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

27 June

Andrea Keller Transients Tuesday


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




28 June


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 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.

$15 entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


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

29 June 

Melbourne Improvisers Collective


The best in new and emerging talent on the Melbourne jazz scene

8:30pm - Carbo/Carter/Gunnoo 

Theo Carbo - guitar
Flora Carbo - alto saxophone
Isaac Gunnoo - double bass
Maddison Carter - drums 

9:45pm - Zeb Vescio Trio

Zeb Vescio - guitar
Robbie Finch - double bass
Luke Andresen - drums 

2 sets from 8.30pm


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

30 June 

Barker/ Dewhurst/ McConncchie Trio



Simon Barker and Carl Dewhurst (Sydney), will join Melbourne saxophonist Scott McConnachie for a live recording at Uptown. Individually drawing on influences ranging from Xenakis and Eric Dolphy to traditional Korean music and rock they come together to perform their fiery and creative improvised music. Thanks go out to Moreland City Band for their generosity in making this recording happen.




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

24 June

8pm - The Carl Dewhurst Standards Trio

6pm - Kathleen Halloran Trio w/special guests

8pm - Carl Dewhurst Standards Trio

A musical originator, interpreter and adventurer, Carl Dewhurst is one of Australia’s most lauded and applauded guitarists.

A leading figure in the jazz and improvised music scene, he can effortlessly slide across genres from pop to world music, rock to blues, blurring them at will.

Carl leads his own trio and quartet and is co-leader of two of Australasia’s most compelling and genre-defying groups: Showa 44, with drummer Simon Barker, and The Drip Hards, with Cameron Undy and Evan Mannell. He is currently a member of the James Morrison Quintet, and the renowned Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky. He is also part of the Korean/Australian ensemble Daorum, with whom he recently performed at The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Carl is also a member of the power trio DRUB led by trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler, Band of Five Names and Phillip Slater’s Sculthorpe Songbook Project.

His versatility and innate musicianship have seen Carl become a much sought- after collaborator, recording, performing and touring with an international roll-call of jazz, rock, pop and world artists including: James Morrison, Mike Nock, Jim Black, Dale Barlow, Bobby Previte, Terumasa Hino, Peter Scherr, Vince Jones, Synergy Percussion, Oran Etkin, Lisa Parrott, Kim Dong Won, Bae Il Dong, The Young Wagilak (Arnhem Land, NT), the Sruti Laya Ensemble (India), Paul Capsis, Caroline Nin, Archie Roach, The Potbelleez, Paul Young, Glenn Shorrock, Emma Pask, Leo Sayer and Rick Springfield.

Playing in trio format this Saturday, swinging jazz standards from the great jazz songbook and more....

“(Dewhurst)… is the hallmark of contemporary creativity.”
Drum Media

“Dewhurst is an exceptional guitarist. He reinvents himself and his sound for different contexts, always playing with commitment, imagination and heart.”
Sydney Morning Herald (SMH)



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

05 August 

Uptown's 9th Birthday Party

Eugene Ball's
Duke Ellington Nonet


Eugene Ball
Scott Tinkler
Phil Noy 
Ian Whitehurst
Michael McQuaid
James Macaulay
Sam Keevers
Sam Anning
Andrew Swan

music from the Duke Ellington Orchestra from the 1930's

this will be the musical event of the year....

bookings are very recommended.



bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com