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Christopher Hale “Archeopsychic” (Melbourne/Sydney) – Premiere

Sun 24th November @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Beautiful, mysterious, ritualistic and powerful music with emotional melodies and a complex, absorbing rhythmic spiritualism. Joining Hale are a group of close friends, all rhythmic masters and exciting improvisors: James McLean (drumset), Leigh Fisher (electronic drums), Theo Carbo (guitar) and in a special appearance from Sydney, saxophonist/percussionist Sam Gill.

hilary geddes

Hilary Geddes Quintet – debut

Sun 1st December @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Young Sydney guitarist/composer Hilary Geddes is the 2019 recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award to assist the career of a young woman jazz instrumentalist. This Award is enabling this tour, and will facilitate her debut album of all-originals.


Stoneflower – CD Launch

Fri 6th December @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This special performance is the official launch of Stoneflower's second album, co-presented by the Melbourne Jazz Co-Operative and the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival.

Nat Bartsch

Nat Bartsch ‘Lullaby’ Sextet & Melbourne Amplified Strings

Sun 8th December @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Melbourne pianist Nat Bartsch composes ethereal, gentle music that explores the space between jazz and classical genres. In 2017 Nat became a mother and launched her ‘Lullaby Project’, inspired by Max Richter’s Sleep and the children’s genre-crossing of the Teeny Tiny Stevies. Influenced by music therapy research and her son’s stages of development, Nat composed a series of pieces designed to encourage babies to sleep. Equally importantly, the music is intended to be soothing for adults—for if the whole family…

Dave Wilson Quintet (New Zealand/Melbourne) – debut

Sun 15th December @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

American tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Dave Wilson debuts for the MJC, joined by Eugene Ball (trumpet), Geoff Hughes (guitar), Tamara Murphy (bass) and Miles Henry (drums). Based in New Zealand since 2016, Dave built his career in Los Angeles in jazz, world music, and commercial music.

Niran Dasika

Niran Dasika’s Banff Quartet (Melbourne/Adelaide – premiere

Sun 22nd December @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

For this performance Dasika will be collaborating with fellow Banff Centre alumni Flora Carbo (alto sax) and Adelaide drummer Kyrie Anderson, joined by Sam Anning (bass) to explore the legacy of the chordless quartet in Australia and abroad. They will perform originals by Dasika and Carbo, as well as some material by the late David Ades and Scott Tinkler.

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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 2 November 2019

Editorial 2 November 2019

While the Wangaratta Festival is in recession this year, two interstate festival events which were timed to coincide with it – the Perth International Jazz Festival and the Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival – are both offering strong programs, with several international and interstate artists.

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Editorial 18 October

It seems very strange to be coming up to the Melbourne Cup weekend, and not preparing to go to Wangaratta for the Festival. In the absence of the Festival, some industry people have taken the initiative and organised a mini-jazz festival over the Cup weekend at Memo Hall in the historic St. Kilda RSL.

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Editorial 4 October 2019

Editorial 4 October 2019

Having been a Judge for much of the Awards’ history, I have always been a strong believer in their overall importance. So when their viability for this year was questioned because of staff issues, I volunteered to step in (as MJC representative) to co-produce the Awards on a purely voluntary basis. As such, one innovation that I was able to introduce was the induction of three honorary Hall of Fame awards (all posthumous) to three important figures in Australian jazz: pianist/composer Bryce Rohde; promoter/producer Horst Liepolt; and, keyboardist /composer Allan Zavod (For those not familiar with their contributions, a little research will provide you with some impressive achievements).

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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.