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The Lockdown policy in Victoria unfortunately produced many extremely sad and frustrating situations. One Lockdown was suddenly called in 2020 on the Friday night before a gig for Ted Vining (who was already in Melbourne from Hobart to attend the Wake of a family member on the Saturday). After another cancellation in 2021 due to Lockdown regulations, Vining will finally perform in the MJC program this month.
While the amazing career of 97 year old drum great Roy Haynes has set new precedents in jazz career longevity, the overall contributions of Melbourne-born drummer Ted Vining (who turns 85 in late August) are still impressive.
Although he was never a professional musician, Vining has played in many groups and had numerous jazz roles in five States over the decades. He recorded with Don Burrows on the landmark 1967 "Jazz Australia" LP, as well as with Brian Brown in the 1970s. He was also a Jazz Co-ordinator in Queensland, but his peak role was as Artistic Director of the Moomba Jazz Festival in the 1970s, which featured international artists such as the Count Basie Orchestra, Oscar Peterson Trio and Ella Fitzgerald.
Having been based in Hobart for many years now, he hosts a jazz program on Hobart FM radio station, and has been organising "Jazzamanca" mini-festivals at Salamanca Place Arts space (featuring the growing number of musicians who have moved to Tasmania (such as Scott Tinkler and Steve Brien), as well as the younger local talents there, such as guitarists Jamie Pregnell and Julius Schwing).

Another veteran of the our scene was double bassist Murray Wall, who recently passed away in New York, where he had been based for decades. He had a solid niche there, recording with mainstream players such as Warren Vache.
On one of his visits to New York, Tony Gould marveled at the dedication and commitment of Wall in staying in NYC, as his apartment was tiny, and five floors up, without an elevator.
His support and encouragement of Australian musicians moving to NYC over many decades saw a long list of posts from musicians, such as Chris McNulty, Andrew Dickeson and Paul Grabowsky.

At this juncture, the MIJF, the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, and the Australian Jazz Museum have all recently been appealing to jazz fans for some form of financial support following the financial impact of COVID-19.
After a previous Crowd funding appeal, the MIJF has launched an attractive Jazz Club membership (details below).
The Wangaratta Festival already has Early Bird tickets on offer. But the Festival's Chairperson has put out an invitation for sponsors at all levels (from Major Venue and Corporate to Musical Partners). Let's hope that the Festival can find some sponsors, because they really do need some financial assistance for 2022.
(Speaking of which, some of the motels and accommodation have changed ownership since the 2018 Festival, so regular attendees should not take 'standing bookings' for granted, as some places are already booked out).

Congratulations to all of the finalists in both the Freedman Jazz Fellowship, and the Art Music Awards 2022. It is particularly pleasing to see several new - and younger -names here.

Lastly, such sad news tonight of the passing of a true Australian 'giant' in Archie Roach.
We can be thankful for Roach's courageous last tour performances, one of which was his inspiring Myer Music Bowl concert with the MSO and his longtime collaborator, Paul Grabowsky (who made such a great contribution to Roach's last album).

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_Pictured:Archie Roach & Paul Grabowsky _




Sunday, July 31, 7.30 pm, at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick. $25/$18 con.

Under the moniker of The Natives, Gideon Brazil (saxophone and flute) led a quintet that independently released their debut album, Yma Jam Yma, back in 2007. After a long break of several years, the Gideon Brazil Quintet is reformed, with this performance being in preparation for an upcoming album recording. The group will explore new compositions by Brazil, featuring mainly groove-based music. The group gives voice to Brazil's strong, soulful saxophone and lyrical jazz flute playing. Brazil has played as a sideman in a wide range of projects, including Antelodic, Brenton Foster Sextet, Louise Goh Quartet, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble, Elissa Goodrich Gene Tree and pop artist, Gotye (to name a few). Playing alongside Brazil will be longtime collaborators Darrin Archer (piano), Ryan Griffith (guitar), Jordan Tarento (electric bass) and Aaron Light (drums).

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Sunday, August 7, 7.30 pm, at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick. $25/$18 con.

