Five minutes with... Ginny Bloop from The Steve McQueens

The Steve McQueens is a neo-vintage soul-funk band, with a penchant for groove, and making music that just feels good.

This quintet from Singapore have been defining their own style of jazz infused neo-soul, a groove-based hybrid of tightly arranged and freely improvised sounds. 

Ahead of their trip to Australia for the Festival we caught up with vocalist Ginny Bloop.

The Steve McQueens will be performing with the Brenton Foster 6tet at the Darebin Arts Centre on Friday 2 June. 

Second Line Street Party FAQ's

On Saturday June 3, Melbourne's own Horns of Leroy and Swing Patrol will lead a joyous and jumpin' musical march through Southbank, followed by a free outdoor concert at Federation Square. 

We will answer all the frequently asked questions in this post, but if you still have a question please call the Melbourne International Jazz Festival office on 9001 1388 during business hours and we'll be happy to help out.

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Five minutes...with Brenton Foster

Brenton Foster continues to establish himself as an important voice in the Australian original music scene. His new album, The Nature Of Light, spans the divide between jazz, cinematic and singer-songwriter aesthetics. It follows his 2016 release, Two Cities, nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2016 The Age Music Victoria Awards. We caught up with Brenton ahead of his 6tet's MIJF performance. 

Five minutes...with Tal Cohen

Originally hailing from Perth, pianist Tal Cohen has been making waves internationally since he moved to the US a few years ago. He has played with heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Robert Hurst, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Joe Lovano to name a few. We caught up with the 2015 Freedman Fellowship winner ahead of his Melbourne International Jazz Festival appearance. 

Five minutes with...Dean from Barrow Boys Brewing

Barrow Boys Brewing was born from a love of beer and a desire to create something with a distinctly "Melbourne" flavour. Dean Romeo is one of the founders of this great brewery and is part of dynamic team with years of hospitality and brewing experience. We're delighted to have them as a Partner of the Festival as they represent so much of what Melbourne is about. We took 5 minutes to chat to Dean about Melbourne, music and the interesting story behind the Barrow Boys name.