Uptown Jazz Cafe - Melbourne's newest jazz and improvised music venue

07 December


The most happening Be-bop band in the land.

Now into the 7th year of their Wednesday residency at Uptown, stretching the tunes of the bop masters Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Tad Dameron, MIles Davis and beyond. One of the most remarkable ensembles to come out of the Melbourne be-bop tradition in a long time.

Swinging, grooving and bopping the Uptown stage every Wednesday, it's a must.

featuring -

Eamon McNelis - trumpet
Phil Noy - alto saxophone
James Sherlock - guitar
Mark Elton - acoustic bass
Sam Bates - drums

$10 entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


to reserve a table please email - uptownjazzcafe@email.com


08 December

Melbourne Improvisers Collective


8:30pm – Amy Brandon & Harry Coulson
Amy Brandon - guitar
Harry Coulson - guitar
10pm – Barbie Bop
Matt Hoyne – guitar
Stephen Byth – saxophone
Jordan Tarento – double bass
Aaron McCoullough – drums


to reserve a table please email - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

09 December

Julien Wilson Quartet "B for Chicken"

Acclaimed Melbourne saxophonist Julien Wilson formed this ‘electric quartet’ in 2011 as a vehicle to showcase his original compositions. Since then they have been performing regularly in Melbourne, developing new material and refining the groups powerful, unified, interactive style.

The quartet focusses almost exclusively on Wilson’s originals, including songs from his out-of-print debut “while you were sleeping” (2006) plus a swag of new material. While the lyrical inclinations so evident in his long-running trio (with Magnusson and Grant) are still present, this group provides an outlet for the more explosive, primal side of his musical personality.

The inspiration for a return to the quartet format comes from the flexibility and drive of Hugh Harvey’s astoundingly musical drumming, while Fermanis’ blues-drenched, rock-singed, take-no-prisoners guitar work fits Wilson’s music like a well worn glove. (They have been playing together since the late 80’s). Add to this the virtuosic beauty and creativity of Chris Hale’s 6 string electric bass playing and we have a relatively new band that sounds well seasoned.

“You play like you’re from the jungle”  George Russell

“a direct lineage of influence runs from the late Merv Acheson to the explosive Mark Simmonds and on to Julien Wilson. Central to that lineage is a concept of how the horn should sound: massive, sprawling, wearing its heart on its sleeve, and gripping the listener from the first note. Wilson produced a sound that was haunting and burly – a rare combination that ensured the simplest melody was arresting.” Sydney Morning Herald

“I can hear influences as diverse as Archie Shepp, Jan Garbarek, Ben Webster, Gato Barbieri, Dave Liebman… But particularly, of Mark Simmonds, who is one of the heroes of jazz saxophone in this country” Dale Barlow



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10 December 

Russ Spiegel Quartet (USA)

Russ Spiegel is a commissioned composer, arranger, guitarist, bandleader, writer, and producer. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Bostonm, then spent over a decade living and performing in Europe before returning to New York City in 2001. Russ earned a Master’s degree in jazz performance from the City College of New York and his doctorate in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow. Russ has released several CDs, scored music for film, and leads masterclasses, workshops and seminars around the world.

The Russ Spiegel Four will present a number of Russ’s compositions and arrangements and consists of some of Melbourne’s premier musicians with Carlo Barbaro on tenor sax, Kim Kelaart on organ, and Aaron McCullough on drums.

Russ’s website is: www.russguitar.com


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com and just pay for tickets on arrival

18 December

8pm - MJC presents -
Grabowsky/Oehlers/Beck Trio - Lost and Found


Lost and Found is a collaboration between three of Australia's finest improvisers, multi award-winning saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, acclaimed pianist Paul Grabowsky and the supremely talented drummer, David Beck. 

This bass-less trio embodies the spirit of the great explorers by performing in a purely improvised setting and creating an exciting adventure through a myriad of shifting harmonic, melodic and rhythmic contours. 

Oehlers, Grabowsky and Beck take you on an improvised journey through time and space, reassembling musical atoms, as they move to create a new melodic universe

2008 ARIA Award Nominee - Best Jazz Album

Jamie Oehlers - Sax
Paul Grabowsky - Piano
David Beck - Drums


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23 December

8pm - The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo

Uptown is proud to announce that the amazing Paul Williamson Hammond Combo will be playing their first ever Uptown gig Friday 23rd December.

Having just celebrated 25 years at the Rainbow Hotel last month, they are a Melbourne jazz institution in themselves, swinging, groovin and generally having the best time with so many celebrated musicians over the years.

Book are recommended - uptownjazzcafe@email.com




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