Brunswick Music Festival is a much-loved annual music event and runs for two weeks each March. In 2018, Australia’s longest running inner-city music festival, celebrates 30 years of bringing the very best music talent, both local and international, to the stages of Brunswick.
This year, we're proud to be hosting 2 of their events - Masta Ace (USA) and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA)
Kristin Berardi -voice
Sean Foran - piano
Rafael Karlen - saxophone
Kristin Berardi, Sean Foran and Rafael Karlen are all strongly creative musicians, known for their clear personal aesthetic and artistic voice. Highly awarded nationally and internationally as performers and composers, their combined experience is formidable with performances around the world at the Montreux, Tokyo, and Bremen Jazz Festivals, and tours to the US, UK, Europe, Japan, China, Korea and more.
The music of this group is unlike anything they have each produced before and draws on sounds from modern jazz, European folk music and classical music. You may hear influences from jazz masters such as Kenny Wheeler, Bobo Stenson and Norma Winstone alongside the sounds of Debussy and Joni Mitchell.
As individuals, Nina Ferro and Joe Chindamo have routinely been showered with every superlative imaginable to describe their respective stellar careers. Through their vast musical endeavours, recognised internationally, both belong to a coterie of musicians whose very names are synonymous with great Australian achievement.
Sydney-based pianist/composer Mike Nock is simply a legend of Australasian jazz, with an international profile based on a 25-year career in the U.S.A. and the 2009 ‘Bell’ Australian Jazz Awards ‘Hall of Fame’ award.
Melbourne based drummer/composer Aaron McCoullough launches his new album ‘Provenience’ (https://
Saxophonist/composer Rob Burke recorded his album, The Power of the Idea' (on Jazzhead) in New York in 2015 with the acclaimed American pair of bassist Mark Helias and drummer Nasheet Waits - both musicians considered archetypal improvisers on the New York scene - together with Melbourne colleagues Paul Williamson (trumpet), Jordan Murray (trombone) and Paul Grabowsky (piano).
David Rex returns to the Jazzlab with his new Quartet featuring new originals by Rex and Mark Fitzgibbon. Also tipping their collective hats with thoughtful renditions by such masters as Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. David and the band hope to give their audience a vibrant, emotional experience, as well as wanting them to enjoy some not too often heard sounds.
Charlotte Jane Quartet, features original arrangements, rare tunes and stellar musicianship by Charlotte Jane with Joe Ruberto, Michael Tortoni, Gideon Marcus (plus special guests). This long-standing collaboration has created onstage chemistry, freedom of improvisation and adventures foraging into new musical paths with outrageous swingin', smooth singin' and fusion jazz elements.
Formed in 2007, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet (JLD) is a jazz chamber group focussed on the nexus between jazz and classical traditions
To celebrate the launch of their debut studio recording 'Abstract Playgrounds' on Earshift Music, Melbourne’s psychedelic jazz collective I Hold The Lion's Paw will assemble at The Jazzlab in partnership withMelbourne Jazz Co-op.
Masta Ace has achieved so much, influenced so many and has remained relevant since 1988. With a special band for the jazz edit, get up close and personal for one night only at The Jazzlab. With nothing but foldback between Ace and the audience, this is one for the fans.
The Rose Bassett Quartet is a Melbourne based group featuring Rose on Vocals, Ronan Nicholson on Double Bass, Jake Amy on Piano and Alex Spicer on Drums.
Making their debut at the Jazzlab, the group bring together a collection of standards and contemporary music to provide a dynamic listening experience, honed in by group leader Rose Bassett's unique vocal delivery.