Modern Masters Headlining The 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

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Modern masters headlining the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Other jazz luminaries joining Herbie Hancock in the twenty-second Melbourne International Jazz Festival program include piano virtuoso Billy Childs, power-house vocalist Lisa Fischer, national jazz treasure Vince Jones as well as Laura Mvula, José James and Troy Miller reimagining George Gershwin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Michael Tortoni, explained, "We cannot wait to host these prolific jazz artists in some of Melbourne's best venues - the world class Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne and the acclaimed music destination that is Melbourne Recital Centre."

"This is only a taste of our wonderful 10-day program that will celebrate jazz music and culture throughout Melbourne featuring more than 350 Australian, international and emerging artists," said Tortoni.

The 2019 festival will open with Gershwin Reimagined - a partnership with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing a series of Gershwin works as interpreted by conductor, composer, producer and musician Troy Miller; and featuring the incredible vocals of Laura Mvula, described as the Nina Simone of our generation, alongside American jazz and festival favourite José James.

For the first time in Melbourne, Billy Childs will play with his formidable quartet: Dayna Stephens, Alex Boneham and Christian Euman and will perform material from the critically acclaimed album Rebirth, named Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards.

With her sublime vocals, monumental range and incredible versatility, Lisa Fischer will appear with Caribbean jazz-rock fusion band Grand Baton and will transform soulful originals, recast rock anthems and put their stamp on the likes of Led Zeppelin and Little Willie John.

As one of Australia's leading jazz vocalists and an unparalleled musical story-teller, Vince Jones returns to the festival with a handpicked selection of songs marking milestones from his remarkable 20-album international career.
The full festival program will be announced on 26 March 2019.

Modern masters headlining the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival:


Melbourne International Jazz Festival 31 May - 9 June 2019 The 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) returns for its 22nd year. A 10-day celebration of jazz music and culture MIJF 2019 will feature more than 350 Australian, international and emerging artists, taking place in 25 venues across Melbourne. Ranging from grandiose concerts in the world-class Hamer Hall to intimate jazz clubs, plus vibrant café gigs in Melbourne's west and free community events, MIJF will continue to deliver events reaching thousands right across Melbourne and Victoria. The 2019 program will feature eight Australian/international collaborations, numerous MIJF exclusives as well as cultural partnerships with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre, and others. Illustrating the ongoing importance and breadth of jazz the 2019 program offers a diversity of experiences and showcases many outstanding Australian and International Artists, with new projects from leading local artists. Experience the world's best jazz artists right here in Melbourne and immerse yourself in a stunning program which offers something for everyone. melbournejazz.com



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