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Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Jazz Northside – Ausecuma Beats & Cool Out Sun

The Night Cat 137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, VIC
Composed of the superpowers that are N’fa Jones, Sensible J and Nui Moon, Cool Out Sun are an afro-funk powerhouse not to be missed. They’ll be joined by nine-strong afrobeat ensemble Ausecuma Beats. Led by their fearless bandleader and master djembe player, Boubacar Gaye, Ausecuma Beats are almost impossible to…


Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Thando – The Jill Scott Project

The Toff in Town 2f/252 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC
Born in Zimbabwe, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Thando, has been charming audiences around Australia with her electric stage presence and powerhouse vocals. She is a commanding performer with a natural ability to tell a story and take her audience on a journey of reflection. The songstress grew up feasting on the musical…

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Sam Anning Septet

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne, VIC
See out the Festival in the best possible way as internationally sought after bassist/improviser Sam Anning launches his highly anticipated album, ‘Oaatchapai’. Following on from Anning’s award-winning 2018 release ‘across a field as vast as one’, ‘Oaatchapai’ features an extraordinary ensemble and is intricately constructed, wild in interpretation, firmly rooted…

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Torrio! feat.Ilaria Crociani

The Jazzlab 27 Leslie St, Brunswick, VIC
There is something elusive yet so distinctive in Italian music that makes it immediately recognisable. It allows Alessandro Scarlatti or Barbara Strozzi’s music to be performed alongside Ennio Morricone or Bruno Martino’s. MOTUS ANIMI, or “moves of the soul”, is the Latin equivalent for the English “emotions” In this unique…

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Amos Roach

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne, VIC
Award-winning musician, dancer, director and proud Djab Wurrung/Gunditjmara and Ngarrindjeri man Amos Roach premieres his new commission as part of MIJF and the Australian Art Orchestra’s (AAO) inaugural First Nations artist residency program. Amos has played the keyboard, guitar, bass and yidaki since the age of eight, and is acknowledged…

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Ellie Lamb

The Jazzlab 27 Leslie St, Brunswick, VIC
Trombonist, composer and leader of MIJF’s Take Note program Ellie Lamb premieres their ambitious commission, exploring themes of identity and the experience of living between genres and genders. Ellie’s suite draws on a range of musical styles including minimalism, folk and post-rock – all interwoven with lush orchestrations. Leading the…

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Paul Grabowsky & Emma Donovan

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne, VIC
Donovan is best known for her work with The Putbacks and The Black Arm Band – as well as touring and recording alongside legends such as Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi and Paul Kelly – and her voice carries within it many deep currents. Her family hail from both sides of…

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Joe Chindamo Trio & Alma Zygier

Malvern Town Hall 1251 High St,, Malvern, VIC
Joe Chindamo scarcely needs an introduction. The Australian virtuoso pianist is a favourite among both jazz and classical music fans and is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, earning broad acclaim and international praise as a composer for his concertos, chamber music and film…