Now based in Hobart, veteran drummer Ted Vining is an important figure in jazz circles for forming two long-running ensembles: the Ted Vining Trio (1970-2006) and Musiikki Oy (renamed as Blow in 2000). About to turn an energetic 85, his achievements were recognised with the Hall of Fame award at the 2017 ‘Bell’ Australian Jazz Awards. With the passing of bassist Barry Buckley in 2006, the Trio became “Impressions”, with younger bassist Gareth Hill joining Bob Sedergreen (piano) and Vining (who have a 40 year association), but has reverted back to their ‘trademark’ name. This Trio has maintained a great deal of the trademark interplay, humour and swing of its predecessor on both standards and some originals.



Sunday, August 14, 7.30 pm, at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick. $25/$18 con.

After independently releasing her lockdown octet EP From a Distance, pianist/ composer/ arranger Katarzyna Wiktorski’s Octet project celebrates the fusion of jazz, classical and improvisation through a dynamic group of players. Kat’s compositional approach strives to create balance between complexity and simplicity, with an overall arc of emotional sentiment and storytelling. The ensemble will perform a collection of new works exploring reflections on extended Melbourne lockdowns and themes of mental illness, grief, light, and change. The set will also feature fresh arrangements of previous releases and covers. Wiktorski is joined by Flora Carbo (alto saxophone), Chloe Sanger and Blakely McLean Davies (violin), Ffion Stoakes and Emily Wilson (cello), Madison James Smith (bass), and Oliver Ledi Hanane (drums).



Expatriate double bassist Murray Wall has passed away in New York at the age of 76. He will largely be unknown here except to older musicians, or those who heard and met him in New York (where he had been based for several decades, working steadily). He was a teacher and mentor for several musicians, including the late bassist Gary Costello. A great example of his playing is on the LP "Tony Gould" (on the Jazznote label) where he plays duets with pianist Tony Gould. And this is a video clip of him from 1989. Vale

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APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2022 Art Music Awards, to be held on Wednesday 31 August at the Meat Market, North Melbourne.

The Art Music Awards celebrate a diverse range of individuals and organisations in the Australian music community, recognising excellence among Australia’s finest composers and performers in contemporary classical, jazz, and experimental music.

Finalists for Work of the Year – Jazz include: Gian Slater’s Grey is Ground album; Hand to Earth, a collaboration between Aviva Endean, Sunny Kim, Peter Knight, Daniel Wilfred and David Wilfred; I Hold the Lion’s Paw’s work Lost in Place; and Benjamin Shannon’s track See You Round the Traps (Milton Man Gogh).

The shortlist for Performance of the Year – Jazz/Improvised Music includes: Jeremy Rose & The Earshift Orchestra with Simon Barker and Chloe Kim for Disruption! The Voice of Drums (Jeremy Rose, Simon Barker and Chloe Kim); Pat Jaffe, Callum Mintzis and ensemble for A Sanctuary of Quietude (Pat Jaffe and Callum Mintzis); a collaboration between the Vanessa Perica Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the performance of Love is a Temporary Madness, The Symphonic Suite (Perica); and ZÖJ Live at Melbourne Recital Centre (Gelareh Pour and Brian O’Dwyer).

The Performance of the Year – Notated Composition shortlist includes a collaboration between Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Art Orchestra, Daniel Wilfred, David Wilfred and conductor Benjamin Northey for Wata (Paul Grabowsky, Daniel Wilfred and David Wilfred).

The Award for Excellence in Music Education finalists include Tim Nikolsky, for his leadership, connection, and contribution to the music education community.

Finalists in the Work of the Year – Electroacoustic/Sound Art category include Erkki Veltheim (Effigy, for viola and electronics)


MJC RECORDINGS on 3PBS-FM in 2022 - Unbroken Trio

Gerry Koster's "Dizzy Atmosphere" show on 3PBS-FM on Sunday, 7, 8 pm, will feature the concert recording of the Unbroken Trio. It was recorded by Myles Mumford. It is available on the PBS website. MJC/PBS/Vorticity feature will be on Sunday, ,

WANGARATTA Festival Friday 28 October – Sunday 30 October EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE

We are thrilled to be returning to live events and pleased to advise that Early Bird tickets for the 2022 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, are now on sale.
Audience support over many years is what keeps us going. The 2022 program is adventurous and eclectic, featuring Australia’s premier jazz and blues artists, inspired international collaborations and the annual National Jazz Awards.
Each year the National Jazz Awards focuses on a particular instrument and the guitar will be in the spotlight this year. The prize pool includes cash and studio time along with national recognition. 2022 NJA entry details will be released shortly.

