International Jazz Day - Farewell to Viktor Zappner OAM

Published on 13 April 2022


Our International Jazz Day for 2022 marks the end of an era Saturday 30 April 7.30pm at the Burnie Town Hall.

Viktor Zappner will celebrate his last International Jazz Day (IJD) performance.

Viktor has been a driving force in the promotion of jazz on the north-west coast with his first IJD celebrated in Shearwater 10 year ago. Viktor’s love of music started early, growing up in a household filled with music, he began piano lessons at 10. He started his first band in 1949, and the rest as they say is history!

Viktor has a long Jazz history starting from his home country of Czechoslovakia in a time he has described as “one of the prominent Jazz eras”. In 1978, Viktor and his family left Czechoslovakia and arrived in Hobart. It was through a local musician that he was introduced to the local Jazz scene where he met many Jazz musicians and enthusiasts. He soon moved to Burnie where he set about introducing Jazz to North-West Tasmania. Viktor was actively involved with the Jazz Action Society from its founding in 1983 until it closed in 2011. He has been involved in the Devonport Jazz Festival serving as its Musical Director from 2011-2016. In addition, during this time he could often be found performing. Recognition of Viktor's passion for Jazz and his service to the North West coast came in 2013 when he was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Early this year Viktor was also named City of Burnie Senior Citizen of the year. 2022 marks a retirement from performing for Viktor, Burnie Arts wishes him well! Join us for an inspirational evening of Jazz, food and drink and an opportunity to farewell Viktor.

A note from Viktor...

"International Jazz Day occurs every year on April 30, created by UNESCO to highlight Jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people around the globe. “The first worldwide IJD celebration was in 2012. In that year the IJD concert at the Shearwater Country Club was one of only two IJD-related events in the whole of Australia (there were four in 2013). Ever since we celebrate it every year in the NW of Tasmania. In 2013 I put it into the Ulverstone Wharf, but from 2014 all those concerts are being staged at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. The first event was held in the Gallery 2014, 2015; Theatre 2016, 2017, 2018; Town Hall 2019, 2020 (which was postponed to 2021).

“2022 guest artist Paul Williamson is a prestigious saxophonist from Melbourne, Australia. Paul started his music career as a busy freelance musician. Paul has toured with popular groups Dire Straits, Black Sorrows, and Men at Work.

“Paul Williamson currently leads his own group the Paul Williamson Hammond Combo. The band has maintained many residencies in Melbourne (longest running at 22 years) and has toured extensively, including most Australian capital cities. The band has also performed at the following Festivals including; Apollo Bay Music Festival 2002, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Byron Bay Blues Festival to name a few".

PAUL WILLIAMSON from Melbourne on tenor/baritone saxophones and vocals
KELLY OTTAWAY – vibraphone
NICK HART – guitar

Cheese Platters Local Cheese from Heritage Cheeses with biscuits and fruit.
Suitable for 2-3 people
Cost $25
Pre Order your platter to enjoy on the night.
Our Bar will be operating throughout the evening.

For bookings and further information please visit or call the Burnie Arts & Function Centre Box Office on 03 6430 5850.