• 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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Sun 10 September @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm  JazzLab 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick (off Brunswick Street)


Drawing inspiration from the sensibilities of pop lyricism and melody, Refraction melds the various colours of contemporary jazz composition and improvisation together into a compelling musical soundscape. Centered around drummer and leader Chris Broomhead’s compositions, the trio celebrates the sanctity of simplicity, upholding the primacy of a song’s melody whilst leaving space for collective ensemble interaction and improvisation. The group is Chris Broomhead (drums), Brenton Foster (piano) and Jordan Tarento (acoustic bass). Their debut album As We Were was released in March 2015 and was nominated as a finalist in the top five of The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards 2015 for Best Jazz Album.

Tickets available online at The Jazz Lab

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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Tripataka - CD launch

Chris Young Quartet and friends

Sunday 17 September @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Jazz Lab 27 Leslie Street Brunswick

After the success of his 2011 album, Brood Groove (on Move), the Christopher Young Quartet released a new CD, Atmospheros (also on Move) last year. The album received a 4-and–a-half stars review from John Shand in The Sydney Morning Herald. With its ECM sensibility, it was also released in Poland and Germany, where Young has performed over many years. With tunes form that album and more recent material, the emphasis will be on the multi-instrumental woodwind skills of Young, on bass clarinet, clarinet, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute and shakuhachi. He will again team up with the Hobart-based bassist Nick Haywood, and his other long-time colleague, guitarist Tom Fryer, together with newer member Daniel Brates (drums). Special guests over the concert are tow other long-time associates in Anne Norman (shakuhachi) and Tony ’Tok’  Norris (trumpet).

Purchase tickets online or at the door The Jazz Lab

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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The not-too-distant future


24 September

Tony Gould Quartet

28 September

Red Triangle and Angela Davis Trio

1 October

Ted Vining Trio

8 October

Nick Hempton Band


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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