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Manly Jazz 2024

Jazz on the beach and much more in northern Sydney

Dates: September 20–22, 2024

Manly Jazz
Manly Jazz

Manly Jazz is a popular annual festival held in Manly, a northern Sydney waterfront suburb accessible by ferry from the city. Over three days, Manly Corso, the main pedestrian street, the scenic Manly beach, and various indoor venues throughout the town are filled with top-quality music and entertainment.

Festival Highlights

This year, Manly Jazz marks its 47th anniversary. Renowned for its beautiful location, stellar lineup of local and international musicians, and laid-back beach vibes, the festival promises three days of toe-tapping, finger-snapping, and soul-stirring melodies that transport attendees to a world of musical magic. During in-venue concerts, visitors can enjoy food, drinks, and relax to soothing jazz tunes. The festival also provides an opportunity for local school bands to perform, offering unique concerts throughout the festival's days.


Manly Jazz features four stages and live performances from over 70 artists. Thousands of jazz lovers arrive from across Australia to see both established and novice jazz bands showcasing their talents. The festival's lineup includes a diverse range of genres, from classical jazz to funk, gospel, Latin, fusion, blues, swing, roots, and world music.

Manly Jazz Dates

Manly Jazz Festival returns this year for three days of music on Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22.


Manly Jazz is non-ticketed and free to attend. Visitors are encouraged to bring their enthusiasm, love for music, and dancing shoes.

Festival History

Held since 1977, the Manly Jazz Festival pays tribute to jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with special performances in their honor. Previous festival lineups have featured renowned artists such as Australian trombonist Dan Barnett, bassist Rodney Whitaker, guitarist Ray Beadle, jazz violinist George Washingmachine, and bands like Crawfish Po Boys, Cumbiamuffin, and Queen Porter Stomp.

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