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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Jazz At The Palms

The latest sensation which is adding an exciting sweet note to the local music scene is the fortnightly Jazz afternoons taking place on alternate Sundays on the deck at The Palms Restaurant and Bar.

Located at the Colonial Palms Motor Inn, these unique and intimate afternoons have generated a growing following among locals and tourists alike who enjoy the depth and complexity of jazz music.

The story began when Colonial Palm Managers, Greg and Nettie, approached locally highly acclaimed jazz musician, Nick Di Gregorio.

Thrilled to be given a platform to bring a new community of jazz musicians together, Nick has since brought visiting jazz musicians from as far afield as Melbourne, Townsville and Mackay, to play at these local events.

Having first picked up a guitar when he was 10, Nick’s talent was soon recognised and by the age of 15 he was studying at the Victorian College of Performing Arts.

After this, he attended the Western Australia Academy for Performing Arts where he specialised in jazz for three years.

Over the past 10 years Nick has played on cruise ships, gigged in London for five years and been the point person for Hamilton Island live music acts.

He has been a full-time musician since the age of 15 and luckily for the Whitsundays he is setting a life up here with his English partner and their six month old son.

You will find Nick performing at The Palms every other Sunday alongside a different visiting musician.

This Sunday he will be on guitar and vocals while special guest Clare Whitecombe will be on piano.

Come along this Sunday afternoon and enjoy a relaxing experience to the backdrop of stunning sea views from the deck, chilled drinks and delicious tapas.

WHAT: Afternoon of live jazz on the deck
WHERE: The Palms, Colonial Palms Motor Inn
WHEN: Sunday 14th April, from 3pm

Nick Di Gregorio hosts Live Jazz On The Deck at The Palms. Photo supplied

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