Dates: Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October 2022
Early Bird Pricing: $175 until 18 Aug
Full Program: $195 (19 Aug - 11 Oct)
Full Price: $210 (12 Oct - Fesival)
Children 16 & under are able to attend with a ticketed adult free of charge
Friday Day Pass: $55

Early Bird Bookings here


Early bird tickets on sale until 18 August 2022 unless sold out earlier.

MIJF 2022

MIJF's JAZZ CLUB Membership

We're just two weeks away from launching our 2022 program, and an annual MIJF membership will get you closer to the action this year—whether jazz is your newest passion or your life-long love.

Purchase your Jazz Club membership today for just $75, and you'll enjoy 10% off a huge range of festival performances, as well as exclusive ticket giveaways, access to invitation-only events, and your very own limited edition 2022 MIJF tote bag.

As a Jazz Club Member you’re also actively supporting the future of the Festival—helping us plan ahead and bring you the very best in jazz and improvised music year-on-year.
Link here

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Over the twelve years of being involved with the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, there has been one constant that keeps me connected.

That is the community support. The love and passion of so many locals, and loyal patrons. The way our volunteers, stake holders and artistic community come together to celebrate our great region and Festival.

On behalf of the Board, I wanted to take this opportunity to both warmly invite you back to the Festival in 2022, after three years away, but also open a conversation about our future, and the sustainability of the Festival.

In the past we have offered a friendship, and a buy in with varying levels of return. In the 2022, and in the future we offer partnerships, we aim to create a connection that not only shows your contribution to the festival, but now it supports its ongoing success. It shows a community partnership, an ownership we hope to celebrate with you once again.

The link below takes you a page with a number partnership opportunities, we hope to share our ownership of the Festival with as many people in the community as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read here, and consider.

Kind Regards
Dave Fuller
Chair - Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues

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The Finalists for the 2022 Freedman Jazz Fellowships have been announced so far are:
Kyrie Anderson (Adelaide/Melbourne) - Drums
Tom Avgenicos (Sydney) - Trumpet
Jayden Blockley (Perth) - Tenor saxophone
Flora Carbo (Melbourne) - Alto saxophone
Holly Conner (Sydney) - Drums
Gemma Farrell (Perth) - Alto saxophone'
Matt Hoyne (Melbourne) - Guitar
Harry Mitchell (Perth) - Piano
Maria Moles (Melbourne) - Drums
Nish Manjunath (Sydney) - Tenor saxophone
Audrey Powne (Melbourne) - Trumpet

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Review of ALLY (Sydney) in The Age

Returning from a stint in Europe, critic Jessica Nicholas reviewed Sydney group ALLY in the performance at The Paris Cat on July 22.
The four Sydney musicians were joined by Melbourne drummer Ryan Menezes for this gig.

Read the review here.


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UPTOWN JAZZ CAFE'S 14th. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - Scott Tinkler on Saturday, August 7th., 7.30 pm. $30/$25

Uptown turns Fourteen!!!!

Join us for the biggest jazz party of the year when trumpet giant Scott Tinkler leads this all star quartet through some of the best deconstructed/reconstructed jazz standards in the book, with Sam Keevers (piano),
Helen Svoboda (double bass) and Dave Beck (drums).

One of the most incredible trumpet players in the world today, Scott Tinkler's
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.
ARIA Award winner and Australia Council Fellowship recipient, Uptown are very proud to have him as a Melbourne icon and a leader of the local improvised music scene.


Australian Albums

Tim Nikolsky of The Australian Jazz Real Book Project has compiled an extensive list of Australian jazz artists on Bandcamp here

"Face to Face" by Jeremy Rose (Earshift EAR061 - CD and LP)

Catalogue Number: EAR061, EAR061LP
Streaming/Download :
Single 1 - Whispers
Single 2 – Queens
Personnel: Jeremy Rose (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet and effects); Steve Barry (piano); Noel Mason (bass); and, Alex Hirlian (drums).

