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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Onur Puza Quartet – Debut

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

Melbourne-based guitarist, composer, arranger and educator Onur Puza will perform with Julian Banks (tenor saxophone), Philip Rex (bass) and Felix Bloxsom (drums) to presents his new compositions for his band’s debut performance in the venue.

$18 – $25

Richard Pavlidis Trio – Debut

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

Richard Pavlidis' latest album, ‘Iconography’, is due for release in June 2023, and for this performance he presents his newest suite of music in a trio format, featuring Ben Robertson (double bass) and Darryn Farrugia (drums).

$18 – $25

Nat Bartsch (Solo) + Mia Barham Sextet (Debut)

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

Nat Bartsch's opening set will incorporate pieces from recent ARIA nominated jazz and classical releases, performed on piano and integrating live ambient electronics. Emerging saxophonist Mia Barham will premiere five new original works that feature beautiful melodies and intricate and sensitive harmony with her sextet - Mia Barham (alto saxophone and flute) collaborates with Ashley Ballat (trumpet), Dean Kalait (tenor saxophone), Pat Jaffe (piano), Monty Shnier (double bass) and Marissa Di Marzio (drums).

$18 – $25

Kade Brown Quartet – farewell concert

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

Before relocating to Germany in early July, Kade will be performing new original music with his band. It comprises frequent collaborators in Julien Wilson (saxophones and clarinets), who is featured on Kade’s most recent album “Frictions”, and fellow Monash University alumni Alastair Kennedy (drums) and Angus Radley (double bass).

$18 – $25

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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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Remembering Lynette Irwin

Remembering Lynette Irwin

I had been thinking about the Queensland jazz scene (and jazz education generally) when I learned of the sad passing of Lynette Irwin, after a long and courageous medical battle. All together, she has left an incalculable legacy with the Brisbane jazz scene, as well as the broader Australian jazz scene. 

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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.