Jazz Out West: Soli Tesema

Presenting music that never plays a thing the same way twice, The Melbourne International Jazz Festival takes over Melbourne from tomorrow, 31 May to 9 June 2019.

Delivering a jam-packed 10-day program filled with premieres, Australian exclusives and international collaborations, the festival brings some of the greatest musicians from all over the globe, local Australian legends to jazz novices, and will feature more than 500 Australian, international and emerging artists in over 25 iconic venues, concert halls, bars and outdoor spaces across the 10-days.

Jazz greats performing for the festival include 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; and Laura Mvula, José James and Troy Miller reimaging George Gershwin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Other visiting international artists include trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire with an Australian exclusive of his politically charged new album: Origami Harvest; Ghost-Note led by Snarky Puppy’s multi-GRAMMY-winning percussion duo Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth; visionary pianist, composer and musical thinker Vijay Iyer and his Trio; and Festival favourite Bill Frisell Trio returning with their distinctive melodic style.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2019

The Festival encourages anyone new to jazz to get involved – little music lovers will have family-friendly performance by ARIA recipient Justine Clarke at The Melba Spiegeltent, while Nocturnal at the Melbourne Museum takes a jazz twist with a line up of dynamite acts including Jazz Party, Horns of Leroy featuring Thando and Tanya George.

More than a third of this year’s Festival offers free inclusive events, including the entire Jazz Out West program; Sound Walks from Federation Square; lunchtime city concerts at Southern Cross Lane and St James; and intimate conversations and workshops with visiting international artists at the Close Encounters series held at The Channel.

Jazz Out West (left to right): WVR BVBY, Ajak Kwai, The CB3

As the Festival reflects the ongoing evolution of jazz, it is committed to enabling diversity, opportunities and artist development across the whole sector with two programs that shape prospective leaders – the ongoing PBS Young Elder of Jazz and a new initiative, Tomorrow is My Turn.

BeMelbourne will be reviewing shows from this year's Melbourne International Jazz Festival! See the full program on offer on their website here!


Dates: 31 May – 9 June 2019

Location: More that 25 venues and free events

Times: Varies. See website for full list

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Website