The Twentieth

Australia, 1966


A record of the Twentieth Jazz Convention held in Sydney from December 26th to 31st, 1966. The main site of the convention was the Railways Institute but some bayside hotels, including the Coogee Bay Hotel, also became part of the scene. Includes some interesting shots of old inner Sydney streetscapes as well as the Opera House under construction. The first Jazz Convention was held in 1946 in Melbourne and features traditional jazz and blues music - 79 bands registered for this 20th convention. Performers included Graeme Bell, Nick Politis, Eric Richards, and the Original Australian Washboard Wackers. A must for lovers of jazz. Photography: Tom Cowan, Nigel Buesst.

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22 April 2019

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Nigel Buesst



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Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Sydney (N.S.W.) - Decription and travel


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

History → History

Music & Performing Arts → Jazz music

Music & Performing Arts → Music - Australia

Music & Performing Arts → Music appreciation

Music & Performing Arts → Music festivals

Music & Performing Arts → Musicians - Australia


Performance → Music - Performance

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




Black and White


16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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