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James Sherlock & Ben Hanlon – Debut

Sun 12th April @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Guitarist James Sherlock and M.S.O. double bassist Ben Hanlon bonded over their shared passion for jazz and backgrounds in classical music. As such their performances combine improvisation, dynamic interplay and genre-straddling arrangements of jazz standards, classical repertoire, modern orchestral, chamber works and the occasional popular work.

Ben Wilcock & “The Jellyrolls” (New Zealand) – debut

Sun 19th April @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Jelly Rolls’ unique brand of swinging piano trio jazz initially had its base in the classic styles of Errol Garner, Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson and Fats Waller. But their latest release, The Phantom Canoe (Thick Records NZ), is an album of originals based on Māori myths and legends.

Unbroken Trio – Debut + Joe O’Connor (Solo)

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

Unbroken Trio led by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, playing original music that focuses on the collective sound of the ensemble. Also featuring Theo Carbo (guitar) and Maddison Carter (drums and percussion). Opening solo set by stimulating pianist/composer Joe O’Connor

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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 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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Editorial 13 September 2019

Editorial 13 September 2019

Awards season for jazz with the Freedman Fellowship, Jazz Bell Awards and APRA/AMCOS Professional Development Awards, along with upcoming MJC concerts and a link to Adam Simmons Creative State 2020+

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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.