Jazz stars in festival

THE Stonnington Jazz Festival features hundreds of performers in an all-Australian program from May 16-26.

Well-known Jewish performers include pianist Dr Allan Zavod, who is playing with his trio at Cafe Latte in Toorak on May 22, and pianist Steve Sedergreen, who is leading a 10-member band in a show at Chapel Off Chapel on May 22.

And Bob Sedergreen has brought musicians from around Australia together in his Come Together Band, which is performing at Malvern Town Hall on May 23.

Three Jewish performers are appearing at the Globe Cafe in Chapel Street, Prahran, as part of the festival – Rita Satch, Tamara Kuldin and Fem Belling.

South African-born Belling, whose father is a renowned jazz pianist, is a vocalist and violinist who has performed on stage in Australia, Britain and South Africa and enjoys paying homage to the jazz greats. Backed by Joe Ruberto on keyboard, Belling is performing on Saturday, May 25.

Rita Satch has been building a reputation as a performer for merging jazz, soul and funk styles of music. She is performing on Thursday, May 16.

Tamara Kuldin has been performing for several years, bringing the sass and sophistication of the vintage era of music to her shows. She is performing with saxophonist Paul Williamson on Friday, May 17.

The Stonnington Jazz Festival is held at a variety of venues from May 16-26. Enquiries: www.stonningtonjazz.com.au and www.globecafe.com.au.

REPORT by Danny Gocs

PHOTO of Tamara Kuldin