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Catch up on MIJF's Close Encounters with the world’s leading jazz artists and industry professionals.  Close Encounters are a free series of intimate conversations, live demonstrations and inspiring workshops held at MIJF annually covering a range of topics surrounding jazz and live music.

In 2019, MIJF welcomed prolific bassist and composer Linda May Han Oh back to Australia to premiere her ambitious new work, Aventurine, at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Audiences were then treated to a Close Encounter with the musician. You can watch this Festival-only experience below. 

Career Development Workshop: Marketing, Publicity and Branding

Career Development Workshop: Career Management

Career Development Workshop: Recording, Broadcasting and Distribution

Gretchen Parlato Workshop

Terri Lyne Carrington interview

Chris Dave & The Drumhedz interview

Yemen Blues interview and performance

Christian McBride interview

 Close Encounters is presented in association with

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