Melbourne International Jazz Festival Lineup

A platinum milestone – twenty years showcasing world class jazz in Melbourne

Australia’s pre-eminent jazz festival recognised internationally for the creativity and depth of its programming, this year the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) will celebrate 20 years of extraordinary jazz in all its forms.

The 10-day program offers something for everyone, from jazz masters in world-class venues to intimate club performances; gigs in cafes in Melbourne’s west to cross-artform collaborations; and free community events that will have audiences dancing to New Orleans brass band sounds along the Yarra River.
MIJF 2017 will feature nearly 500 Australian, international and emerging artists who will perform in over 120 events in 27 bars, clubs and venues across Melbourne.
Quick facts
10 Days of festival
500 Artists
120 Events
27 Venues
25+ Free events
Modern Masters
Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star (USA)
Kenny Barron Trio (USA)
Bill Frisell Trio (USA)
Carla Bley Trio (USA / UK)
Jobim’s Masterpieces featuring Vince Jones and the Orquestra do Brasil (Australia)
Dianne Reeves (USA)

Explorations in Jazz 

Donny McCaslin Group (USA)
Brenton Foster 6tet (Australia)
The Steve McQueens (
Tigran Hamasyan: An Ancient Observer (Armenia)
The Necks (Australia)
Monash University Jazz Futures featuring Ari Hoenig Trio (Australia / USA)
Appearing Nightly featuring the Carla Bley Trio and the Monash Art Ensemble (USA  / Australia)
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles (USA)
Kira Kira (Australia / Japan)
Luke Howard Trio (Australia)
Hue Blanes: Things that have been said (Australia)

Special Events

A Celebration of Ella and Louis featuring Patti Austin, James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (USA / Australia)
Second Line Street Party (Australia)
Play School’s Big Jazz Adventure (Australia)
Swing City (Australia)
KAGE: Out of Earshot (Australia / New Zealand)

Club Sessions – The Toff in Town

Ari Hoenig Trio (USA)
Jim Black Quartet (USA / Australia)
BFK + Pascal Schumacher (Australia / Luxembourg)
Now. Here. This. (Australia)

Club Sessions – The Jazzlab

Tal Cohen Quintet (Australia / USA)
Yotam Silberstein Quartet (Israel)
NAK Trio (Poland)
MaxMantis (Switzerland)
Moons of Jupiter (Australia)
Still Night: Music in Poetry (Australia)
Speedball (Australia)
Late Night Jams (Australia)

Club Sessions – Uptown Jazz Café 

Stephen Magnusson Trio (Australia)
Scott Tinkler Standards Quartet (Australia)
Jamie Oehlers Quartet (Australia)
Sam Keevers Quartet (Australia)
Andrea Keller Trio (Australia)
Bopstretch (Australia)
Carl Morgan Quartet (Australia)
Dale Barlow Quartet (Australia)
Dale Barlow Quintet (Australia)
Hetty Kate Quintet (Australia)
Julien Wilson Trio(Australia)

Club Sessions – Dizzy’s Jazz Club

Roger Clark Quintet with Sarah Maclaine (Australia)
Tribute to Blue Note (Australia)
Craig Schneider Trio (Australia)
Dizzy’s Big Band (Australia)
Warren Willis (Australia)
Unspoken Rule (Australia)

Club Sessions – Lido Jazz Room

Bob Sedergreen and Friends (Australia)
James Sherlock Quartet (Australia)
Emma Gilmartin Quartet (Australia)
Peter Baylor’s “Ultrafox” (Australia)
Margie Lou Dyer Quintet (Australia)
Jackie Bornstein Quartet (Australia)
Ruth Rogers-Wright Quartet (Australia)
Wilbur Wilde Quartet (Australia)

Jazz Out West 

Au Dré
Senegambian Jazz Band
Maria Moles & Adam Halliwell
Old Grooves for New Streets
Music Yared
Game Changers: Lost in Translation
La Grande Soirée
Gospel Sundays


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