Melbourne Jazz Co-Operative's 35th anniversary celebration

Melbourne Jazz Co-Operative's 35th anniversary celebration

Eight hours of contemporary original Australian jazz from 8 outstanding ensembles.

To celebrate the Melbourne Jazz Co-opeartive's 35th Anniversary (and the commencement of our 36th Annual Program), the Co-operative's Chairperson Eugene Ball has curated an 8 hour event (and party) featuring many of Melbourne’s creative jazz artists (collaborating with Sydney drummer Simon Barker and Sydney trumpeter/composer Miroslav Bukovsky).

Trumpet iconoclast (and Brunswick resident) Scott Tinkler will perform in a duo with long-standing colleague Barker, in a final performance before relocating to Tasmania.

Trumpeters Ball and Bukovsky will co-lead MiroBall, a specially-formed 10-piece ensemble performing their originals that had been performed in the past by Ten Part Invention, the Bennetts Lane Big Band, and Wanderlust. James Macaulay, recent winner of the National Jazz Brass Award, performs originals with his septet from his forthcoming album (which was recorded in Tokyo).

Pianist Sam Keevers reconvenes his quartet, Red Fish Blue, which has recorded two albums, with drummer Simon Barker, percussionist Javier Fredes, and bassist Christopher Hale. The duo of improvising vocalist Jenny Barnes and bassist Mick Meagher came together in 2016, releasing their debut album, “Cluster” that year. Their free improvisations explore aspects such as close intervals and dissonance. Over the past decade Gian Slater has established a formidable reputation as an improvising vocalist and leader of her Invenio choir (producing several albums, including Barney McAll’s “Graft”).

The internationally-acclaimed McAll, who returned to Australia three years ago after two decades based in New York, and is the winner of the 2017 Jazz ARIA, will perform his originals with his Trio Feral.

And triple-ARIA winning pianist/composer Andrea Keller will open the event with one of her on-going projects, Masters and Apprentices (which combines recognised musicians with emerging talents) – something that the MJC has aimed to do throughout its 35 years. Bar and food service throughout the event.


Melbourne Jazz Co-operative
Martin Jackson, C.E.O.
Phone: 9557 2229
Mobile: 0401 637 203

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