WollCon Jazz Festival

Event Details
The inaugural WollCon Jazz Festival will feature some of the biggest names in Australian Jazz past and present! 

The line-up includes legendary saxophonist Sandy Evans OAM who’ll be playing with Freyja Garbett’s “Music From the Waves” a multi-movement suite combining electro-acoustic sonic palettes to encapsulate and audiate the synthesis between Freyja Garbett’s two great loves; music and surfing. 

With Sandy on saxophones, these ambient, and rhythmically complex compositions empower the band to drastically manipulate the music live on stage. Each performance is fresh and invigorating. 

WollCon Jazz Festival performers include Sandy Evans and Freyja Garbett.

You’ll experience Chris Field’s Afro-Indian Jazz Collective which features an all-star line up including legendary artists Sandy Evans OAMJames Greening (The Catholics, Mara), Lucy Clifford (Jann Rutherford Award) and Indian percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah (UK).
Chris’s compositions draw on his years of intense study and involvement with the traditions of India, The Caribbean & The Americas. With the “Collective” he furthers his efforts to blend these rich musical traditions into a unique improvising language

Chris Fields

Melbourne bassist Tamara Murphy will also lead her innovative Spirograph Studies ensemble. Cinematic and dream-like, the ensemble uses influences from post-rock, minimalism and neo-classical musical styles to create their live, genre-bending soundtrack.
Their albums have been shortlisted for Music Victoria awards, featured on The Best Jazz on Bandcamp list (October 2021), Album of the Week on ABC Jazz and the single ‘Anteloper’ was one of the Top Tracks on Feature Sounds (PBS Radio).


This exciting new WollCon Festival will showcase the next generation of jazz stars with performances from the prestigious  Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra under the direction of David Theak.  Since its beginning in the 70’s this band has produced some of the most prominent musicians in Australia.
Additionally, Jazz Workshop Australia and local student groups from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, Smith Hill High School and all ensembles from the award winning WollCon Jazz Program, will perform in various rooms and spaces around the WollCon campus at Gleniffer Brae.


WollCon Student Jazz Ensembles & School Jazz Bands – 11am-4pm

Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, Dave Theak director – 12pm (1 show)

Chris Fields Afro Indian Jazz Collective – 12:45 and 1:45 sets
(Generously supported by Benjamin & Dawson Lawyers)

Sydney Conservatorium’s ConVerge – 1:15 (1 show only)

Tamara Murphy Spirograph Studies – 1:30 and 2:30 sets

Freyja Garbett Music from The Waves – 4pm (1 show only)


General – $35
Concession – $30
(Pensioner and concession card holders).
Parent/Family – $25 (Parent/family relation of student performer).
Student/Over 12 – $15 (Uni/high school student or child over 12 years).

( Ticket price allows access to all shows.  Headline shows have limited indoor seating but face outwards to the lawn area.  If you have special considerations and need to ensure a seat indoors for a particular performance, please email WollCon directly at [email protected] )

Jazz Festival