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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Hector Harley Quartet – Debut

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

Tenor saxophonist Hector Harley is bringing his new quartet to The Jazzlab for the very first time, performing two sets of original contemporary music accompanied by some of Melbourne’s most in demand “next gen” musicians: James Bowers (piano), Monty Shnier (double bass) and Lewis Pierre (drum kit).

$20 – $30

Matt Hoyne’s Ghost Songs and Human Songs

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

Guitarist Matt Hoyne brings a new quintet to the MJC Series at The Jazzlab to present a collection of original music to be performed by a stellar line-up of Melbourne’s most creative improvisers. Collaborating with Matt Hoyne (guitar) are Niran Dasika (trumpet), Flora Carbo (alto saxophone), Sam Anning (bass) and Lewis Pierre (drums).

$20 – $30

Kingston/Schwing/Houston/Robb (Tasmania) – Debut

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

Kingston/Schwing/Houston/Robb is a new quartet of Tasmanians led by guitarists Damien Kingston and Julius Schwing, along with Hamish Houston on double bass and Tom Robb on drums. The group primarily explore Damien and Julius’s original compositions, which are vehicles for their uncanny ability to sound like one giant guitar together.

$20 – $30

Katie Noonan: Solo

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

(The MJC Series is interrupted by this concert) Katie Noonan (vocals) will be exploring songs from across her career in a stripped-back setting.


Puza/Banks Quartet

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

The dynamic blend of modern jazz and groove-based tunes crafted by co-leaders tenor saxophonist Julian Banks and guitarist Onur Puza will be realised with the outstanding and highly experienced rhythm team of Philip Rex on double bass and Felix Bloxsom on drums.

$20 – $30

James O’Brien Quintet – Debut

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

Yet another rising talent from the fertile Perth jazz scene, pianist James O'Brien makes his MJC debut with an all- original program – featuring the premiere performance of his 'Toward Dawn Suite' – delivered by his dynamic new quintet. Joining James O'Brien (piano) are Jayden Blockley (tenor saxophone), Craig Fermanis (guitar), Umar Zakaria (double bass) and Luke Andresen (drums).

$20 – $30

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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.

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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.