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The MJC also recommends SIMA’s Jazz:NOW season.

Beautifully shot studio performances are paired with bonus vintage footage from the Australian jazz documentary The Pulse and features iconic artists including The Necks, Barney McAll, Darren Percival, Scott Tinkler.

Opening the season on Saturday June 6, National Jazz Award-winning bassist and Thirsty Merc rocker Phil Stack meets celebrated jazz and soul vocalist Virna Sanzone (followed by the Bernie McGann Trio with Sandy Evans and the Mike Nock’s Big Small Band).

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Burke-Gould Quartet (Melbourne/Hobart)

Sun 16th August @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Saxophonist Rob Burke (tenor sax & bass clarinet) and piano master Tony Gould, with their rhythm team of bassist Nick Haywood (now based in Tasmania, Hobart) and drummer Tony Floyd, have played together for more than 20 years, touring nationally and internationally. They will perform some new compositions, as well select works by jazz composers.

Unbroken Trio – Debut + Joe O’Connor (Solo)

Sun 23rd August @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Led by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, the Unbroken Trio plays original music that focuses on the collective sound of the ensemble. | Stimulating pianist/composer Joe O’Connor, winner of the 2013 National Jazz Piano Award and recipient of the 2016  PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commis

Laurence Pike (Sydney) – CD Launch + Aviva Endean (Solo) – Debut

Sun 30th August @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Acclaimed clarinetist Aviva Endean performs the first set. | Sydney percussionist/composer Laurence Pike returns to Melbourne to launch Prophecy – his third solo album in as many   years for the UK’s Leaf Label, following Distant Early Warning (2018), and last year’s acclaimed Holy Spring.

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The Melbourne Jazz Co-Op

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 and established artists. Read more about how we are funded.


Editorial 13 December 2019

Editorial 13 December 2019

The MJC is commencing its 38th. year of Annual Programs, which has been staged throughout every year since January 1983. However, as you can see, while there are some familiar artists in the program, we are continuing to introduce new artists too.

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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.