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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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.
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.
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).
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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