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


Wednesday
27 July

BOPSTRETCH
 

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

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Thursday
28 July

Melbourne Improvisers Collective






 

8:30pm - Timothy Franklin Quartet 
10pm - Josh Kelly Trio

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Friday
29 July 



McConnachie/Williamson Sextet
plays the music of Booker Little


 

Although he died at 23 from uremia in 1961, trumpeter/composer Booker Little left a potent legacy, which is apparent in the work of artists such as trumpeters Kenny Wheeler and Dave Douglas. This sextet performs Little’s originals arranged for sextet, from his Candid albums, as well as some tunes from his Five Spot collaboration with Eric Dolphy. Alto saxophonist Scott McConnachie is best known for his exploratory approach to improvisation and musical intensity. Co-leader Paul Williamson is a seasoned performer and composer, with a beautiful and lyrical approach to the trumpet. They are joined by trombonist James Macaulay, pianist Joe O’Connor, bassist Hiroki Hoshino and drummer James McLean.


 

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Saturday
30 July 

8pm
The Sam Keevers Trio










6pm
The Lagerphones

 

8pm
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





6pm
The Lagerphones

Original Melbourne flavoured improvised partying music with the unmistakeable influence of early New Orleans....


The Lagerphones are a trad group playing a mixture of New Orleans and Australian jazz as well as original songs.  Their influences range from Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong to George Lewis and Luis Russell, the Red Onions and the New Rascals to the Hoodangers.  Individually the Lagerphone's members have traversed all periods of jazz and some have gone further, working with bands as diverse as Sex On Toast, Martin Martini and the Bone Palace Orchestra, Allan Browne and Gian Slater's Invenio Singers.  Dreaming of putting something together for some time, as friends and revelers, the Lagerphones have an independent musical history which promises a driving groove and horns both belligerent and eloquent. 

Ben Harrison - trumpet/vocals, Jon Hunt - clarinet, James Macaulay - trombone/vocals, John Scurry - guitar, Marty Holobuek - bass and James McLean - drums.

 

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Sunday
31 July

Melbourne Jazz Co Op presents

The High Stuckey Quartet

Guitarist and composer Hugh Stuckey has gained a reputation as one of Melbourne’s leading voices on jazz guitar since moving from Adelaide in 2008. Since then he has twice been a finalist at the National Jazz Awards, has completed multiple tours of Europe and has recorded in New York with the ARIA award winning Sarah McKenzie. This concert is only weeks before departing for the US to pursue further studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Stuckey will present his own lyrical interpretation of contemporary jazz where harmonic and rhythmic intricacy meet musical simplicity and sophistication and he will be joined by long time musical compatriots James Bowers (piano), Marty Holoubek (bass) and Aaron McCullough (drums).

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Friday
29 July

Paul Williamson/ Scott McConnachie Sextet 
plays the music of Booker Little

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