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.


Please note venues will have Covid-safe requirements. When booking tickets please make sure you understand the measures in place.

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Latest Past Events

Holly Moore Quintet

The Jazzlab 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street), Brunswick

After being awarded an ABC Jazz Composition Commission, in late 2023 Holly Moore released her first project, Reunion, to high acclaim.  She is an artist with a unique voice that speaks to new and exciting changes in Australian Improvised Music. Her compositions have been described as “majestic” (in a review in “The Age”). This concert features Holly Moore (soprano and alto saxophone), Matt Hoyne (guitar), Matt Steele (piano), Robbie Finch (double bass) and Luke Andresen (drums). 

$20 – $30

Diane Peters – Tamara Murphy Duo (Italy/Melbourne)

The Jazzlab 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street), Brunswick

On a visit from Italy, Diane Peters (harp and voice) reunites in a duo performance with Tamara Murphy (double bass) to perform a program of jazz-inspired originals and Afro American grooves and Improvisations, inspired by the styles of Alice Coltrane, and Anouar Brahem.

$20 – $30

Stephen Magnusson’s 50th birthday celebration

The Jazzlab 27 Leslie Street (off Brunswick Street), Brunswick

For this concert, Stephen Magnusson will be performing with his STOZ trio (which released a self-titled CD), featuring bassist Sam Anning, and longtime collaborator, the highly respected drummer, Dave Beck.

$20 – $30

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The 3PBS-FM Recording Project has been financially supported by Vorticity Music 

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Supporting artists in these interesting times

As concert performances slowly return, you can also support Australian artists by purchasing any of the steady stream of recently released albums. Bandcamp is recommended by many musicians because of its reasonable fee structure, and generous Bandcamp Fridays when they waive their revenue share.

And don’t neglect the rich array of past releases, or important classic albums, such as the late Mark Simmonds’ 1995 ARIA winner, Fire.

Keep up to date with news on the Melbourne and national jazz scenes via our Facebook, Twitter, or our regular eNewsletter.


MJC Editorial

MJC Editorial

This is a particularly bitter sweet weekend for jazz supporters, with “The Last Hurrah” of the slowly fading Wangaratta Festival, following the truly great success of the

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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.