Melbourne comes alive in midwinter with Australia's largest jazz festival. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (31 May – 9 June) brings the world’s modern masters of jazz to Australia, with a thrilling range of big-name artists, straight-ahead jazz, genre-bending crossovers, blistering instrumentalists and soulful singers on offer, plus late-night art parties, intimate club gigs, film screenings, masterclasses, daily free concerts and events for families and children.
The twenty-second Festival program includes jazz luminary Herbie Hancock; piano virtuoso Billy Childs; power-house vocalist Lisa Fischer; national jazz treasure Vince Jones; acclaimed bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh with her new work Aventurine; as well as Laura Mvula, José James and Troy Miller reimaging George Gershwin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire comes to MIJF with an Australian exclusive of his politically charged new album, Origami Harvest. Cult favourite Ghost-Note, led by Snarky Puppy’s multi-GRAMMY-winning percussion duo Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, will hit have Melbourne dancing with a night of energetic, unforgettable jazz funk.
Visionary pianist, composer and musical thinker Vijay Iyer will play four intimate shows at Melbourne’s iconic club, The Jazzlab. And the Bill Frisell Trio make their highly anticipated return after two memorable sold out shows in 2017.
You’ll catch the Cat Empire’s Ross James Irwin and an 11-piece band of local all-stars celebrating the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ masterpiece Kind of Blue. The Angela Davis Trio will launch a brand new album, the third for Davis as a band leader.
Plus three new works commissioned for the Festival will make their debut: Into Light by Tomorrow is My Turn leader, Claire Cross; Displacement by PBS Young Elder of Jazz Josh Kelly; and a unique piece by Gian Slater performed by…well…you. The Jazz Assembly invites vocalists of all abilities to join the chorus for this one-off, specially commissioned piece to open the Festival.
All this plus a host of club sessions, Jazz on Film, free performances, family-friendly events and more. View the full program here
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