Fri 31 May 2019 to Sun 9 Jun 2019

PBS Presents seven selected shows from The 22nd MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL.

For over two decades, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has showcased the world’s best jazz, right here in Melbourne. MIJF is now Australia’s pre-eminent jazz festival, recognized internationally for the creativity and depth of its programming. PBS 106.7 FM are proud to present 7 selected events from the 2019 MIJF festival, from Modern Masters, Explorations in Jazz, 170 Russell, Melbourne Recital Centre and Jazzlab Club Sessions. Plus The PBS Young Elder of Jazz special event with Josh Kelly

Full program here.

PBS Presented shows:
1. Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest (USA)
2. Billy Childs: Rebirth (USA)
3. Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton (USA)
4. Linda May Han Oh: Aventurine (Australia/USA)
5. Vijay Iyer Trio (USA)
6. Rafiq Bhatia (USA)
7. Vince Jones (AUS)
PLUS The PBS Young Elder of Jazz winner Josh Kelly (AUS)

Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest (USA)
Support: Brekky Boy
Sunday 2 June, 7:00pm
at 170 Russell

Hailed as ‘jazz’s most influential bandleader under 40’ (The New York Times), trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is situated in both the centre and the periphery of jazz. Part of a generation of influential artists – such as Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Thundercat – who worked with Kendrick Lamar on his album, To Pimp a Butterfly, Akinmusire is carving out the shape of the future of jazz. MIJF is very excited to present Origami Harvest as an Australian exclusive – a project that pits contemporary chamber music against left-field jazz, hip hop, funk, spoken word and soul to create richly textured soundscapes that record the social climate of our times.
Tickets here.

Billy Childs: Rebirth (USA)
Support: The Jazzlab Orcheztra
Friday 31 May, 7:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

A five-time GRAMMY winner, piano virtuoso and prolific composer, Billy Childs is one of the most exhilarating artists working in jazz today. In Melbourne with his formidable Quartet for the first time, Childs will perform material from his critically acclaimed album Rebirth, named Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. With sophisticated group interplay and blistering improvisation, this Opening Night performance will be a tour de force of contemporary jazz you won’t want to miss.
Tickets here.

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton (USA)
Support: Audrey Powne
Wednesday 5 June, 7:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

The unexpected breakout star of the Oscar Winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013), Fischer’s original break came working with R&B legend Luther Vandross. After four decades as one of the world’s most in demand backup singers, bringing raw soul to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, Tina Turner and Beyoncé, Fischer has made centre stage undeniably and rightfully her own. For the MIJF show, Fischer joins forces with Caribbean jazz rock fusion band Grand Baton to transform soulful originals, recast rock anthems from her tours with the Stones and Turner, and put her stamp on the likes of Led Zeppelin and Little Willie John.
Tickets here.

Linda May Han Oh: Aventurine (Australia/USA)
Support: Michelle Nicolle Quartet – Bach Project
Saturday 8 June, 7:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

Aventurine is a stunning new work from acclaimed bassist and composer, Linda May Han Oh. Performed by a quartet of fearless jazz improvisers (including Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan), vocal ensemble Invenio led by Gian Slater, and a mesmerising string quartet, Aventurine seamlessly blends references as diverse as Cuban dance, Korean traditional rhythms and Charlie Parker.
Tickets here.

Vijay Iyer Trio (USA)
Friday 31 May, 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Sunday 2 June, 7:00pm, 9:30pm
The Jazzlab

A visionary pianist, composer and musical thinker, GRAMMY nominee Vijay Iyer’s creative work spans the arts, the humanities and the sciences, dissolving boundaries between jazz, classical music, hip-hop, funk and electronica. Drawing on a world history of groove, music from his genre-mashing trio is sketched with rhythmic ideas from Indian folk to African beats to electronic dance.
Tickets here.

Rafiq Bhatia (USA)
Sunday 9 June, 7:00pm, 9:30pm
The Jazzlab

Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia is an artist who refuses to be constrained by the preconceptions of what’s expected from contemporary jazz musicians. Drawing inspiration from influences as varied a Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane as well as from mentors and collaborators including Vijay Iyer and Billy Hart, Bhatia sees music as a way to actively shape and represent his own identity, not limited by anyone else’s prescribed perspective.
Tickets here.

Vince Jones: A Personal Selection (Australia)
Thursday 6 June, 7:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

A national treasure whose music defies categorisation, throughout his 20-album international career he has never hesitated in his musical evolution.
Starting out as a bebop trumpeter, Jones has gone on to become Australia’s leading jazz vocalist. A remarkable interpreter of songs, he has a refreshingly direct vocal style that resists technique, in favour of creating feeling and mood.
Tickets here.

PLUS The PBS Young Elder of Jazz winner Josh Kelly
Saturday 1 June, 9:30pm
The Jazzlab

A special annual event by PBS showcasing the winner of PBS’ long form jazz commission “The Young Elder of Jazz”. Josh will appear at MIJF for the performance of this winning piece and then have it played on Jazz on Saturday the following week in a pre-recorded special broadcast.
More details here.

Full program here