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Kaufman/Gratowski/De Joode (Berlin/Amsterdam) – Debut

Sun 26th January @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode combine the transparency of early 21st century chamber music – silence, the moving into and out of noise regions, textural juxtapositions, the relics of almost tonal harmony surging up then evaporating just as quickly – with the energy, the rhythmic momentum and unpredictability of jazz and other rhythmically more aggressive musics.

Workshop with Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode (Berlin/Amsterdam)

Mon 27th January @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Depending on what the participants prefer, the most typical format it is a combination of the Trio playing one or two pieces, having questions, and then improvising with the participants in small groups. Individual workshops may also be incorporated too.

Geelong concert with Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode (Berlin/Amsterdam)

Mon 27th January @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Workshop will be held at “Platform Arts” (old Courthouse) on corner of Little Malop Street, Geelong (opposite the Library). MJC co-presentation with N.E.A.L. (New Experimental Arts Laboratory)

Tony Gould

Tony Gould’s 80th birthday celebration with guests Arte Kanela

Sun 2nd February @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This special concert is the first celebration of the 80th birthday – and ongoing career – of the highly respected pianist/composer/educator Dr. Tony Gould, who retired from his full time position as Professor of Music at Monash University at the end of 2015, but has continued to teach (including work at the James Morrison Academy). Gould is possibly the most ‘formally’ recognised figure to work in the Australian jazz scene (although he refers to his music as "post-jazz"), with a…

Stephen Magnusson & Kinfolk – “4 days of 50”

Sun 9th February @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

To belatedly mark this unassuming artist’s 50th Birthday in 2019, he opted to perform with “Kinfolk”, his group of long term collaborators in Tim Neal (Hammond organ), Frank DiSario (double bass) and Dave Beck (drums) to produce earthy, bluesy grooves, while retaining the freedom to take the music in different directions.

Anton Delecca Quartet

Sun 16th February @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The band will primarily play original compositions by Delecca, along with arrangements of selected standards. The compositions are passionate, and the music is informed by a deep love and respect for jazz history and tradition, along with a diverse range of influences including, folk and rock (particularly singer/songwriters), gospel, spiritual jazz, 70s acid fusion (Steve Grossman, etc), and music from the current NYC jazz scene.

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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.


Editorial 2 November 2019

Editorial 2 November 2019

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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Editorial 18 October

It seems very strange to be coming up to the Melbourne Cup weekend, and not preparing to go to Wangaratta for the Festival. In the absence of the Festival, some industry people have taken the initiative and organised a mini-jazz festival over the Cup weekend at Memo Hall in the historic St. Kilda RSL.

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Editorial 4 October 2019

Editorial 4 October 2019

Having been a Judge for much of the Awards’ history, I have always been a strong believer in their overall importance. So when their viability for this year was questioned because of staff issues, I volunteered to step in (as MJC representative) to co-produce the Awards on a purely voluntary basis. As such, one innovation that I was able to introduce was the induction of three honorary Hall of Fame awards (all posthumous) to three important figures in Australian jazz: pianist/composer Bryce Rohde; promoter/producer Horst Liepolt; and, keyboardist /composer Allan Zavod (For those not familiar with their contributions, a little research will provide you with some impressive achievements).

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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.