Nocturnal x Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Melbourne Museum’s Nocturnal returns on Friday June 7, this time teaming up with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival for an evening of brassy sounds, soulful tunes, and a chance to hear a true jazz legend speak.
Seven-piece brass band Horns of Leroy – an outfit inspired by both New Orleans and their local Fitzroy – will deliver the bold and brash sound that’s won them fans at jazz festivals across Australia, this time accompanied by Zimbabwean-born and Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Thando.
Renowned ensemble Jazz Party, led by local legends Darcy McNulty and Loretta Miller (formerly of Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes), will present their rhythmic soul, while Tanya George’s unique improvised vocal compositions combine hip-hop, jazz and pop into a stunning showcase for her five-octave range.
There will also be surprise acts playing all night – explore the museum to find at least half a dozen soloists and duos playing unplugged. No set times, no line-up announcement. You’ll just have to find them for yourself.
Over in the Museum Theatre, the legendary Don Was – CEO of Blue Note Records, which helped shape jazz as we know it – will be giving a one-hour talk on his renowned label’s 80th anniversary. This event is free, but guests are required to RSVP.
Upstairs, The Melbourne Story exhibition becomes an art deco salon, with museum experts Deborah Tout-Smith and Hannah Perkins presenting a close-up look at the collection’s Jazz Age items, while in the Science and Life gallery master preparators Sara Smith and Steve Sparrey reveal the extensive moulding and casting techniques used within the museum’s collections.
The museum’s blockbuster exhibition Revolutions: Records and Rebels will be in full Swinging Sixties mode, exploring how the sounds of revolution changed the era through iconic artifacts and a killer soundtrack. And for those looking to take on a bit of ’60s style, Paradise Cutters will be working out of the exhibition’s hair salon all night long.
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