Jazz legend Pharoah Sanders will headline the Melbourne International Jazz Festival from May 28 to June 7. Other international acts include Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Bad Plus, guitarist Richard Bona, drummer Eric Harland and from Norway, the Tord Gustavsen Quartet.
The local contingent will be spearheaded by the Monash Art Ensemble with the Young Wagilak Group of Arnhem Land with Paul Grabowsky’s new multi-movement suite, Nyilipidgi. Other locals include the Barney McCall Quintet, Sam Keevers, James Muller, Wilbur Wilde and the Andrea Keller Quartet.
To mark the closing of the iconic Bennett’s Lane jazz club in mid-June a series of showcase performances will be held at the club. Acts announced include The Cat Empire, the Allan Browne Quintet and, from the USA, Erica Harland Voyager, the Julian Lage Trio and the Walter Smith III Quintet.
Full details of the program are available at: melbournejazz.com/program