Winter in Melbourne has always meant the Jazz festival (aka the Melbourne International Jazz Festival) and this year’s twentieth anniversary is no different – with the ten-day event providing a wealth of new and international events on offer.
Featuring nearly 500 Australian, international and emerging artists in 120 events, the festival will be held across 27 bars and venues across the city. The festival hosts more than 25 free events and musical performance to suit all tastes.
Highlights from this year’s festival include jazz luminary, Carly Bley and her trio, who will make their Australian debut and legendary Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell from the USA, and Dianne Reeves, who is considered Jazz’s greatest living vocalist will be on show.
The festival will also celebrate the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, with a performance from Patti Austin, (USA) and Australia’s own James Morrison, who will play her music along with her musical partner Louis Armstrong, performing from the Great American Songbook, which will be performed in conjunction with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Artistic Director of the Festival, Michael Tortoni says it has been amazing to watch the festival grow over the last two decades.
“Over the past twenty years the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has developed into a centrepiece of Australia’s cultural scene that continually delivers a world class event attracting amazing jazz artists. This year is no exception, with a program that pays homage to the past while also showcasing new directions, both from the international scene and our own thriving Australian jazz community.”
The festival has a range of free events, including its Second Line Street Party and the Jazz Out West series, discussion panels, family events and free lunchtime concerts - to view a full list of performers and program, see the website.
Don’t miss out on one of Melbourne’s broadest and most diverse musical festivals of the year, see the full line-up today:
Dates: 2-11 June 2017
Venues: Map of various locations