Are you ready to feel the rhythm?
Shake off the lockdown blues this December at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. After going completely online in 2020 and getting pushed back from their original October date, this festival is determined to breathe life back into Melbourne. Across four days, there will be over 70 live performances and events. This festival will take place from Thursday December 2 to Sunday December 5.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Every year since 1998, the sound of jazz travels above ground and takes over Melbourne. International names and Australian contemporaries come together to celebrate jazz culture.
After over 260 days in lockdown and its impact on the live music industry, this festival has emerged triumphantly with a massive program. This year, there will be 70 live performances and events, 16 premieres and album launches, and some of the best in Australian jazz across a four-day period.
“I am thrilled that after last year’s online event and this year’s postponement, our 24th festival will, finally, be going ahead with a full program of live events,” said Artistic Director Michael Tortoni. “The great Louis Armstrong famously said, ‘Music is life itself‘ and I am so excited for Melbourne to come alive once more – the fact that the Melbourne International Jazz Festival will play a part in that makes me extraordinarily proud.”
The festival program includes a range of free and low cost events so that everyone in the community can come together and celebrate jazz.
The Festival Program
Kicking off the festival is the 2021 Opening Night Gala. This Gala will feature a spectacular international collaboration with Melbourne’s own Venessa Perica, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Christopher Crenshaw from Jazz at the Lincoln Center in America. This special Opening Gala will take place in Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre on Friday November 26.
Meanwhile, a new Jazz Hub will launch in the CBD at The Toff in Town. This Jazz Hub will revive the late night scene in the CBD, showcasing the best of Melbourne’s jazz sound every night of the festival. Expect jams lasting late into the night, as well as album launches from spectacular musicians.
You’ll discover jazz in suburbs all across Melbourne, in locations like Footscray Night Market, Rose Street Artists’ Market in Fitzroy, Malvern Town Hall, Chapel Off Chapel and Northcote Town Hall.
However, the highly anticipated Big Sunday event at Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been postponed to October next year. This mammoth six-hour event, which included international stars Fat Freddy’s Drop, was postponed due to uncertainty about international travel. All current ticket holders have automatically had their dates rescheduled to 2022.
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