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28 March, 2019

It’s that time again! The full 2019 program is now on sale.

 We’re taking over the city with a jam-packed 10-day program filled with world premieres, Australian exclusives and international collaborations.


The twenty-second Festival program includes jazz luminary Herbie Hancock; piano virtuoso Billy Childs; power-house vocalist Lisa Fischer; national jazz treasure Vince Jones; acclaimed bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh with her new work Aventurine; as well as Laura Mvula, José James and Troy Miller reimaging George Gershwin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


If you haven’t got your tickets for these incredible acts yet, get in quick before they sell out.


The full 2019 Festival program reveals more international artists, local legends and something for every jazz lover.


Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire comes to MIJF with an Australian exclusive of his politically charged new album, Origami Harvest. Cult favourite Ghost-Note, led by Snarky Puppy’s multi-GRAMMY-winning percussion duo Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, will hit have Melbourne dancing with a night of energetic, unforgettable jazz funk.


Visionary pianist, composer and musical thinker Vijay Iyer will play four intimate shows at Melbourne’s iconic club, The Jazzlab. And the Bill Frisell Trio make their highly anticipated return after two memorable sold out shows in 2017.


You’ll catch the Cat Empire’s Ross James Irwin and an 11-piece band of local all-stars celebrating the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ masterpiece Kind of Blue.  The Angela Davis Trio will launch a brand new album, the third for Davis as a band leader.


Plus three new works commissioned for the Festival will make their debut: Into Light by Tomorrow is My Turn leader, Claire Cross; Displacement by PBS Young Elder of Jazz Josh Kelly; and a unique piece by Gian Slater performed by…well…you. The Jazz Assembly invites vocalists of all abilities to join the chorus for this one-off, specially commissioned piece to open the Festival.


All this plus a host of club sessions, Jazz on Film, free performances, family-friendly events and more.


Browse the full program and find out what else is in store for MIJF 2019.

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