• 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

Johannes Luebbers Dectet

Sunday, 23 April, 2 pm at St. Stephen’s Church, 360 Church Street (between Swan and Bridge) Richmond

Winner of the 2011 ‘Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year’ (Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards) and the 2011 ‘Jazz Work of the Year’ (APRA/AMC Art Music Awards), Johannes Luebbers has established himself as one of Australia’s most interesting jazz composers. Graduating from WAAPA in 2006, Luebbers studied arranging with Graeme Lyall. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards, and has also released two albums with the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD), which was established in 2007. Following a move to Melbourne in 2016 Luebbers has established an ‘east coast’ version of the ensemble, with some of Melbourne’s leading improvisers. This performance will feature the chamber jazz sound JLD is known for in the beautiful acoustic of St Stephen’s Church, with performers Paul Williamson (trumpet), Angela Davis (alto sax), Michael Wallace (tenor sax), Andrew Murray (trombone), Emily Thomas (flute), Rachel Curkpatrick (oboe/Cor Anglais), Nicole Dixon (French horn), Joseph O’Connor (piano), Isaac Gunnoo (bass), and Aaron McCullough (drums).

Tickets available online with Trybooking

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MJC Collective

Saturday 29 April. 8.30 p.m.

This is a Collective group, formed from all bandleaders (and composers), to highlight the work undertaken by the MJC. It was an initiative of tenor saxophonist Mirko Guerrini, who moved to Melbourne from Italy). Drummer Niko Schauble, guitarist Stephen Magnusson and trumpeter Stephen Grant are all long-time veterans of Melbourne’s jazz scene, while bassist Sam Anning, pianist Joe O’Connor and trombonist James Macaulay are younger members of the ensemble. Three of the members are winners of the prestigious National Jazz Award (Magnusson, O’Connor and Anning). The purpose of the Collective is to perform original compositions, and to showcase some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz musicians. For their third performance, they will be expanding their repertoire of all originals written and specifically arranged for the group by Mirko Guerrini and other members.

 @ Uptown Jazz Café, upstairs, 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

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The not-too-distant future


Mike Nock – Stephen Magnusson – Julien Wilson

More info soon!

More info soon!

More info soon!


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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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