How Cool Are You?: Jazz By The Beach Festival


You think you’re pretty cool but you’re not sure if you can sit through a whole evening of jazz. Or maybe you’re confused about all the different types of jazz. Here’s your chance. A smorgasbord of world-class jazz is happening in Scarborough on August 27th and 28th, and half of the events are free.

Jazz Festival returns

Thanks to the City of Stirling and the Scarborough Beach Association, Perth’s premier Winter jazz music festival returns for a second year. A collection of WA’s hottest musical talents will be bringing their world-class jazz performances to Scarborough Beach for one weekend.

The 2022 program features over 50 jazz musicians performing across 10 venues located along the Scarborough Beach foreshore.

Jazz by the beach

“Audiences just loved that New Orleans French Quarter feel….with jazz spilling onto the streets, and where visitors can easily walk from one venue to another,” she said. “There’s something really unique and special about holing up at one of Scarborough’s cosey venues to enjoy an incredible jazz performance full of heat and sizzle,” said Festival Founder and Director Catherine Summers.

Here’s just a taste of what’s on offer:

1. Gin and Jazz Legends’ at The Scarborough Beach Bar with the Adam Hall Trio.

2. Have an Ocean View Lunch ‘Beyond The Sea’ with multi award-winning jazz vocalist Simone Craddock at Zoie Cafe.

3. Get a bit fun and fanciful with ‘Jazz Party! In the Style of Postmodern Jukebox’ with Claire Fahie and her phenomenal band as they make their festival debut.

4. Jazz diva Catherine Summers will be performing at the highlight event, ‘A Swinging Gatsby Jazz Soiree with Catherine Summers’ New Orleans Nine’ in the Ballroom at The Rendezvous Hotels’ Diamond Lounge. This full brass 9-piece band will take you back in time to the swinging 1920s with enigmatic Catherine Summers at the helm showcasing a mix of New Orleans standards and modern in a 20s style. This is one not to miss!

Jazz by the beach

“Our first year was in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, so it’s exciting to bring back Jazz by the Beach and showcase these incredible acts without restrictions and providing a much-needed boost to a struggling local arts scene,” said Summers.

There’s a range of free and ticketed events to cater for a range of times and moods, from brunch to lunch, afternoon into sundowner, an evening party or a black-tie event. Tickets and the full program are available at

August 27 and 28, 2022.


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