It's that time of year again to get a little offbeat at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Running from the 30th of May to the 8th of June, scatman(s) and their ladies are in for a week full of soulful stylings from the world's best jazz musos, as well our very own homegrown talent. With club sessions, workshops, films and family events on offer, there is something for every age group.
Read on, my jazzy friends, for our top picks of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Davi Sings Sinatra
Possibly better known for his roles in Licence to Kill and Die Hard, the classically trained Robert Davi for the first time ever brings his love of jazz and Frank Sinatra to Australia. Performing classics from the Great American Songbook, his voice is matched by his swagger to create one heck of a tribute show.
774's Swing Noir
Take a hop, skip and a jump back in time to when jazz was king in Europe and the D-floor was inhabited by the Charleston. Forget twerking; at 774's Swing Noir the Swing Patrol Instructors teach you how to tear it up while Melbourne bands Ultrafox, Swingville and ABC's DJ Miss Sugar Puss bring you the most seductive jazz to get your groove on to.
Jorge Pardo 'Huellas'
Trekking all the way from Spain, Jorge Pardo premieres his flamenco-jazz music in Australia for the first time. Being dubbed one of the most innovative instrumentalists, he is influenced by music from as far afield as Africa, the Caribbean and Cuba, ensuring an intoxicating performance. Opening for Pardo is Christopher Hale's Sylvan Coda, harking back to back to the roots of flamenco, jazz and rock music to create a complex and progressive sound.
Get your funk on with the broad New York Times called 'the best jazz singer alive today', Mary Stallings. A professional from the age of ten, no wonder she received the Life Time Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Festival Gala. Blending new and old jazz, you can expect to hear everything from swing to ballads with this one.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival | 30th May - 8th June
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