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Eugene Ball Quartet

Sun 16 May @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Eugene Ball 4tet debut album, Hi(gh) Curious was described by John Clare as “one of the most startling jazz records”. With trombonist James Macaulay (winner of the National Jazz Award 2017) now based in Tokyo, this is a unique opportunity to hear this ensemble during this visit to Melbourne.

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Unbroken Trio – debut/CD launch + Joe O’Connor (solo)

Sun 23 May @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Led by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, the Unbroken Trio plays original music that focuses on the collective sound of the ensemble. Also featuring Theo Carbo (guitar) and Maddison Carter (drums and percussion), these three unique musical voices come together to create an array of improvised sounds in a highly interactive setting, focussing on a unified and melodic approach to music creation.

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

Sun 30 May @ 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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Mirko Guerrini’s Horizontal Quartet – CD launch

Sun 6 June @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mirko Guerrini’s Horizontal Quartet premiered for the MJC in 2018 and brings together four bandleaders and composers, with saxophonist Guerrini joined by pianist Andrea Keller, double bassist Tamara Murphy, and drummer Niko Schauble.

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Keller, Wilson, Macaulay – CD launch

Sun 13 June @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This concert launches TWAK's new album, 'Outside In', featuring special guest, trombonist James Macaulay (winner of the 2017 National Jazz Brass Award).  Recorded live at The Jazzlab in 2019, the album features 7 original compositions, which are based in the jazz tradition, yet informed by contemporary ‘classical’ music, world music and the avant-garde. 

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Ball, Hanlon, Schulz – CD launch

Fri 18 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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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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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.