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

24  August


The most happening Be-bop band in the land.

Now into the 6th 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


25 August

Melbourne Improvisers Collective


 8:30pm - Jeremy Woolhouse Trio

10pm - Joshua Kreusler Sextet


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

26 August

Angela Davis Quartet

Saxophonist Angela Davis has recently returned to Australia after having lived in New York City for the past eight years. During her time in the States, Angela received a Masters of Music from the University of the Arts and had the opportunity to study with numerous saxophone greats including Dick Oatts, Lee Konitz and Steve Wilson.
In May of 2013 Davis released her debut album, The Art Of the Melody, to rave reviews throughout the USA and Australia in publications such as the New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz and The Weekend Australian. The album was officially released at the world-renowned New York City venue – The Kitano.
After receiving the Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary in 2014, Davis was able to record her second album as a leader entitled Lady Luck, featuring Dan Tepfer, Linda Oh, Richie Barshay and a string quartet. Lady Luck was shortlisted for three 2016 Australian Bell Awards including Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Best Australian Jazz Composition.
As a band -leader, Davis has been featured in the Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door in New York and has also performed at the Kitano, Tomi Jazz, WhyNot Jazz Room and many other venues in the city. She has appeared in Australia and the U.S. at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, Mainline Jazz Festival, Sunshine Coast Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival and Bangalow Jazz Festival among other events. Davis has also performed and or recorded as a sideman with Sandy Evans, ATM15, Bobby Porcelli, Kevin Hunt, Jim Pugh, Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Kristin Berardi, Steve Newcomb, Joe Chindamo, the Cecilia Coleman Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra and the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Clem Derosa.
Davis is endorsed by Marca Reeds.
Davis has a beautifully elegant, honeyed alto tone, reminiscent of Paul Desmond.
John McBeath, The Australian


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20 August

The Sam Keevers Trio



8.30pm - The Sam Keevers Trio

The beautiful Sam Keevers, one of the most underrated jazz pianists in the country, returns this Friday in Trio format with a stellar line up playing swinging standards and lyrical songs by composers as diverse as Archie Roach, Fats Waller and Thelonious Monk.

Long time member of the Vince Jones ensemble, founding member of Australia'a premier afro-cuban jazz orchestra "Los Cabrones," the Jamie Oehlers Quintet, the Sam Keevers Nonet featuring Bernie McGann, and the "Red Fish Blue," Sam's music is always joyful and inspired and a treat to be part of, whether playing swinging standards in the 60's Herbie Hancock vein or his heavily latin influenced originals, Uptown is very much looking forward to this performance....

Sam Keeves - piano
Chris Hale – bass
Danny Fischer – drums


doors 5.30pm - music from 6pm


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

14 August

8pm - Ben Vanderwal’s Sonny Rollins’ Songs (Perth/Sydney/Melbourne) – Premiere​


6pm - Kayleigh Pincott Quartet

8pm - Ben Vanderwal’s Sonny Rollins’ Songs (Perth/Sydney/Melbourne) – Premiere
Sonny Rollins, one of the greatest voices in jazz music to ever grace our planet once said: “No one is original. Everyone is derivative”. A humble and telling comment coming from the man whom generations of musicians have copied solos, styles, phrases, wardrobe choices, antics and facial hair fashions from.
For this concert, maverick Perth drummer Ben vanderWal has assembled some old friends from various corners of the country to get together to play through some of Mr. Rollins’ music. All your favourite Sonny Rollin’s songs will get an outing – St Thomas, Oleo, The Bridge, Airegin, I’m an Old Cowhand, The Freedom Suite, etc, with some sacrosanct traditional renditions and some surprising new treatments. Featuring Matt Jodrell (trumpet), Sydney’s Carl Morgan (guitar), Sam Anning (bass) and Ben Vanderwal (drums).

presented by the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op

6pm - Kayleigh Pincott Quartet
Making her bandleader debut in Melbourne, Brisbane vocalist Kayleigh Pincott will be joined by some local legends – Atienne Bakker (gtr), Hiroki Hoshino (bass) and Luke Andresen (drums). Kayleigh was this year’s winner of the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship and recently gradated with a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium. Having spent the last few years under the direction of legendary Australian jazz vocalist Kristin Berardi, Kayleigh has been honing her vocal technique and jazz artistry, working to develop an individual and authentic sound. 

Drawing inspiration from both the great American songbook as well as modern classics, tonight’s set will include a selection of sparkly tunes by Kayleigh’s favourite songwriters including Duke Ellington, Joni Mitchell, Rodgers & Hart plus an original or two.

Doors at 5:30pm 
Music 6-8pm


you can book by email anytime to uptownjazzcafe@email.com and just pay for tickets on the night


16  September

Ben Monder/ Rob Burke/ James McLean Trio





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