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Manly Jazz Festival – it’s Jubilation Time!

This year Jubilation celebrated it’s 25th birthday and though there have been hundreds of members over the last 25 years (many of whom are spreading joy and music across land and sea), the heart and soul of this incredible vocal group in which I have had the privilege of being part of for the last 10 years, is none other than the incredible Joy Yates and our musical director extraordinaire Dave MacRae.

It is fitting to announce Jubilation will be playing Manly Jazz Festival this Sunday 6th October 2019  at 1:30pm on the Beachside Arena stage – the same stage and arena that saw the inception of Jubilation all those moons ago. So be sure to come down and enjoy, enjoy the Jubilation, come celebrate your love in carnival! Can’t wait to Oceania Roll with you all – here’s to another 25 years of Joyful Jubilation!


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Happy 21st Birthday Jubilation!

It’s exactly 1 week since celebrating Jubilation’s momentous 21 years of existence and I am still revelling in the honour of sharing the stage with so many amazing and talented vocalists. To our fearless leader Joy Yates, thank you for your love and devotion and the 21 years of blood, sweat, tea, cake, joy and music that’s gone into making Jubilation what it is today. Thank you for your foresight and your continual investment and building of young singers to maturity. To our musical director, maestro Dave MacRae, we would be lost without you – there would be no music, no songs, no melodies, no rhythm, no harmony, no singing without you ever constant presence and tinkling.

Here’s to another 21 years of Jubilation!

Come and continue the celebrations at the Manly Jazz Festival as Jubilation spreads the joy Sunday 5 October 2014, 1:30pm, Beachside Arena.


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September is BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the first tastes of Spring! September is BIRTHDAY month and I wanted to invite you all to come and celebrate with me this Sunday 21/9/14 at The Basement for a gig that rivals all gigs. I’ve been a member of the jazz/gospel group JUBILATION for some time and this year Jubes celebrates it’s 21st year! So what better way to celebrate two joyous occasions than with one big night of awesome music =)

Here are the details –

Date: 21 September 2014
Time: Doors open 6pm, show at 7:30pm (2nd set: 9pm)
Place: The Basement, 29 Reiby Pl, Circular Quay
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Looking forward to sharing the wonderful music of JUBILATION and having a celebratory birthday drink with you all!

For those who have never experienced the joy of Jubilation here’s a little blurb to wet your appetite …

Jubilation was formed in 1993 by Joy Yates, as a platform to develop emerging vocal talent, a plan which has enjoyed well deserved success, evidenced by the number of jubilant singers who are currently active in today’s music scene.
With Dave MacRae as musical director, 21 years on, this extraordinary, contemporary jazz/gospel vocal group continues it’s amazing journey.
To quote one reviewer; “From the moment they took the stage, Jubilation was in complete crowd control, delivering one powerhouse performance after another; as close as many of us will get to hearing angels sing. Led by the incredible Joy Yates, diminutive in stature only, the combination of great singers and the Dave MacRae Band, was an uplifting and inspirational experience. They had us all eating out of their hands!”

Among the many credits are, Carols in the Domain, The Basement, Rugby at The House, Manly International Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Montana International Jazz Festival Tauranga, New Zealand, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Kiama Jazz Festival, Australian Launch of “We will rock you”, the MTV Awards 2007 with Evermore at The Enmore Theatre, In Concert with Idea of North at The Riverside Theatre 2009, State Theatre, special guests with Earth Wind and Fire at the Tauranga Jazz Festival in 2012, and in 2013,
The Duets Concert with Leo Sayer and Joy Yates at The Capitol Theatre.
Guests on Frankie Miller/ Elton John CD for 2014 release.
and a DVD, “SPREAD THE JOY, Live at the Zenith Theatre”.

Aptly named, JUBILATION continues to uplift and inspire the audience.

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