• 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

Origami - 2 CD launches

Origami – 2 CD launches

Sunday 18 February @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Jazzlab 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street)

Origami is led by Adam Simmons, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer (as well as Co-Artistic Director of Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues). Formed in 2010, Origami have performed at various festivals including Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival, Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival, Eltham Jazz Festival and The Village Festival. They performed their suite, The Usefulness of Art for the inaugural Peter Blizzard Memorial Concert at the Festival of Slow Music.

This is the Melbourne launch of two new CDs: Ornette, a tribute to jazz iconoclast, Ornette Coleman (recorded in 2017 by ABC Jazz at the Melbourne Recital Centre, including Adam’s son, Noah Simmons on drums); and, Wu Xing – The Five Elements – a new suite inspired by ancient Chinese philosophy, featuring Wang Zheng-Ting on sheng (Chinese mouth organ). Noah Simmons (drums) and Wang Zheng-Ting (sheng) will join Adam Simmons (alto sax/bass clarinet), Howard Cairns (acoustic bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums) to present music from these two projects.

Tickets available online at the The Jazzlab or at the door 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street)

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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James Sherlock Trio

James Sherlock Trio

Sunday 25 February @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm The Jazzlab 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street)

Winner of the Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award (1997) and nominated for the Freedman Fellowship in 2005, Melbourne guitarist James Sherlock has toured internationally in his duo with vocalist Kristin Berardi (including performances in New York and a European tour).

He has recorded several Trio albums over the past decade, and is joined in this performance by regular collaborators, bassist Ben Hanlon and drummer Danny Fischer.

Hanlon, who works in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Hue Blanes Trio, performed with Sherlock in a sell-out duo show at The Salon in April.

The trio will perform a mixture of Sherlock’s originals and select standards. See

Tickets available online at the The Jazzlab or at the door 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street)

Tickets $20 / $15 concession

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The not-too-distant future


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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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