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Don Burrows: A Celebration of Life Through Jazz

Join some of Australia’s greatest jazz musicians for a special tribute concert to the legendary Don Burrows. 

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | View Seat Map | Jazz

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  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • We strongly recommend that patrons over the age of 12 wear a face mask while attending a performance inside one of our venues.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 
  • Within venues, please adhere to our spaced seating plans and always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

Don Burrows: A Celebration of Life Through Jazz | Digital Season (Live)

Join us for the livestream of this special tribute concert to the legendary Don Burrows.

“...certainly whilst ever I'm around, we'll be teaching about what Don Burrows has meant to Australian jazz.”

James Morrison  


Join us as we celebrate a jazz legend

On the 12th of March an era of Australian music ended with the passing of the Australian jazz icon Don Burrows. Don’t miss this special tribute concert as we celebrate the life and music of a true national treasure.

Led by lifelong friend James Morrison, this memorable night will be hosted by Ray Martin and feature performances by the likes of Emma Pask, William Barton and more.

Get ready for all your favourite tunes as we commemorate Don's wonderful legacy through jazz.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Full show line up:
Judy Bailey – Piano - no longer appearing due to unforeseen circumstances
William Barton - Didgeridoo 
Andy Firth - Calrinet & Sax 
Paul Furniss - Clarinet 
Kevin Hunt – Piano
Ray Martin – MC
Paul McNamara - Piano
James Morrison – Trumpet, Bass Trumpet & Trombone 
John Morrison - Drums 
William Morrison - Guitar 
Emma Pask – Vocals
David Pudney – Double Bass
Gordon Rytmeister – Drums 
Craig Scott - Double Bass
Phil Stack – Double Bass
Special thanks to: 
ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation) 
Channel 9
James Morrison Enterprises
National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
National Gallery of Australia 
National Library of Australia 
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
SBS Television

Venue Information

In line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, seating is allocated to accommodate required spacing in each row. For this reason tickets will mostly be sold in multiples of two, however limited allocations of single tickets and odd numbered groupings of tickets will also be available. Tickets may also be sold in single seat patterns for certain events. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. For select shows, drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues. Please check specific event information closer to the performance date. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals.

An example of COVID safe seating with physical distancing

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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