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
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.
Acclaimed saxophonist Angela Davis debuts a new EP-length suite commissioned by ABC Jazz.
Since her last recording, the ARIA-nominated Little Did They Know, Angela has become a mother – and she has drawn on her experiences of motherhood and raising a newborn during the COVID era to write a suite for a new band featuring some of Melbourne’s finest players including Stephen Magnusson, Frank DiSario and Patrick Danao.
Described by The Age as having ‘an instinctively melodic approach’, Davis is a unique and sought-after musician at the top of her game.
John Coltrane is probably the most well-known saxophonist in jazz music history. It’s almost impossible to be a saxophonist and not be influenced by this giant. His music ranges from beautifully haunting ballads and tone poems to energetic and powerful modal improvisations.
Soul Trane sees one of Australia's premier saxophonists Jamie Oehlers and his all-star band performing their take on Coltrane's classics including ‘A Love Supreme’, ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘Crescent’.
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.
In this unique festival-only performance, Tuscan-born singer Ilaria Crociani joins Paul Grabowsky, Mirko Guerrini and Niko Schäuble's Torrio! in an exploration of the "emotions" underpinning Italian music through an eclectic selection of baroque arias, contemporary jazz songs, and movie soundtracks.
For her only Melbourne show this year, sublime vocalist and pianist Frances Madden will perform songs from her recent album Beautiful World. As well as her original tunes, the show will also include Frances’ unique take on some timeless classics.
With horns and backing vocals to compliment the rhythm section, Frances’ band for MIJF features some of Australia’s leading musicians, including Sydney-based Carl Dewhurst, one of the country’s most highly regarded jazz and improvising guitarists, along with Harriett Allcroft providing the harmonies that help define Frances’ unique sound.
Be ready to enjoy a journey based on melody, harmony and storied lyrics through a landscape of swing, ballads and blues.
One of Australia’s most distinctive jazz composers, Johannes Luebbers explores deep orchestral colours to uncover the connective tissue between various musical styles, pushing genre boundaries and discovering new relationships between them.
Celebrating ten years since first coming together, his multi-award-winning dectet debuts their complete 10x10x10 project – Other Worlds and Divide and Conquer. Featuring ten compositions inspired by each band member, including Angela Davis, Andrea Keller and Hiroki Hoshino, the results vary from wild, free improvisations to finely constructed tapestries.
John Scurry has been a stalwart of the Australian swing and trad jazz scene, both as a performer and a recording artist for five decades. His stellar lineup of musicians will be playing a selection of original tunes from recent release, Early Risers, a fresh and contemporary compilation of music generously overflowing with reflections and ruminations on friends, places and inspirations.