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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Jon Hassell meets Ornette Coleman, meets Tropical F**K Storm. I Hold the Lion's Paw sounds familiar and, at the same time, like nothing else you’ve ever heard.
The Nick Haywood Trio is one of Australia’s leading collaborative improvisation ensembles. The trio is known for taking simple themes and allowing complexity to unfold as a collective exploratory process. The trio is bassist Nick Haywood with pianist Colin Hopkins and drummer Niko Schäuble.
Open Home is a new ensemble, which offers an invitation to explore the ebbs and flows of life through the compositions of Shaun Rammers (tenor sax and clarinet), a Music graduate of WAPAA.
Bringing together four of Melbourne’s most prodigious young jazz artists, The Rest is Silence’s debut album, A Short Film, 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)
Alto saxophonist/composer Josh Kelly produced the ‘Displacement’ suite as recipient of the PBS-FM Young Elder of Jazz Commission in 2019. This work explores French Impressionism, modal jazz, and syncopated rhythm cycles through the lens of Josh's family's migration around the world.
Callum G’Froerer is a trumpet player active between many musical genres - improvisation, commissioning new contemporary repertoire, and composition.Callum (trumpet and flugelhorn) is joined by Joseph O’Connor (piano), Sam Anning (bass) and James McLean (drumset).
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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