Jazz and Koalas on Magnetic Island 2021

It’s happening again!   Magnetic Island’s favourite jazz event is taking place on Sunday 22nd August 2021 at the beautiful foreshore location of Horseshoe Bay at Sandi’s Bar. 

The event was conceived by Body and Soul Music and Events’ CEO Sandra Beynon, to fill in some time while on holiday with London-based jazz singer, Trudy Kerr.

It raises money for the island’s koala hospital, hence the title of the event.

“We need all the money we  can get to help care for our little special friends on the island. Cars, illness and accidents mean they are brought into my vet clinic and we rely on donations and sponsorships to help us continue our work in returning them to good health where possible, and then releasing them into the wild once they are ready,” said Ali Bee of Magnetic Island Koala Hospital.

With international travel still not happening, regular Trudy Kerr won’t be able to fly in for some tropical fun, but long-time friend and festival organiser, Sandra Beynon, will be keeping her spot on the stage warm until better times come again.

Sandra is one of Australia’s most versatile singers, covering rock, country, pop, as well as jazz.

Having just appeared at Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival on 18th August, Sandra will again sing her Ella and Astrud Tribute repertoire.

Sandra will be accompanied by Townsville guitarist, Jeremy Hawker, who also teaches.

The inimitable Andrew Djaski will feature on flugelhorn and vocals, and his colleague and fellow island-dweller, Graham Morris, will be on the drums.

Look forward to meeting some up-and-coming players as Jeremy Hawker’s Guitar Studio students will take to the stage to strut their stuff.

“Entry is by donation – so make that a gold coin or a lovely bouncy polymer note – we’re grateful for anything,” said Ms Beynon.

No need to book – just swing by and enjoy the vibe and help out a good cause while you’re ther

Jazz and Koalas organiser Sandra Beynon with Trudy Kerr, and Ali Bee of Magnetic Island Koala Hospital.