Cabaret big part of jazz festival

TED Cowley is hoping to attract a crowd of 200 to the Jazz Cabaret with the Caxton Street Jazz Band on July 17 at the Allora Community Hall.

Mr Cowley started the Jazz Cabaret to raise funds for the Allora showgirl entrants.

The event is in its eighth year and while it is now part of the Jumpers and Jazz Festival, it has been going longer than the annual festival.

“In the first year, Bill and Sue Goddard helped me bring the band to Allora as they were coming to the area for Bill's 70th birthday party,” Mr Cowley said.

“The Jazz Cabaret was first held in November but the weather was too hot and is now in July each year.”

More than $20,000 has been raised at the past seven jazz cabarets for the Allora showgirls.

Mr Cowley said the Allora Show Society had taken the onus off the showgirls to raise funds.

“The charity side of the showgirl quest is non-competitive,” Mr Cowley said.

“The show society has two general showgirl fundraisers each year, the Jazz Cabaret and Dalrymple Duck Race on Australia Day.

“The two Allora Showgirl entrants we have so far will be at the Jazz Cabaret on July 17.”

The Caxton Street Jazz Band has been in operation for 35 years.

The keyboard player has relatives on the Southern Downs.

“They play regularly at the Brisbane Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point,” Mr Cowley said.

A patchwork quilt has been made by Marion Denny, of Allora, in memory of the late Sue Cowley who served Allora and Warwick local authorities for 25 years.

The quilt is being raffled and will be drawn on the night with proceeds going to Cancer Council Queensland.

The Jazz Cabaret starts at 6pm on July 17 with a hot roast and admission is $45 adults and $10 children.

Tickets can be bought from Allora Butchery on 46663355 or from Warwick Tourism and Events at the Warwick Town Hall.

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