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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(MJC Series interrupted) Brekky Boy (Sydney) & Perolas

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

Montreux Jazz Award nominees Brekky Boy return after their sold-out show at Melbourne International Jazz Festival last year. Fresh from touring Europe/UK, the Sydney-based trio will be launching their latest EP

Callum G’Froerer Quartet – Debut

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

For this new quartet project, trumpet player and composer Callum G'Froerer is joined by Joe O'Connor on piano, Sam Anning on bass, and James McLean on drums and cymbals. They will perform new pieces for the ensemble's upcoming recording that flow between detailed harmonic and rhythmic structures and spacious collective textures, as well as music from 'Space Available’. 

$20 – $30

Green-O’Connor-Svoboda (Brisbane/Melbourne) – CD Launch

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

For their MJC performance, Svoboda/O'Connor/Green will continue to explore their song-like concept of ensemble improvisation, using various open-ended prompts to set the musical flow in motion. 

$20 – $30

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The 3PBS-FM Recording Project has been financially supported by Vorticity Music 

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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.

Keep up to date with news on the Melbourne and national jazz scenes via our Facebook, Twitter, or our regular eNewsletter.


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.