Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2016
Now in its 19th year, the 2016 Melbourne International Jazz Festival achieved record-breaking attendance and community engagement. Over 44,000 people came together to celebrate jazz as a constantly-evolving art form, ranging from golden-age icons to genre-bending innovators.
- 129 events across 10 days in 27 venues across Melbourne
- 478 artists from across Australia and around the world
- 9.1% growth in overall box office revenue
- 44,000+ overall attendance
- $4 million in media value
- Audience Satisfaction rating of 95%
The 2016 Melbourne International Jazz Festival electrified the city this winter with an extraordinary program of international jazz greats, celebrating jazz as a constantly-evolving art form, ranging from golden-age icons to genre-bending innovators.
Modern Masters This series celebrates the world’s modern masters of jazz alongside the most important and iconic voices in contemporary jazz today. Highlights included saxophone legend Wayne Shorter, wunderkind bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist come musical rollercoaster Hiromi, Latin jazz titan Eddie Palmieri and Father of Ethio-Jazz Mulatu Astatke.
Explorations in Jazz Exploring the boundaries of jazz and improvised music, the Explorations in Jazz series brought the world’s leading sonic innovators to Melbourne with barnstorming jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy, the latest of Stu Hunter’s hard-grooving suites the migration and a debut collaboration between Benin-born guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke and Sydney’s The Vampires.
Club Sessions Like a phoenix from the ashes, the iconic Bennetts Lane Jazz Club returned for another year, hosting packed out nights of jazz, featuring prepared Sardinian guitar maestro Paolo Angeli, an intimate performance by the Robert Glasper Trio, emotive Israeli pianist Shai Maestro and Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life in a hugely-popular weekend residency. Revelry continued into the wee hours every night of the Festival with Late Night Jams led masterfully by Melbourne’s own Hue Blanes Trio.
Unpredictable, unrepeatable and intimate, this series also featured gigs at Uptown Jazz Café, Dizzy’s Jazz Club and the Lido Jazz Room.
Jazz Out West The third year of the Festival’s Jazz Out West program saw enthusiastic, capacity crowds experiencing urban soundscapes, Ethio-jazz and soulful grooves in downtown Footscray. This free series of events featured artists from the exhilarating frontier of modern Australian jazz including 30/70 Collective, Wallace and Mister Ott.
Free Events From lunchtime jazz and late-night parties to artists workshops and intimate conversations, this Festival featured more than 20 free events including the extraordinary Sound Portraits, the highly-popular Los Cabrones at the Winter Night Markets and Transitive Cycles, an original composition for the Federation Bells by Barney McCall.