Art & Design

The NGV Is Kicking Off Friday Night Jazz Sessions Next Month

By James Shackell
8th May 2018


You’d think the NGV crew might want to take a break after the Triennial. You know, sit around for a few months, do some meditation, moisturise, drink a few cocktails. But nope, they’re already planning their next big do: a series of Friday night NYC-style jazz sessions.

It’s all part of the upcoming Melbourne International Jazz Festival: a curated program of headline acts that are certainly the “bee’s knees”, and possibly even the “cat’s pyjamas”.

Each Friday night in June, July, August & September, a different jazz legend will perform two sets at the NGV, drawing from afro-jazz, neo-soul, gospel, jazz-blues, hip-hop and funk. (Don’t ask us what neo-soul is.) The biggest star in this very groovy line-up is Brooklyn-based contemporary jazz trumpeter Maurice Brown. And if you’ve been neglecting your contemporary jazz trumpet listening recently, he’s the guy who’s recorded with Florence & The Machine, Macy Gray and The Roots.

The Friday Nights series will run alongside the NGV’s upcoming MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art (15 June – 5 October). Tickets will set you back $32 ($13 for kids), but that gets you after-hours access to the MoMA exhibition, all the live jazz your ears can handle, plus food and beverage pop-ups.

So grab some mates (and some giggle water) and enjoy, old sport.

The Details

Where: National Gallery Victoria
When: Every Friday from 15 June – 5 October
For more info, click here

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Image credit: NGV

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