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

25 May



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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26 May

Melbourne Improvisers Collective presents

8:30pm - Aaron McCoullough Quartet

Marty Holoubek - Bass
Hugh Stuckey - Guitar
James Bowers - piano
Aaron McCoullough - Drums

10pm - Burke/Magnusson/Floyd

Rob Burke - Saxophone
Stephen Magnusson - Guitar
Tony Floyd - Drums

Doors open at 8pm,
$10 Entry


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27 May

Mackey/ Jodrell/ Windsor/ Anning/ Bates

Carl Mackey, Matthew Jodrell, Grant Windsor and Sam Anning are four fifths of dynamic Perth group Speedball. Having been scattered all over the globe for the better part of the past ten years, they now all reside in Melbourne.

Tonight they will be joined by the ever energetic Sam Bates on drums as they dig into a repertoire drawn from original and standard material.




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28 May

6pm - The Lagerphones

8pm - The Hue Blanes Trio

The Lagerphones are an Aussie Trad jazz band, performing everything from a furious stomp to a sweet, lowdown blues, the Melbourne six-piece bring fire for the dance floor types, gentle sways for the wallflowers and ocker chants for the truly rowdy. The group, featuring members of local synth-prog legends Sex On Toast, has rocked audiences into a larrikin stupor from Fitzroy to Northcote then back down to the CBD. Featuring a set of old-timey tunes, deconstructed pop songs and irreverent originals, this group is a sweet, if a little foul-mouthed, homage to all things Melbourne jazz.

8pm The Hue Blanes Trio
Celebrated pianist Hue Blanes leads this great Trio, chosen to run the jam sessions at the upcoming Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Playing jazz standards and a couple of Hue originals, the trio's swinging vibe with touch in cheek mischeviousness about the music make it a joy to be a part of.

A virtuoso pianist with a musky, melancholic singing voice, Hue Blanes has been playing music since he was seven. He is a Melbourne institution, dug in deeper than a tick, and co-runs Jazz Party, a pop-up underground music dive.
A founding member of electro hip-hop outfit The Melodics, Mr Blanes is musical director on the Aboriginal comedy The New Black, and currently plays keys with The Harry James Angus Band.

“Hue Blanes has a transcendent voice, perfect timing and an angelic touch on the piano, he’s a star” — Deborah Conway


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29 May

8pm - Danilo Rojas Trio

6pm - Monash Big Band

Expatriate Bolivian pianist and composer Danilo Rojas, who is currently studying in Melbourne, is a driving force in the creation of a unique blend of Bolivian music improvisation and jazz, fused with a mix of traditional and current South American rhythms and melodies (including original compositions from his recently launched DVD, Música Popular Boliviana). The repertoire of the Trio ‘travels’ through the diverse and colourful rhythms, harmonies and melodies within the contemporary music of South America, visiting Bossa-Samba (Brazil), Zamba-Milonga (Argentina), Candombe (Uruguay) the Cueca, Chacarera, Festejo, Landó, and Kaluyo from Bolivia, Chile, Columbia and Peru. Rojas also likes to add a Latin flavour to some Australian contemporary jazz standards. His music combines intense emotional dynamics with rapidly changing rhythms, utilising a strong musical and visual connection with the musicians. His original music comes from a strong feeling of identity, as from his childhood he began playing music with his father, Gilberto Rojas, the most celebrated Bolivian composer, and listened to his father’s musical friends: Atahuallpa Yupanqui (Argentina), Chabuca Granda (Peru) and Violeta Parra (Chile), along with Tom Jobim (Brazil). Rojas (piano) performs with Tamara Murphy (acoustic bass) and Chelsea Allen (drums & percussion)

Pres by the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op

The Monash Big Band is a student-run band playing a wide range of music, from traditional Big Band hits, through to Latin and funk


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12 June 9pm

Sam Keevers' RED FISH BLUE

Melbourne International Jazz Festival - Closing night

 A rare performance by a unique and beautiful ensemble.

Red Fish Blue is an alliance of improvisers from Melbourne and Sydney. The group were nominated in the best contemporary jazz ensemble category at the inaugural Australian Bell Awards.

Performing mostly originals and improvisations with a fusion of influences from Cuba, Bahia, Korea and Australia, Red Fish Blue is not to be missed.

Sam Keevers
Javier Fredes
Brett Hirst
Simon Barker

Bookings are limited so please reserve a place early.




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