About the Magnetic Jazz Association

The Great Tropical Jazz Party is a three-day festival, held each spring on World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef island of Magnetic Island in Tropical North Queensland. Magnetic Island is just 20 minutes by fast ferry from Townsville.


The Great Tropical Jazz Party was founded in 1997 by the late Max Brown, island resident, musician and teacher, in order to give local musicians and music lovers the opportunity to hear quality Jazz from artists who may not otherwise have traveled to what was once considered remote Queensland.


With a few "fellow travelers" Max formed The Magnetic Jazz Association and, using his broad musical network, the first group of top-line jazz musicians were enticed to the island to perform. The musicians then, as today, performed for no fee, and were simply enticed to the island for the opportunity to enjoy the balmy tropical ambience of Magnetic Island, while having a great time playing jazz with their peers.


The enthusiastic response from both musicians and audience was such that a second festival became inevitable. The word spread throughout the jazz community, as musicians from all over Australia as well as overseas, began to express a wish to be involved. The response to the second event guaranteed the third and the list of musicians wishing to be invited has continued to grow year-by-year since. The Great Tropical Jazz Party is now one of the major highlights on the Magnetic Island calendar. 


In 2001 the Great Tropical Jazz Party shifted to the more intimate atmosphere of the poolside at what was then known as the International Resort, but is now the All Seasons Magnetic Island Resort. In 2012 the Great Tropical Jazz Party will be held at Hotel Arcadia, opposite the beach at Geoffrey Bay, Arcadia, the perfect setting for cool jazz beneath the palms. Weekend packages ensure that guests have the opportunity to experience Jazz over five sessions that begin with the festival opening on Friday night and ending with an 'all in' jam session on Sunday evening. 


After fifteen annual festivals, it has become a ‘get-away’ for musicians who see it as an opportunity to catch up and perform with their peers. The intimate and informal tropical setting ensures that audiences are close enough to the action to fully appreciate and enjoy the quality of the performances.


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Magnetic Jazz Assoc Inc

President & Festival Director - Marilyn Sheather
[email protected]

Ph 07 4778 5918 Fax 07 4778 5913

13/106 Mandalay Ave Nelly Bay Queensland 4819

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