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Festival Capers: Grace Knight

26 August 2014 | 10:24 pm | Staff Writer

"I’ll be playing with the Scream Big Band which is a real treat."

Artist name: Grace Knight

Festival playing at: 2014 Noosa Jazz Festival

Who are you looking forward to checking out there? Unfortunately I’m arriving up there on Sunday so I’m not going to be able to catch a lot of the other acts… It’s a great line-up this year with Emma Pask and Vince Jones and a host of other fantasti acts.

Have you had much experience playing at festivals in the past? Yeah, I do several festivals a year and have done so for pretty much as long as I can remember… at least for the last 25 years anyway.

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How will you change your set up compared to a normal gig? This year I’ll be playing with the Scream Big Band which is a real treat, so I’ll include songs that have great brass parts.

What five acts (past or present) would comprise your dream festival bill? I listen to a lot of jazz piano players so I guess we’d have to include Keith Jarrett and Oscar Peterson. Peter Gabriel has always been a favourite so let’s put him in. I listen to a bit of opera so maybe Maria Callas and I grew up on Motown, so Marvin Gaye. That’s a very strange line-up!

What have you got planned down the road? I have a very full calendar of live work for the next 12 months, and I’m in the middle of recording with my old band, Eurogliders. After that I’ll start work on my next solo album.