Melbourne Polytechnic Jazz Masterclass Series

Trumpeter Eugene Ball, with associate artists Andrea Keller, Stephen Magnusson, Tony Floyd and Tamara Murphy, will present a series of four jazz improvisation masterclasses at Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield Campus. The sessions will run from 10:30am – 12:30pm, Sundays March 5, 12, 19 and 26. The series is open to high school students of any instrument, but only twelve applicants can be accepted. Content will focus on methods of practicing improvisation, as well as materials to expand vocabulary. For more information, email eugeneball@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

Andy Ross Benefit

A benefit for bassist, Andy Ross, will be held at the Lomond Hotel in Brunswick East on Saturday February 18 from 3pm. An integral player in Melbourne’s jazz and roots scenes, Andy has been largely out of action of late due to health challenges. Contributing bands include: Ultrafox, the Band Who Knew Too Much, the Syncopators, the Stretchopolitans, Virus, Alex Burns, Yolanda II Band, Sam Linton-Smith, the Four Scoops, and more. $20 ($15 concession) minimum contribution.

Bennetts Lane to Close

Iconic jazz club, Bennetts lane, is set to close its doors (until it moves to new digs) of February 8, 2017. The MJC has enjoyed and long and fruitful relationship with the club, and looks forward to its re-opening in the CBD at an unknown future date. Until then, the MJC will continue to present at a variety of venues across Melbourne.

Melbourne Big Band Festival

The Melbourne Big Band Festival is excited to be giving away 2 festival passes to a lucky customer for the inaugural festival this February 11-12! The pass will include access to the main stage, market area, bar and all musical acts for the entire festival. To win, simply email mbbfest@gmail.com with your name and contact details! Don’t miss your chance to get to see Australia’s hottest new jazz festival! Featuring over 200 musicians, a huge market place, cd stalls and more!