Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014
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Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
-37.76203, 144.961424 (View Map)
10 Days (Tue, 30 May 2017 - Thu, 08 Jun 2017)
Ticket Price
FREE - AU$55.00
Festival Planned

This winter the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival hopes to break its attendance record for the third time in a row by really setting the bar high for jazz festivals worldwide – A festival you’ll definitely not want to miss if your in the area!

In 2013, more than 40,000 people gathered in Melbourne to attend nearly 100 events hosted over 10 days in venues spotted around the city. 80 of the best international jazz artists performed alongside 400 talented artists from Australia to give the crowds the time of their life.

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is one for all the family and offers child friendly free gigs during the daytime and late-night art parties, gigs in nightclubs, film screenings and bar entertainment for the adults in the evening.


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The Melbourne International Jazz Festival was first held in 1998 and ran smoothly up until 2002 when the funding by Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne stopped. By 2004 the festival was back up and running and had a new Chairman, Albert Dadon but even he couldn’t stop the festival going into recess in 2006 as a result of the cities spending on that years Commonwealth Games.

In 2007 and 2008 Dadon took over as Artistic director (a role that was currently held since 2004 by former director of the Umbria Jazz festival in Italy, Carlo Pagnotta.). In 2009 Michael Tortoni (owner of Bennett’s Lane)and Sophie Brous took over roles as artistic and programme director and the festival now features strongly in the Melbourne events calender each year.

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For the past 7 years the festival has included a ‘master class series’ where jazz experts, students, musicians, educators and festival goers gain powerful insites into the minds of the jazz legends. Normally the attendance to these masterclasses was low, this was until 2011 when the MIJF trialled some free classes (curtosy of a grant by the Ian Potter Foundation) which led to most of the classes being filled to capacity.

In 2012 the festival ran seven master classes, with 7 international artists over as many days and attracted around 1,500 people. The master classes remain free to this day.

A highlight for many festival-goers, these events are essential in the professional development of emerging and established musicians, and make an enormous contribution to Australia’s creative communities. – Melbourne International Jazz Festival

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Lineup & Schedule

The lineup for the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival is shown below. Check back regularly for details. Follow us on Facebook, bookmark this page or ⇩ subscribe to lineup notifications ⇩:

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The 2013 lineup included acts like: Cassandra Wilson, Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers, Christian McBride Trio, Maria Schneider/Darcy James Argue with the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, James Carter Organ Trio, Mike Stern Band, Here Comes the Night: Songs from the Van Morrison Songbook, 774’s Roaring Swing, Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, Kneebody, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with special guests, ERIMAJ, Monash Art Ensemble, Gilad Hekselman with the Jamie Oehlers Trio, Dans les Arbres, The End, Red Fish Blue, Kekko Fornarelli Trio, Omri Mor Trio, David Helbock Trio, James Carter with Julien Wilson’s Upright Trio.


The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is held over 20 different venues around Melbourne City. The venues are as follows:

  1. Alexander Theatre – Alexandra Theatre, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton
  2. Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall – 26–28 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
  3. Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) – Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
  4. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club – 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
  5. The Cave at Kelvin Club – Melbourne Place, Melbourne (near corner of Russell and Little Collins Streets)
  6. Dizzy’s Jazz Club – 381 Burnley Street, Richmond
  7. Federation Square – Corner Flinders St and St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  8. The Forum – 154 Flinders Street, Melbourne (corner of Russell St)
  9. Forum Upstairs – 154 Flinders Street, Melbourne (corner of Russell Street)
  10. The Hi-Fi – 125 Swanston St, Melbourne (opposite Melbourne Town Hall)
  11. Iwaki Auditorium – ABC Southbank Centre Corner Southbank Boulevard and Moore Street, Southbank
  12. The Langham – 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank
  13. Melbourne Recital Centre – 31 Sturt Street, Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank
  14. Melbourne Town Hall – 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne (corner of Collins St), Melbourne
  15. Palais Theatre – Lower Esplanade, St Kilda (Corner of Cavell & Carlisle Streets)
  16. The Paris Cat Jazz Club – 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne (near corner of Queen and Little Bourke Streets)
  17. The Salon – 31 Sturt Street, Corner of Southabnk Blvd. and Sturt Street
  18. The Salon & Monash University – Monash University Wellington Road, Clayton
  19. Trunk Bar & Restaurant – 275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
  20. The Wheeler Centre – 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne (between Swanston & Russell Sts)


Most of the venues above will be serving food during the festival period but if you wanted to head out for a bite to eat before seeing some jazz music you should check out Urban Spoon’s Page on Melbourne which lists all the best places to eat in Melbourne along with user submitted photos of their food, reviews of the place and the service and price.

