MJC Event Updates
Recommencing MJC concerts
Creative Victoria has provided substantial support grants to our live music venues, to enable them to survive and re-open. The MJC expects to be able to recommence our concert presentations in late November and December. We expect that audience numbers will be restricted, so bookings will be required, but we’ll keep you informed here and on our social media.
2020 Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival
The MJC founded the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival in 1997 and we have proudly supported it ever since. We hope to be supporting some form of the 2020 Festival in December
Supporting artists in these interesting times
Until the return of concert performances, we recommend that you could 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.
In 2020, the MJC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative Victoria, and APRA/AMCOS.
Please note, venues will have Covid-safe requirements. When booking tickets please make sure you understand the measures in place.
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Bringing together four of Melbourne’s most prodigious young jazz artists, The Rest is Silence’s debut album, A Short Film (on Earshift Music), explores melodically driven compositions against a backdrop of indie-rock, country, and electronica. Featuring siblings Flora Carbo (alto saxophone) and Theo Carbo (guitar) alongside long-time friends Isaac Gunnoo (double bass) and Maddison Carter (drums), their music is a breath of fresh air, fearlessly moving between genres to create a soundtrack to the multiplicity of our modern lives. The Rest…
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.
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.
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).
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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.