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

30 November 


The most happening Be-bop band in the land.

Now into the 7th 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.

featuring -

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

$10 entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


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


01 December

Melbourne Improvisers Collective


Hammon/ Rankin Project

Scott van Gemert - trombone
Flora Carbo - alto saxophone
Isaac Gunnoo - double bass
Luke Andresen - drums


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

02 December

The Stephen Magnusson Trio

One of the world's leading improvised music guitar players
Guitarist and composer Stephen Magnusson is a musician at the height of his powers. From the precocious virtuoso who dazzled the music world when he crashed onto the scene, to a musician so mature, complete and respected that when people talk of an “Australian sound” of instrumental music, it is Magnusson’s influence – his tone, his touch, his compositional watermark and his deep sensitivity – that they hear.

founding member of SNAG, FESTA, Assumptions Trio (Julien Wilson and Will Guthrie) Julio and The Stevies (again with Julien and also Stephen Grant), his trio MAG (Frank DiSario and Dave Beck) and the latest quartet – Magnet (Carl Pannuzzo, Eugene Ball and Sergio Beresovsky) Steve is one of the most vital, musical and leading exponents in this music. Plus he's a sweetheart....

featuring everything from hard swinging Ornette Coleman tunes to delicate originals and distinctive ballads, sometimes even a cover of a Cold Chisel or The Police, Steve captivates and meserises with his incredible musicianship and openness....

with -

Frank Di Sario - double bass

Simon Barker - drums



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

03 December 

Simon Barker Rhthym Workshop

Scott Tinkler/Simon Barker Duo - launch of their new project "Tides"

Sam Keevers Quartet w Simon Barker

5.30pm - Simon Barker workshop
One of the world's most incredible improvising drummers Simon Barker returns to Uptown for another of his highly successful workshops open to all, focussing on a variety of rhythm, improvising, numbers, history.

Simon Barker (PhD Jazz Performance) is a lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In addition to his solo performances and recordings, Simon co-leads several internationally recognized collaborative ensembles including Trace Sphere, Chiri, Showa 44, and Band of Five Names. Simon also performs with many of Australia’s most established ensembles including the Matt McMahon trio, the Phil Slater Quartet, and several groups led by Scott Tinkler - $15/10 concession (photo still from the film "Intangible Asset Number 82')

6.30pm - Scott Tinkler/ Simon Barker Duo
One of the powerhouse duos in modern improvising music the world over, Scott and Simon have been working together for decades in a host of ensembles and with in their own duo project. They will be officially launching their new release "Tides."

8.30 - Sam Keevers Quartet featuring Simon Barker
The wonderful pianist Sam Keevers will be leading this quartet playing jazz standards and originals by himself and the band, recalling some of the vibe of his critically acclaimed ensembles "Red Fish Blue"

Sam Keevers - piano
Chris Hale - bass
Javier Fredes - percussion
Simon Barker - drums

Uptown is very lucky to have Simon down for the weekend, this only happens twice a year so please try to make it to one (or all) of his performances.


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

04 December

8pm - MJC presents -


All Talk is a trio formed by drummer (and 2016 Freedman Fellow) James McLean, with guitarist Alistair McLean and bassist Chris Hale. They play a mixture of original compositions and original arrangements, with a focus on the interplay between unconventional rhythmic structures, free improvisation and textural soundscapes. All Talk released their debut album A Shorthand of Sensation in 2014.

Since the departure of original bassist Sam Zerna in 2014, All Talk has been on enforced hiatus. This will be their triumphant return, featuring a mixture of old and new repertoire.


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com


03 December 

Simon Barker Rhthym Workshop

Book now - uptownjazzcafe@email.com




bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com