Fri 14 Oct 2022 to Sun 23 Oct 2022

After a three-year hiatus, international acts return to Melbourne…  

For ten days in October, Melbourne International Jazz Festival will once again welcome the world’s very best jazz artists back to our shores—from true modern masters to the next generation of trailblazing talent.  Tickets on sale now

Highlights include: 

Al Di Meola 
A bona fide guitar luminary, Al Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on many more. Sitting firmly among the greatest guitarists of our time, with a celebrated international career spanning almost five decades and numerous Grammy awards, Di Meola’s astonishing ability has to be seen to be believed.
For this special MIJF performance, Di Meola will perform a combination of new material, older classics and compositions from some of his major influences—including Astor Piazzolla and Lennon & McCartney.  

Melissa Aldana Quartet  
 Grammy-nominated saxophonist Melissa Aldana is something of a trailblazer—she is both the first South American and the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition. Bringing to Melbourne her remarkable quartet, Aldana will be performing music from her acclaimed debut Blue Note album 12 Stars. A highly emotive offering, the music on 12 Stars grapples with concepts of childrearing, familial forgiveness, acceptance, and self-love—whilst showcasing the adventurousness and technical prowess of this incredible quartet.  

Dan Tepfer at The Planetarium 
In an age of unprecedented technological advancement, Dan Tepfer is changing the definition of what a musical instrument can be. As a pianist, Tepfer has performed alongside legends of the international jazz scene including Pharoah Sanders and Lee Konitz. Returning to MIJF after more than a decade, Tepfer will showcase his pioneering skill in this truly unique Festival experience by programming a Yamaha Disklavier to respond in real time to the music he improvises at the piano. Meanwhile, another computer program turns the music into stunning animated visual art projected onto the domed ceiling of the Melbourne Planetarium. 

Lalah Hathaway with the MSO  
Appearing in Australia for the very first time in a MIJF Festival exclusive, Lalah Hathaway will perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, honouring the legacy and work of her illustrious father—singer, arranger, composer and soul music legend, Donny Hathaway. Hathaway’s vocal prowess is undeniable, and her soulful jazz expression and technical virtuosity unparalleled. This is a rare and exclusive opportunity to see a true modern master alongside Australia’s leading symphony orchestra.  


Big Saturday 
feat. Fat Freddy’s Drop, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, The Bamboos and Harry James Angus 
Saturday 15 October at Sidney Myer Music Bowl 

The Jazzlab Club Sessions featuring Flora Carbo (Australia), Francesca Remigi (Italy/Australia), Meretrio & Heinrich von Kalnein (Brazil/Austria) and many more.  

Plus, Jazzlab Late Night Jams from 11pm with The Rookies. Come on down – you never know who you might see on stage.  

Finf the full program at - tickets selling fast!

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