• 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


the immediate future

Paul Williamson Quintet - CD launch

Paul Williamson Quintet (Melbourne/Perth) – CD Launch

Sunday 12 November   The Jazzlab – 27 Leslie St, Brunswick (off Brunswick Street) 

Trumpeter and composer Paul Williamson has established a reputation for producing distinctive recordings of his originals realised in outstanding ensemble performances. The launch of his eleventh CD, Finding the Balance (on Jazzhead), features long-time collaborators, with Perth-based Jamie Oehlers (tenor saxophone), Andrea Keller (piano), James McLean (drums) and Christopher Hale (acoustic bass guitar).

The original compositions and group aesthetic reflect Williamson’s desire to produce music with memorable themes that have the ability to take listeners on musical journeys. Expect mesmerising improvisations, spirited interaction and complimentary individual conceptions.

Tickets available online at The Jazzlab

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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Give a shout out for Adrian Jackson

Give a shout out for Adrian

Sunday 19 November @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Jazz Lab 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick (off Brunswick Street)

Adrian Jackson is best-known to most jazz followers in Australia as the founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s three major jazz festivals – Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues; and, Stonnington Jazz (as well as jazz critic with The Age newspaper for 20 years). In the past year he has had to deal with some adversity, including polyps on his vocal cords. With medical and other costs, the jazz community is coming together to return some of Adrian’s support over 30 years. With The Jazzlab provided without fee, the impressive list of artists includes the Julien Wilson Trio (with Stephen Magnusson and Stephen Grant), vocalists Michelle Nicole, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Illaria Crociani, Chris McNulty and Jacq Gawler; guitarist Doug DeVries; pianists Andrea Keller, Tony Gould, Sam Keevers, Bob Sedergreen and Jex Saarelaht; trumpeters Scott Tinkler and Eugene Ball; saxophonist Mirko Guerrini; bassists Tamara Murphy and Sam Anning, and drummer Ronny Ferella, among others. 
An online donation facility and a Silent Auction are being run in conjunction with the concert.

Tickets available online at The Jazz Lab

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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The not-too-distant future


19 November

Adrian Jackson benefit

26 November

Nick Haywood Trio (Melbourne / Hobart)

30 November

Paul Cornelius Trio & Freudian Sleep – Debuts

3-10 December

Melbourne Womens International Jazz Festival


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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