Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF)
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is a world-class jazz festival held annually in Melbourne Australia since 1998. For 10 days every year, we take the underground above ground, showcasing and celebrating jazz culture. We bring together the biggest and best names in international jazz alongside leading and emerging contemporary Australian artists. We commission new work and present world premieres and Festival exclusives. We celebrate the history of jazz as we open up its future.
For full festival program and ticket information, please check the festival website
Internationally acclaimed vocalist Chris McNulty is known for her exquisite and emotive delivery.
McNulty will be joined by virtuoso clarinettist-pianist Adrian Galante and longtime Melbourne collaborators Darrin Archer, Ben Robertson and Sam Bates, for one unforgettable night of melody and song, swinging and improvising across traditional and contemporary landscapes.
Presenting a long-awaited sophomore release, the group led by trumpeter-composer-electronic artist Reuben Lewis, launch Lost in Place, an album that will take the audience even deeper into the group's immersive sound world of electro-ambience, grungy afro-grooves and psychedelic jazz with nod towards retro sci-fi.
Lost in Place is offered as a meditation on our growing need as a society to navigate a path through overwhelming global turmoil, as we seek a place – even if temporarily – to land.
This duo brings together two of Australia’s most important and influential musicians in Scott Tinkler and Simon Barker to perform an intimate set of original compositions, exploring their influences of rhythmic and melodic structures.
Enriched by almost 30 years of playing together, this unique duo setting of trumpet and drums presents a strong sense of interplay, authenticity, and expressive energy by two masters of their instrument.
Melbourne jazz luminaries Stephen Magnusson, Frank DiSario and Dave Beck have been performing together for over 18 years. For the 2021 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, they are celebrating the release of their brand new album and also their 2020 lockdown EP, HOME Volume 1.
This profoundly accomplished and versatile trio are a joy to watch with an easy rapport honed by almost two decades of collaboration. Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness the debut of this fine new work from three of the best musicians in Australian jazz.
Sydney-based guitarist and composer Hilary Geddes is an emerging star of the Australian scene – in demand among jazz circles and contemporary music alike. Her exceptional talents see her performing alongside jazz luminaries such as Mike Nock, Lakecia Benjamin (USA) and Barney McAll and supporting bands such as Wolfmother, Hoodoo Gurus and Violent Soho.
For MIJF 2021 she will be premiering music from her new album Parkside, commissioned and recorded by ABC Jazz.
Pioneering Australian jazz legend and recent inductee into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame, Wilma Reading has had a dazzling international career performing with Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, and starring on London's West End.
Growing up in what she describes as the ‘village’ of Cairns in the 1950s, indigenous singer Wilma Reading was discovered performing at a Brisbane jazz club while on a school softball tour. This proved to be the catalyst for an international career that spanned the globe to rub shoulders with jazz luminaries and cement her place as an icon in Australian music.
In this truly special performance, Reading will revisit the many highlights of her long and vibrant career.
Post-rock, post-jazz and post-minimalism. Spirograph Studies build dreamy aesthetics and cinematic sounds into the release of their long-awaited second album Lowlights. In this much-anticipated album launch, bassist Tamara Murphy leads Luke Howard, Fran Swinn and James McLean in beautiful musical conversation.