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

22 February


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

$15 entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


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


23 January

Melbourne Imporvisers Collective


8.30pm - Chris Maunders Quartet - 2 sets

Young Melbourne Chromatic Harmonica player Chris Maunders and his quartet salute the extraordinary life and times of the virtuosic harmonicist, Jean "Toots" Thielemans. Toots' career spanned many years, playing alongside Jazz heavyweights such as Charlie Parker, George Shearing and Bill Evans all the while maintaining a beautifully strong and unique sound in the Jazz world. The quartet bids their farewell to the legend playing swinging, bopping tunes from the likes of Parker, Clifford, Lester and of course the great Toots Thielemans.

Tom Allen-Graham - Guitar
Stephen Hornby - Bass
Damien Ellis - Drums
Chris Maunders - Chromatic Harmonica
special guests



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

24 February

Scott Tinkler Standards Quartet

One of the most incredible trumpets in the world today, recently even blowing the head off Terrance Blanchard during a visit to Uptown, Scott Tinkler returns with quartet playing jazz standards in a swinging, improvising setting guaranteed to stretch the ears and the imagination.

Current projects include Chiri with the Australian drummer Simon Barker and Korean Pansori singer Bae Il Dong. In 2011 at the invitation of the Australian Department of Foreign affairs, Chiri toured to Korea, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan finishing with a performance at the Smithsonian in Washington USA and two 2012 tours to Korea.

Tinkler is a founding member and the Associate Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra and plays regularly in Melbourne in trios and quartets with musicians such as Marc Hannaford, Sam Pankhurst, Alan Brown, Philip Rex, Harry Shaw-Reynolds, Paul Grabowsky Ken Eadie and Carl Dewhurst.

ARIA Award and Australia Council fellowship winner, we are very proud to have him as a Melbourne icon and a leader of the local improvised music scene.

with -

Joe O'Connor - piano
Marty Holoubek - double bass
James McLean - drums

$20 Entry or $15 concession, doors at 8pm.


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

25 February

The MJC Collective

This is a Collective group formed mainly from bandleaders (and composers), to highlight the work and opportunities provided by the MJC. It was an initiative of tenor saxophonist Mirko Guerrini, to showcase some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz musicians in one ensemble. Drummer Niko Schauble is a key creative contributor, while bassist Sam Anning, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, trombonist James Macaulay & trumpeter Stephen Grant are ubiquitous figures. For this concert they will perform new originals written and specifically arranged for the group by Mirko Guerrini.

2 sets from 8.30pm



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

03 March

The Steve Magnusson Trio

One of the world's leading improvised music guitar players
Guitarist and composer Stephen Magnusson is a musician at the height of his powers. From the precocious virtuoso who dazzled the music world when he crashed onto the scene, to a musician so mature, complete and respected that when people talk of an “Australian sound” of instrumental music, it is Magnusson’s influence – his tone, his touch, his compositional watermark and his deep sensitivity – that they hear.

founding member of SNAG, FESTA, Assumptions Trio (Julien Wilson and Will Guthrie) Julio and The Stevies (again with Julien and also Stephen Grant), his trio MAG (Frank DiSario and Dave Beck) and the latest quartet – Magnet (Carl Pannuzzo, Eugene Ball and Sergio Beresovsky) Steve is one of the most vital, musical and leading exponents in this music. Plus he's a sweetheart....

featuring everything from hard swinging Ornette Coleman tunes to delicate originals and distinctive ballads, sometimes even a cover of a Cold Chisel or The Police, Steve captivates and meserises with his incredible musicianship and openness....

with -

Frank Di Sario - double bass

Dave Beck – drums




bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com


24 February

The Scott Tinkler Standards Quartet


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com