekend,” Ms King said.

“It’s a cheap, family-friendly thing to do. A full weekend pass is only $75 for non-members [$60 for members] and kids under 18 are free.”

Corrimal Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Karen Lepard, said she was a regular supporter the Illawarra Jazz Club’s events, including the Festival.

“The wonderful thing about the Jazz Festival is that it also introduces you to a whole range of genres of music. You enjoy it live, with great talent performing…it’s a great thing for our community,” she said.

A full program of the event can be found here.

The Illawarra Jazz Club is a non-profit organisation that promotes the local performance and appreciation of jazz. It meets every Saturday at the Corrimal Hotel between 3:30 – 6:30pm for a weekly jazz music session, free of charge. All are welcome.