• SPEEDBALL (Perth/Melbourne) – Debut

    Dynamic long-running Perth group Speedball was a jewel in the Perth jazz scene until its members were scattered across the globe (two studying in the USA, one based in London, and others relocating to Melbourne and New York)... read more


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Eugene Ball Quartet

Eugene Ball Quartet

Sun 20th August @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm  JazzLab 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick (off Brunswick Street)

You may recall trumpeter Eugene Ball from performances with bands that include the Andrea Keller Quartet, the Allan Browne Quintet, the Australian Art Orchestra, the Hoodangers and many, many more.

Ever so occasionally, when Eugene Ball thinks no one is listening, he steps out of the shadows to assume the narcissistic role of bandleader. Fortunately, on these occasions, James McCauley (trombone), James McLean (drums), and Mick Meagher (electric bass) have the decency to humor Eugene’s delusions with great generosity and delicacy.

This performance follows their highly successful show at the Perth International Jazz Festival in May, and will present new songs as well as some from their debut album, Hi(gh) Curious, which can be found lurking at

Tickets available online at JazzLab

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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Tripataka - CD launch

Water pushes sand (China / Australia)

Tuesday 22 August @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm  JazzLab 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick (off Brunswick Street)

Water Pushes Sand is a brilliant work by Brisbane-based composer/keyboardist Erik Griswold, which combined musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra with all-star musicians and performers of Chengdu, Sichuan to create a wild and beautiful intercultural celebration by fusing Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation.

Sichuan culture is unique in China, and its music combines colours from rustic country folk, street songs and a cacophony of gongs and cymbals. It is more like blues or early rock and roll than classical music.

Following its great success at the 2015 Melbourne Festival and OzAsia in Adelaide in 2015, the 10-piece ensemble, features three Chinese musicians, as well as Singapore-based expatriate saxophonist Tim O’Dwyer.

Tickets available online at JazzLab

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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About us

The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting original live jazz performance by established and emerging artists in Melbourne. Since 1983 our objectives have been to increase the exposure of contemporary jazz performance by making it accessible to audiences, and to provide award waged performance opportunities for emerging andestablished artists.
In addition to support derived from member contributions, the MJC is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, via its Arts
Development Programs, and by APRA/AMCOS.

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The MJC is funded not only through state and federal programs, but also by contributions garnered through membership. In addition, we use our membership numbers to demonstrate to funding and governing bodies that live, original jazz performance is an important and valued artform. Annual membership is available in four tiers: Gold level is $75, Silver level is $30 ($20 concession), Bronze level (for musicians) is $10, and Student Discount level is just $5. Membership benefits include free entry for one MJC performance by a Victorian act, concession entry to all MJC performances, special member deals on selected events, and regular giveaways through the e-newsletter.

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