People of all ages came down to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre last Friday for the weekly Green Jam session. Hundreds of families and friends gathered to enjoy this communal Friday afternoon picnic. Young children danced on the grass as older folks dozed–off in lounge chairs, others had a few Friday afternoon beers with friends. It was the perfect day for it as well with the music starting as the sun set over South Bank’s picturesque setting.

Each week features a number of talented students from the Queensland Conservatorium, performing for free for the crowds. This week featured the Luke Cuerel Quartet playing a number of standard jazz tunes. The band line up included Luke Cuerel on saxophone, Sam Maguire on bass, Euan Cumming on keyboard and Dan Hirsch on drums. The quartet kept the crowd entertained for hours playing tunes from the likes of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane, as well as some original compositions.

The casual, laid-back atmosphere blended well with the easy-listening jazz music. The Green Jam Sessions is the perfect place to start your weekend. The venue generously provides ample seating, lounge chairs and picnic rugs, taking all the hassle out of carting around your own picnic set up. But if you want a good seat I would advise coming in a bit early, as the best lounging spots seemed to go quickly.


There was beer, wine and cocktails on offer. Many people brought their own picnic food along to the event. But if you’re like me, and not that forward thinking on a Friday afternoon, the Green Jam Grill offers some seriously tasty and reasonably priced food options. Including the popular spiced chicken wings, bratwurst hot dogs with chutney and grilled Haloumi with salsa verdi and ciabatta.

The Green Jam Sessions will run every Friday from 5:00pm till 10 May.

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