The MJC also recommends SIMA’s Jazz:NOW season.
Beautifully shot studio performances are paired with bonus vintage footage from the Australian jazz documentary The Pulse and features iconic artists including The Necks, Barney McAll, Darren Percival, Scott Tinkler.
Opening the season on Saturday June 6, National Jazz Award-winning bassist and Thirsty Merc rocker Phil Stack meets celebrated jazz and soul vocalist Virna Sanzone (followed by the Bernie McGann Trio with Sandy Evans and the Mike Nock’s Big Small Band).
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Saxophonist Rob Burke (tenor sax & bass clarinet) and piano master Tony Gould, with their rhythm team of bassist Nick Haywood (now based in Tasmania, Hobart) and drummer Tony Floyd, have played together for more than 20 years, touring nationally and internationally. They will perform some new compositions, as well select works by jazz composers.
Led by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, the Unbroken Trio plays original music that focuses on the collective sound of the ensemble. | Stimulating pianist/composer Joe O’Connor, winner of the 2013 National Jazz Piano Award and recipient of the 2016 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commis
Acclaimed clarinetist Aviva Endean performs the first set. | Sydney percussionist/composer Laurence Pike returns to Melbourne to launch Prophecy – his third solo album in as many years for the UK’s Leaf Label, following Distant Early Warning (2018), and last year’s acclaimed Holy Spring.
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 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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While the Wangaratta Festival is in recession this year, two interstate festival events which were timed to coincide with it – the Perth International Jazz Festival and the Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival – are both offering strong programs, with several international and interstate artists.
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