Celebrating 20 years of jazz in all its forms with a 10-day program from jazz masters to cross artform collaborations in intimate club performances.

With nearly 500 Australian, international and emerging artists performing in over 120 events in 27 bars, clubs and venues across Melbourne


Carla Bley

Some of the other outstanding jazz artists featured include jazz luminary Carla Bley (USA) and her long-standing trio who will make their Australian debut; one of the world’s most legendary jazz guitarists, Bill Frisell (USA); The Donny McCaslin Group (USA); and the legendary improvising trio The Necks (Australia) will perform an exclusive four-night residency at Melbourne’s brand-new jazz club The Jazzlab in Brunswick.

International artists include Dianne Reeves (USA), Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia), Satoko Fujii (Japan), Kenny Barron (USA), Vince Jones (Australia), Andrea Keller (Australia), The Steve McQueens (Singapore), Myele Manzanza (New Zealand), Pascal Schumacher (Luxembourg), Yotam Silberstein Quartet (Israel), NAK Trio (Poland) and MaxMantis (Switzerland).

“Over the past twenty years the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has developed into a centrepiece of Australia’s cultural scene that continually delivers a world class event which attracts amazing jazz artists. This year is no exception, with a program that pays homage to the past while also showcasing new directions, both from the international scene and our own thriving Australian jazz community.” Michael Tortoni, Melbourne International Jazz Festival Artistic Director.

Event: 2-11 June, 2017

Where: Various venues in Melbourne

feature image Donny McCaslin, inset Carla Bley