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

23 May

Andrea Keller Transients Tuesday


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

this week with Chris Hale and James McLean - special guest Scott Tinkler

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


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


24 May



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

25 May

Melbourne Improvisers


8:30pm: Chris Maunders Quartet
Chris Maunders - chromatic harmonica
Tom Allen-Graham - guitar
Stephen Hornby - bass
Damien Ellis - drums

9:45pm: Quadrifid
Lauren Mullarvey- Tenor Saxophone
Ellie Lamb- Trombone
Elise Winterflood- Double Bass
Alexandra Roper- Drum Kit

$10 entry

Doors 8pm

2 sets from 8.30



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

26 May

The Anton Delecca Standards Quartet


This Friday the incredible saxophonist Anton Delecca returns to Uptown to play jazz standards inspired by some of the very best jazz tenor saxophonists in history.
Anton plays in internationally renowned band The Bamboos and is a sort after multi-instrumentalist. 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 hand pickede jazz standards.

Anton also has three albums out on Australia’s leading jazz label - Jazzhead

Highly recommended for lovers of the Tenor saxophone.

$25/20 concession

Doors 8pm
2 sets from 8.30.


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

27 May

8pm -
The Sam Keevers Trio

6pm -
Harry Tinney Quartet

8pm - The Sam Keevers Trio
The beautiful Sam Keevers, one of the most underrated jazz pianists in the country, returns this Saturday in Trio format, with a stellar line up playing swinging standards and lyrical songs by composers as diverse as Archie Roach, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk and the Buena Vista Social Club.

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 Keevers - piano
Chris Hale – bass
Danny Fischer – drums

6pm - Harry Tinney Quartet - The Dillios
The Dillos' weekly Friday residency in the CBD has fostered a dynamic ensemble with an appreciation for collective improvisation and interaction. The setlist will include arrangements of songs, as well as original compositions by members of the ensemble.

Doors at 5:30pm.
2 sets of music.
$15/10 concession

Tenor Sax: Jonathan Cooper
Guitar: Harry Tinney
Bass: Paddy Fitzgerald
Drums: Rory Wilson


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com


09 June

The Dale Barlow Quartet

Legendary Australia saxophonist Dale Barlow returns to Uptown for 2 shows on Friday 09 June....



bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com