Inside MoVida bar de Tapas

Inside MoVida bar de Tapas

For the very best food in town (with a Spanish twist) I’d suggest visiting the MoVida bar de Tapas, a Spanish Tapas bar. The choice of food is excellent, but it’s VERY easy to get carried away and spending more that what you wanted to.


Tickets are available on a ‘per venue/show’ basis and vary in price from FREE to AU$50+, most are in the AU$20-AU$30 price range. Tickets can be bought from or at the venue door (many venues get sold out very quickly!) but are not available for purchase until March 2014 time when the acts are confirmed.

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Flights & Transportation

Melbourne Airport Ground Map

Melbourne Airport Ground Map

The nearest international airport to Melbourne is the Melbourne Airport (MEL) and is located approximately 20 km from the City Center. The easiest way to get to Melbourne City from the airport is to use the SkyBus which departs every 10 minutes and runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week, they serve over 2 million travellers every year the SkyBus will take you direct to Southern Cross station, from there they offer a free shuttle to mos CDD, Docklands and Southbank hotels. Tickets are AU$17.00 one-way if purchased on their website but might be slightly cheaper if purchased at the airport. Other alternatives to the SkyBus are the Starbus and Jetbus who offer similar services.

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Using public transport takes a little time and effort, but the cost is low. The PTV (Public Transport Victoria) bus stop is located outside terminal 1 but please note there is no public transport information at the airport. An interesting and inexpensive way to get from Melbourne Airport to the city is by combined bus and train. Take the 901 bus to Broadmeadows station (a ride of about 20 minutes) and change to the train for the 40 minute trip to Flinders Street (Melbourne central business district). This service operates at 15 minute intervals during the week and every half hour at night and at weekends.

Full public transport information (for Melbourne and the entire state of Victoria) including a journey planner is at

Melbourne’s public transport “smart card” fare system is called Myki and can be confusing for visitors or casual travellers. A good idea is to purchase a Myki card on line prior to visiting Melbourne. Regular Myki cards can’t be purchased at the airport but a special visitors’ pack is available from the Skybus booth. Note that Skybus does not accept Myki. Full Myki details at Public Transport Victoria.

Another option for regional travellers, connecting to V/Line services from Melbourne Airport (bus stop outside terminal 1) via the infrequent 479/500 buses to Sunbury (on the Bendigo line) and the 901 to Broadmeadows (on the Seymour/Albury/Shepparton lines). V/Line tickets can be used on metropolitan public transport services (but not Skybus) for no extra charge. But they would need to be purchased in advance (on line) in order to be used from the airport by arriving passengers. – Melbourne: Arriving & Departing – TripAdvisor

Alternatively you can get a taxi (around AU$50-60 one-way). But note the following extra charges that could be imposed:

  • Citilink and Eastlink tollway fees,
  • 20% late night surcharge if travelling between midnight and 5am.
  • A service fee (usually 10%) for EFTPOS/credit/debit transactions, on top of the metered fare.
  • $2.00 airport fee for taxis leaving from Melbourne Airport taxi ranks.

Car hire options, airport parking, bus & other services information can be found on the official To and From the Airport section of the Melbourne Airport website.


Currently 21 airlines fly into Melbourne Airport (list of airlines here). To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Melbourne during the festival period (Early June) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list):

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Melbourne for as little as AU$23.00! – (Private rooms $45.00+)

I would recommend checking Melbourne hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival as it’s hosted in the middle of the city. However, you are allowed to ‘camp’ in your Motorhome or various other places in and around the city – Visit Melbourne has a good information page here.


We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.

Outside of the Festival

 the Great Ocean Road

Get out of the city and drive the Great Ocean Road!

So you’ve come all the way to Melbourne, Australia for the Jazz festival? Well, whilst you’re hear you may as well check out the best things the city has to offer. Why not visit the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium at the Melbourne Aquarium to see Antarctic Penguins ans sealife from all over the world, a great day out if you’ve got kids.

If animals and sea-life aren’t your thing then you could always go for a drive along the Great Ocean Road which is considered by many to be Australia’s most beautiful drive.

Other good things to do whilst your here:

If you require any further information on this festival or would like to leave a message for others then please use the comments section below.

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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on April 30, 2014
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