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Svoboda/O’Connor/Green (Brisbane/Melbourne) CD launch

Sun 20 June @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The scheduled trio for this concert was Svoboda/O’Connor/Green, which brings together three musicians who turned to jazz esoterica in their formative years in Brisbane: drummer Tim Green, double bassist Helen Svoboda and pianist Joe O’Connor. While O’Connor and Svoboda are now both based in Melbourne, COVID-issues made it impractical for Green to travel from Brisbane for their CD preview launch. Replacing Green will be drummer James McLean, in a first meeting of these three musicians in a trio context.

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Ball, Hanlon, Schulz – CD launch

Sat 26 June @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

An unconventional trio of highly credentialed improvisers - Eugene Ball (trumpet), Ben Hanlon (double bass) and Anthony Schulz (accordion)

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Paul Williamson Quintet: The What-Ifs

Sun 27 June @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With this performance Williamson unveils a new project featuring the innovative and acclaimed artists Dylan Van der Schyff (drums), Helen Svoboda (double bass & vocals), Scott McConnachie (saxophones), and Miro Lauritz (vibraphone).  This performance will feature the premiere of new works from the ensemble members. 

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Flora Carbo’s Ecosystem

Fri 30 July @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Flora Carbo’s Ecosystem brings together six emerging artists – three vocalists (Merinda Dias-Jayasinha, Mel Taylor and Hannah McKittrick) and three saxophonists (Flora Carbo, Zac O’Connell and Bernard Alexander) – in the premiere of an unique sounding ensemble (without bass, drums or a harmonic instrument).

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James Sherlock & Ben Hanlon – CD Launch | Merinda Dias-Jayasinha & Isaac Gunnoo – Debut

Sun 8 August @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Over the 2020 Melbourne lockdown Max wrote a series of exploratory trio works with the specific skill sets of drummer James McLean and bassist Joseph Franklin in mind. Joined by these musicians he will debut the series, entitled ‘Schema’.

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Supporting artists in these interesting times

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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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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.



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.