Uptown Jazz Cafe - Melbourne's newest jazz and improvised music venue

23 January  

Andrea Keller Transients Trio

bookings please email us - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

Uptown is very proud to present, the new Tuesday residency for the wonderful pianist and composer, Andrea Keller.

With their beginnings in January 2016, 'Transients' are a series of trios assembled by Andrea Keller, inspired by the philosophy and legacy of esteemed mentor Allan Browne. Based on a collective approach, the music strives for human connection and meaningful dialogue. The trios perform compositions by all members, free improvisations and a few standards as well.

'Transients I' w/ Julien Wilson (bass clarinet/tenor saxophone) & Sam Anning (double bass)
'Transients II' w/ Christopher Hale (bass guitar) & James McLean (drums)
'Transients III' w/ Ben Robertson (double bass) & Lewis Pierre-Humbert (drums)
'Transients IV' w/ Eugene Ball (trumpet) & Tamara Murphy (double bass)
'Transients V' with Stephen Magnusson (guitar) & James McLean (drums)
and many special guests to come.

"Pianist Andrea Keller - whose contributions to this festival were a highlight - joined Eugene Ball on trumpet and Tamara Murphy on bass for Transients IV, one of Keller's trios inspired by and in memory of the late Allan Browne. There was so much magnetism and space in the originals they played that I did not want to leave."
- Review of Transients IV at Wangaratta Jazz Festival by Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz, November 1, 2016.

"Wonderful compositions by Keller and Anning. Keller's tribute to the late John Taylor, a pianist and mentor, entitled 'Grateful, Hopeful, Joyful', was breathtakingly beautiful".
- Review of Transients I at Wangaratta Jazz Festival by Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz, November 1, 2016.

$15/10 entry

2 sets from 8.30pm




24 January   



The most happening Be-bop band in the land.

Phil Noy - alto saxophone
James Sherlock - guitar
Mark Elton - acoustic bass
Sam Bates - drums

Now into the 8th year of their Wednesday residency at Uptown, stretching the tunes of the bop masters Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Tad Dameron, MIles Davis and beyond. One of the most remarkable ensembles to come out of the Melbourne be-bop tradition in a long time.

Swinging, grooving and bopping the Uptown stage every Wednesday, it's a must.

$15/10 students entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


to reserve a table please email - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

25 January   

Melbourne Improvisers Collective



The best in emerging jazz and improvised music.


Scott Van Gemert Octet presents: The Music of Thelonious Monk

Scott van Gemert - Trombone
Eugene Ball- Trumpet
Carl Mackey - Alto Saxophone
Jonathon Cooper - Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Adam Simmons - Baritone Saxophone
Kade Brown - Piano
Paddy Fitzgerald - Double Bass
Luke Andresen - Drums

"In their first Melbourne performance, Scott van Gemert presents his newest project: the "SvG 8tet". Featuring the music of one of the most significant jazz composers in history, pianist Thelonious Monk, Scott’s distinctive arranging style will breathe new life to these compositions in ways you have never heard before. Featuring a band full of high calibre musicians, this will be an energetic show for all to enjoy!"

9:45pm - Julien Wilson’s ARC

Julien Wilson (tenor sax) reconvenes a lithe version of the Autonomous Resilience Collective featuring Barney McAll (piano/bulbul tarang), Sam Anning (bass), Leigh Fisher (drums) and Javier Fredes (perc). Australia Day Eve (and the conclusion of the MIC) presents the perfect moment for music that celebrates resistance, revolution and struggle. ARC is not FakeNews. ARC is as real as it gets. ARC is not fundamentalist. ARC has faith. ARC is not fanatical. ARC is spiritual. ARC does not discriminate. ARC is discerning. ARC is not bitter. ARC is tart.

Doors 8pm, 2 sets from 8.30pm

$10 entry


to reserve a table please email - uptownjazzcafe@email.com​

19 January

8pm - Chris Tanner Band


One of the world's great traditional jazz clarinet players.

Originally from Melbourne, long time member of many Allan Browne ensembles, the Hoodangers and many more, Chris now resides in Copenhagen where he has become an important part of the Danish and European jazz scene. It is a rare treat to have him this Friday at Uptown.

expect swinging, stomping, classic trad jazz in the vein of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Django Reinhart.

Chris Tanner - clarinet
Ben Gillespie - trombone
John Scurry - guitar
Sam Anning - acoustic bass

Doors 8pm, music from around 8.30.

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com and just pay for tickets on arrival

20 January

The Anton Delecca Standards Quartet
featuring Mark Fitzgibbon


8pm - Anton Delecca Standards Quartet

Melbourne tenor saxophonist, currently based in New York is back for a brief visit this week.

returning to Uptown for a night of swinging jazz standards inspired by some of the very best jazz tenor saxophonists in history.

The Anton Delecca Standards Quartet will be playing hand picked material from some of the greats such as Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and the Duke Ellington/ Billy Strayhorn team, as well as a selection of swinging standards.

Anton plays in internationally renowned band The Bamboos and is a sort after multi-instrumentalist. Anton also has three albums out on Australia’s leading jazz label - Jazzhead

Highly recommended for lovers of the Tenor saxophone.

doors 8pm, music from 8.30 



bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com and just pay for tickets on arrival


03 February

The Scott Tinkler Standards Quartet

On Saturday February 03 we say farewell to one of the most important figures on the Melbourne jazz scene, Scott Tinkler.

Seriously one of the world's best improvised music (or jazz standard) trumpet players, it is an honour to have him play a jazz standards based gig at Uptown.

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com



bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com