Face to Face marks Jeremy Rose’s fourth solo album, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Within & Without __featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel.
The music is a reflection on the way we connect with each other and the importance of real-life connections. Jeremy explains, “We live in an increasingly connected yet isolated world. Whilst we are always always reachable, many have never felt more alone. I felt like I needed to reinforce the fundamental part of what makes us human - face to face connections. It’s a musical journey that steers our spiritual compass towards connections with others and placing value in what’s important - connections we have with ourselves, each other and the wider world.”
Listen now:
Reviewed by Eric Myers in The Weekend Australian today:
"There's much to praise about this formidable album... here he shows his impressive melodic gift, both as composer and improviser." ★★★★1/2



James Gaunt posted: ""I've written an article about Freddy Logan I thought some might enjoy. Originally from the Netherlands, Freddy came to Australia and was a member of The Australian All-Stars, and The Three Out, before moving to England and playing with Tubby Hayes.
I'd like to expand this further into a book eventually, so if anyone here has any memories of Freddy they'd like to share I'd love to speak with you. Thank you Tony Buckley for already giving some quotes!
Read the article on the Medium website here

MJC@40 - Part 5

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MJC@40: 1996-1997

Over 1994-1997 the MJC augmented its weekly "A-Live! Jazz" Series on Sunday nights with an annual special event of a Friday-Saturday-Sunday night residency with interstate groups, including the Mike Nock Quartet and Quintet, and the Bernie McGann Trio, at the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
The 1996 Program was reduced in scale due to a $5000 reduction in Federal funding, and $1000 in State funding.

1996 SERIES:

Weekly Series (Sundays at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club) + 2 Concerts (1 at The Continental)
60 performances, including 3 expatriate artists; 21 interstate artists (5 States); 35 different Victorian Acts;
ARTISTS (2 Concerts): “TiP” (CD Launch) at The Continental; Misha Mengelberg (The Netherlands) with “The Freeboppers” (Sydney) at Bennetts Lane (on a Wednesday); Mike Nock Quartet (Sydney) over 3 nights
ARTISTS (Bennetts): Chisholm-Colven Quintet (New Zealand); Chris Abrahams; Sandy Evans and Tony Gorman; Mike Nock Quartet; Cathy Harley Quartet; Gordon Brisker; “Tree”; “The Freeboppers”; Dale Barlow; Scott Tinkler Trio; Michael Sheridan; Chuck Yates; Gai Bryant Quartet; Bob Bertles; Tim Hopkins Quartet; Steve Brien & Craig Scott; Paul McNamara; Andrew Gander; Nick McBride; “The Jazz Partisans” (with James Greening (all Sydney); Jordan Murray; Anita Hustas; Alan Lee (all Perth); Elliot Dalgleish & John Rodgers (Brisbane); Fred Bradshaw (Tasmania); “Schmoe & Co” & Andy Sugg (Adelaide); “Wizards of Oz”; Schauble/ Campbell/ Gorman; Browne-Costello- Grabowsky; Brian Brown’s “Time After Time”; Morgana; Onaje; Ian Chaplin Quartet; David Tolley’s “That”; Joe Chindamo Trio; Niko Schauble’s “Papa Carlo”; Tony Gould Sextet; Mark Fitzgibbon Trio; Christophe Genoux Quintet; Sam Keevers Trio; Stephen Magnusson; Duggan-Costello-Browne; Jex Saarelaht Trio; Ken Tait’s “Imagine That”; Burke-Gould Duo; Browne-Haywood-Stevens; David Rex Quartet; Monique diMattina-Kate Price Duo; The York Quintet; Jenny Game Quartet; Lewis & Young Quartet; Steve Sedergreen/Andy Swann/Julien Wilson; Peter Jones Sextet; Matt Kirsch Trio; Anton Delecca Quartet; “Mistaken Identity”; Anton Delecca Quartet; “TiP”; Geoff Hughes Trio; Eugene Ball; Brian Brown-Sue Johnson Duo; Jackson-Beard Quintet; Delecca-Rex Quintet; Alain Valodze’s “Realm”

The 1997 Program commenced negatively with a drastic reduction of $11,000 in State funding (down to $5,000). However, after lobbying and a meeting with the Minister for the Arts, Ms. Lorraine Elliot, a second grant of $15,000 in State funding was secured, which enabled the expansion to a second weekly series (on Thursdays), and the founding of the 8-night Melbourne Women's Jazz Festival in December .

