MJC Collective (Debut)
Saturday March 25, Uptown Jazz Cafe
This is a Collective group formed mainly from bandleaders (and composers), to highlight the work and opportunities provided by the MJC.
It was an initiative of tenor saxophonist Mirko Guerrini, who (like some other Collective members) moved to Melbourne from Italy after several annual visits here (when he performed for the MJC) because of the strong jazz scene here. Drummer Niko Schauble migrated here around three decades ago, and has been a key creative contributor to Melbourne’s jazz scene, while bassist Sam Anning has been an ubiquitous figure since relocating from Perth (via a substantial stint in New York).
Other members are guitarist Stephen Magnusson, trombonist James Macaulay and trumpeter Stephen Grant.
This premiere performance is a special occasion to showcase some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz musicians in one ensemble. For this concert they will perform new originals written and specifically arranged for the group by Mirko Guerrini.