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

19 October

BOPSTRETCH celebrate their 6 year residency at Uptown on wednesdays!!!!!!

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


20 October 

Melbourne Improvisers Collective


Josh Bennier Sextet

Josh Bennier - Trombone
Paul Willamson - Trumpet
Stephen Byth - Tenor Sax
Kade Brown - Piano
Hiroki Hoshino - Bass
Luke Andresen - Drums

John Badgery Quintet

John Badgery - Piano
Greg Sher - Alto Sax
Boris Mathys - Trombone
Hiroki Hoshino - Bass
Kieran Rafferty - Drums


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

21 October


The younger sextet of Eugene Ball (trumpet), Ian Whitehurst (tenor sax), Jordan Murray (trombone), Colin Hopkins (piano), Matt Clohesy (acoustic bass) and Dave Beck (drums) were together for several years, developing into a popular group with a strong book of originals by Ball and Murray (as well as some “Jazz Messengers” classics).

Donut was first fried in the late nineties; an aural snack for late-night revellers at Bennetts Lane, back when the club presented a second band from midnight into the wee smalls. The band’s teeth were cut on the iconic repertoire of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, but over almost ten years grew to include originals and new arrangements by all members.

Nearly two decades on, with fewer sprinkles and flaking icing, the delectable sweet treats are excited to reconvene on their old stomping ground. Founding Donut-sters Eugene Ball (trumpet), David Beck (drums), Jordan Murray (trombone) and Ian Whitehurst (tenor saxophone) will be joined on this auspicious occasion by Sam Keevers (piano) and Tamara Murphy (double bass).



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22 October 

The Sam Keevers Trio

Sam Anning's "Stretchropolitans"

The Sam Keevers Trio


The beautiful Sam Keevers, one of the most underrated jazz pianists in the country, returns this Friday in Trio format with a stellar line up playing swinging standards and lyrical songs by composers as diverse as Archie Roach, Fats Waller and Thelonious Monk.

Long time member of the Vince Jones ensemble, founding member of Australia'a premier afro-cuban jazz orchestra "Los Cabrones," the Jamie Oehlers Quintet, the Sam Keevers Nonet featuring Bernie McGann, and the "Red Fish Blue," Sam's music is always joyful and inspired and a treat to be part of, whether playing swinging standards in the 60's Herbie Hancock vein or his heavily latin influenced originals, Uptown is very much looking forward to this performance....

Sam Keeves - piano
Chris Hale – bass
Danny Fischer – drums




6pm​ - Sam Anning's "Stretchropolitans"

doors 5.30pm - music from 6pm


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

23 October

8pm - MJC presents: NIRAN DASIKA QUARTET – Debut



Niran Dasika is a highly promising young Melbourne-based trumpeter, who has spent much of this year based in Japan. Equally at home in a variety of musical worlds from the straight ahead to the avant-garde, he always maintains a focus on lyricism and beauty. With the Monash Art Ensemble he recorded with international artists such as George Lewis, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Nasheet Waits and Mark Helias. He released a debut album, Manticore (Phantom), last year. He performs with pianist Joel Trigg, bassist Oscar Leyland, and drummer Cam Sexten performing music from the album, as well as some new compositions..


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com


29 October

Margie Lou Dyer Quintet

Margie Lou has held down a residency at St. Kilda’s fantastic jazz and seafood restaurant Claypots for half a decade and this show is a rare chance to see her in the East. Her gravelly, astonishingly expressive voice is reminiscent of the best women of early jazz, like Bessie Smith, or Billie Holiday, and her blues-tinged, heavy-grooving New Orleans style of piano playing is unique in Melbourne. Daughter of legendary jazzman Warwick “Wocka” Dyer and musical soulmate and partner of the late Allan Browne, Margie is Melbourne jazz royalty.




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