The NGV will be celebrating one of New York’s most vital cultural institutions with MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art for 2018’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition.

Yes there is an extravagant gala, but as well as being about celebrities and high fashion, New York has fostered some of the 20th century’s most important musical movements, from jazz to hip-hop. In that spirit, NGV Friday Nights is partnering with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival to bring a line-up of local and international musicians celebrating that city’s diverse musical output.

Headlining the festival is contemporary jazz trumpeter Maurice Brown. The Brooklyn musician has provided brass backing to some huge names including The Roots, Florence + The Machine, Macy Gray and Wyclef Jean.

Elsewhere you’ll find local soul from Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Stella Angelico, and gifted Australian jazz pianist Barney McAll, who has performed with heavyweights such as Roy Ayers as well as contemporary musicians such as Aloe Blacc.

New York has a rich history of cultural exchange with Africa, be it the ’70s afrobeat records sampled by hip-hop producers in New York, or the influence of rap and R’n’B on contemporary African music. So at NGV Friday Nights you’ll also find sets from Zimbabwean R’n’B singer Thando, as well as local sets from Melbourne rapper Remi and afro-jazz group the Senegambian Jazz Band.

To top it off, all acts on this year’s line-up will play two sets, meaning double-time fun either side of checking out the art in MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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Full Line-Up:
June 15 – Cookin’ On 3 Burners with Stella Angelico
June 22 – Barney McAll: Hearing the Blood
June 29 – Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black
July 6 – Joe Chindamo and Julie O’Hara
July 13 – Sweet Sweet Spirit: Barney McAll Interprets Doris Akers
July 20 – Andrea Keller’s Five Below
July 27 – Joe Chindamo Trio and special guest
August 3 – Thando
August 10 – Barney McAll: Non-Compliance Trio
August 17 – Transients Trio #1
August 24 – Transients Trio #2
August 31 – The Senegambian Jazz Band
September 7 – Chris McNulty
September 14 – Linda Oh and Fabian Almazan
September 21 – Speedball
September 28 – Remi
October 5 – Maurice Brown

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