1997 SERIES:

Weekly Series (Sundays + Thursdays from July at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club) + 2 Concert (The Continental & Jazz Lane) + Melbourne Women’s Jazz Festival
81 performances, including 3 expatriate artists; 23 interstate artists (6 States); 51 different Victorian
Acts; 21 CD Launches & 11 Premiere performances
ARTISTS (Concerts): “Zeek’s Beak” (CD Launch) at The Continental + "The catholics" at Jazz Lane.
“The Necks” (3 nights) + Bernie McGann Trio & Sandy Evans (2 nights) at Bennetts Lane
ARTISTS (Bennetts): “The Necks”; Bernie McGann Trio & Sandy Evans; Judy Bailey; “The catholics”; Mike Nock; Gordon Brisker; “Tree”; Sean Wayland; Chris Cody Quartet; Andrew Speight; Dale Barlow; Scott Tinkler Trio; Bernie McGann & Chuck Yates; Jim Denley; Keith Hounslow; Michael Sheridan (all Sydney); Jamie Oehlers; Helen Matthews Quintet; Garry Lee (all Perth); Elliot Dalgleish (Brisbane); Viktor Zappner (Tasmania); Browne-Costello- Grabowsky; Brian Brown’s “Flight”; Morgana; Onaje; Niko Schauble Quartet; “Jeff Pressing’s “World Rhythm Band”; Ian Chaplin Quartet; Joe Chindamo Trio; Geoff Hughes; Lisa Young Quartet; "Festa"; Browne-Haywood-Stevens; Niko Schauble’s “On The Other Hand”;
Mark Fitzgibbon Trio; Sam Keevers; Jex Saarelaht Trio; “Bucketrider”; “Ish Ish”; Adam Simmons; Judy Jacques’ “Lighthouse”; Christophe Genoux; Fiona Burnett Quartet; Stephen Magnusson Quartet; Andy Sugg; Duggan-Costello-Browne; “Tabas”; Ruth Rodgers-Wright; Lucas Michaledis; York Quintet; Keller-Hustas; David Rex Quartet; “Musiikki Oy”; DiMattina-Price; Jordan Murray; Evan Lohning Septet; “Frock”;
Burke-Gould Quartet; “Jump Monk” with Rob McWilliams; Jenny Game; Patrice Lajoie; Dave Gardiner; Justine Jones; “Freesome”; “Zeno’s Wig”; Dyer-Wilmot Duo; Monique diMattina Quartet


Pictured: The Necks, c. 1997

MJC Membership & Acknowledgements

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MJC Associate Membership for 2022 is available in three tiers: Gold level is $75; Silver level is $30 ($20 concessions), and Bronze level is $10 for musicians. Associate Membership of the MJC costs just $75 for Gold Membership. When you sign up for Gold Membership you receive a free pass to one MJC Club performance by a Victorian ensemble and concession rates to all gigs all year, equating to large savings for frequent MJC audience members.
Silver membership costs $30 (or $20 for concession holders, $5 for Tertiary students). Silver members also receive one free pass to an MJC Club performance by a Victorian ensemble, as well as standard member benefits.
Musicians are encouraged to join at the special Bronze rate of only $10 per year and support the continued operations of the MJC, an organisation that supports them!
All members receive enewsletters and hard-copy or emailed brochures, and occasional discounts to sister businesses, or opportunities to win a range of giveaways (CDs, tickets and more) throughout the year.
For more information, email [] or visit our website for the easy, revamped Membership page here.

Do you have a gig coming up or a new album out? We would love to do a CD or ticket giveaway for you! email or


Founding Artistic Patron: the late Brian Brown, OA

Artistic Patrons: Mike Nock, ONZM & Professor Tony Gould, OA

MJC Chairperson: Eugene Ball

The MJC Program is being financially supported in 2022 by the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, together with the Australian Government through the Australia Council, the Federal Government's funding body, also providing funding from mid-2021-mid-2022. Vorticity Music has become a Patron Supporter of our Live Recording Project with 3PBS-FM

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