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Returning from three years studying and living abroad in Boston, USA, saxophonist and composer Stephen Byth brings together a group of eight of his favourite Australian musicians to play music from his upcoming album, ‘Reparations'.
For this occasion, he is joined by longtime colleagues Ben Robertson (double bass) and Tony Floyd (drums), together with guests, Angela Davis (alto saxophone), and Mirko Guerrini (tenor saxophone). He also wishes to “introduce” one of his favourite young classical pianists - Berta Brozgul- who will perform Chopin and other classical pieces in a solo cameo.
Guitarist/composer Stephen Magnusson is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. For this concert, he will bring a wealth of experience in performing two solo sets (with a guest or two).
Now based in Hobart, veteran drummer Ted Vining is an important figure in jazz circles for forming two long-running ensembles: the Ted Vining Trio (1970-2006) and Musiikki Oy (renamed as Blow in 2000). Expect an evening of music characterised by the group's trademark interplay, humour and swing.
Moller joins close friend Christopher Hale for a night of reuniting, some bluegrass and country tunes, a bit of swinging, lots of string instruments, a few songs and maybe a friend or two. Hale (bass, mandolin, guitar, lap steel), Moller (violin, octave violin, mandolin, guitar)
Sydney percussionist/composer Laurence Pike returns to Melbourne to launch Prophecy – his third solo album. The opening set features Niran Dasika, a multi award-winning trumpeter and improvisor, known for his etherial, expressive trumpet playing and deeply evocative compositions, described as “ravishing” (Sydney Morning Herald) and “exquisite” (Australian Book Review). For the first set, Niran Dasika’s solo performances combine his virtuosic trumpet playing with synthesisers and live electronics to create immersive, beautiful soundscapes, all with a focus on his lyrical trumpet playing.
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.
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 commencing its 38th. year of Annual Programs, which has been staged throughout every year since January 1983. However, as you can see, while there are some familiar artists in the program, we are continuing to introduce new artists too.
The Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival commences this Sunday night, and has managed to offer plenty of worthwhile music, with some ‘new’ younger groups, as well as two Sydney acts.
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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.