Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2018
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is returning for its 21st year, with more than 100 events and nearly 400 Australian, international and emerging artists on its line-up.
For 10 days, the festival will spread across the city into 26 venues, from the State Library lawns to Hamer Hall, tiny clubs and vibrant cafes.
The line-up includes big-name international performers such as Maceo Paker paying tribute to Ray Charles, jazz-blues singer Madeleine Peyroux, the Sun Ra Arkestra and many more, alongside local acts such as the Others – a new group from Paul Grabowsky, Kram and James Morrison – and Brenton Foster, the latest recipient of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission.
The festival will feature 38 free community events, such as mass music-making event Jazz Massive, Sound Walks through the city, lunchtime concerts at St James cafe, and workshops run by industry experts such as Fem Belling from the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Chelsea Wilson from Brunswick Music Festival.
For more traditional jazz-club sessions, look to venues such as the Jazzlab, Lido Jazz Room or Dizzy’s, and for those who want to mix it up, local DJ MzRizk will be guest programming this year’s Jazz Out West.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival runs from the June 1 to June 10.
Find the full program and ticketing information here.