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

This Week...


28 February


The most happening Be-bop band in the land.

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

Now into the 8th 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.

$15/10 students entry

bookings please email us - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

2 sets from 8.30pm




01 March

Andrea Keller Transients Trio

Uptown is very proud to present, the new Thursday residency for the wonderful pianist and composer, Andrea Keller.

With their beginnings in January 2016, 'Transients' are a series of trios assembled by Andrea Keller, inspired by the philosophy and legacy of esteemed mentor Allan Browne. Based on a collective approach, the music strives for human connection and meaningful dialogue. The trios perform compositions by all members, free improvisations and a few standards as well.

bookings please email us - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

'Transients I' w/ Julien Wilson (bass clarinet/tenor saxophone) & Sam Anning (double bass)
'Transients II' w/ Christopher Hale (bass guitar) & James McLean (drums)
'Transients III' w/ Ben Robertson (double bass) & Lewis Pierre-Humbert (drums)
'Transients IV' w/ Eugene Ball (trumpet) & Tamara Murphy (double bass)
'Transients V' with Stephen Magnusson (guitar) & James McLean (drums)
and many special guests to come.

"Pianist Andrea Keller - whose contributions to this festival were a highlight - joined Eugene Ball on trumpet and Tamara Murphy on bass for Transients IV, one of Keller's trios inspired by and in memory of the late Allan Browne. There was so much magnetism and space in the originals they played that I did not want to leave."
- Review of Transients IV at Wangaratta Jazz Festival by Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz, November 1, 2016.

"Wonderful compositions by Keller and Anning. Keller's tribute to the late John Taylor, a pianist and mentor, entitled 'Grateful, Hopeful, Joyful', was breathtakingly beautiful".
- Review of Transients I at Wangaratta Jazz Festival by Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz, November 1, 2016.

$15/10 entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


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

02 March

The Paul Williamson Quartet

plays the music of Thelonious Monk

One of Melbourne's most beautiful trumpet players Paul Williamson leads an all star group, which will featuring the music of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis

Paul has established a reputation for producing distinctive recordings of outstanding ensemble performances. Williamson is the leading artist on ten commercially released CD releases.

Williamson has performed with international jazz artists at festivals and venues in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He was active in the European jazz scene whilst based in Dublin and performed with Bill Carothers, Dave Liebman, Reggie Washington, Paul Wertico, Ronan Guilfoyle, Lindsay Horner, Michael Buckley and Métier before returning to Melbourne in 2009. His recent performances include collaborations with Eddie Palmieri, Tomasz StaÅ„ko, Charlie Haden, Kenny Werner, John Abercrombie, the Australian Art Orchestra, Hermeto Pascoal, Aaron Goldberg, Django Bates, Mike Nock, Tony Gould, Nasheet Waits, Mark Helias, and the Monash Art Ensemble. In 2014 Williamson was invited by Dave Douglas to perform at the Festival for New Trumpet Music (FONT) in New York City where he premiered a program of new compositions.
In addition to having a successful recording and performance career, Williamson is a faculty member and the Jazz and Honours coordinator at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.

Segue-ing between steaming, swinging standards and lyrical ballads, the quartet stretch the limit of interplay with a fresh modern take on some classic tunes....

If you luv the music of Miles and Monk, you're gonna luv this band....

Paul Williamson - trumpet
Joe O’Connor - piano
Marty Holoubek - double bass
James McLean - drums


bookings - email us - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

2 sets from 8.30pm


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

03 February

8pm - 
Liam Werrett Quartet



One of the brightest alto saxophone players on the scene. 

Doors 8pm, music from 8.30.

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17 March

Jamie Oehlers' Assemblers - replay

Jamie Oehlers Quintet 'The Assemblers" performing a rare show saturday March 17

One of the leading tenor saxophonists in Australia today, the incredible Jamie Oehlers returns to Uptown this Saturday night for an evening of intense swinging, hard driving jazz standards.

Strongly inspired by the likes of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Jamie has carved a name for himself as one of the strongest modern jazz improvisers on the national scene.

Winner of the 2003 White Foundation World Saxophone Competition, was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards, as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category and is now coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.He has performed with leading international jazz artists in the United States, Asia, India, UK, Europe, New Zealand and throughout Australia and frequently performs at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the world.

Don't miss this rare chance to see Jamie in full flight.


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


20 April 


One of the world's best funk bands, Melbourne's own The Bamboos are BACK, but taking off the suits and go soul/jazz/funk instrumental as THE FIREMEN

Playing the grooviest of the groove jazz standards repertoire from the 60's, chosen from the vaults of Blue Note, Prestige and CTI Records

featuring -

Lance Fergusson,
Sam Keevers,
Damien Maughan,
Graeme Pogson,
Yuri Pavlinov,
Phil Binotto,
Anton Delecca
Phil Noy

2 sets from 8.30pm

early bookings recommended




bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com