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

12 December 

Andrea Keller Transients Trio

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




13 December  



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

14 December  
Melbourne Improvisers Collective



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


2 sets from 8.30pm


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

15 December

8pm - 
The Ronny Ferella Standards Quartet

6pm -
Soft Power

8pm - 
The Ronny Ferella Standards Quartet
special guest Craig Fermanis

Ronny Ferella is one of the most in demand and swingin' jazz drummers in Australia today. Active on the Melbourne scene for over two decades, Ronny plays in a number of ensembles including the Michelle Nicole Quintet, Ish Ish and Mandala.

Very lucky to have Craig Fermanis with the fight club trio of Geoff Hughes, Tom Lee and Ronny Ferella.

Playing new takes on old standards Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ornette Coleman inspired, this is a special ensemble of long time collaborators stretching out over some of their favourite tunes.

Craig Fermanis - guitar

Geoff Hughes - guitar
Tom Lee - double bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

Doors 8pm, music from around 8.30.

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

6pm -
Soft Power

After finishing recording their second album which is due for release early next year, Soft Power make one final appearance for 2017 playing two special early evening sets at Uptown Jazz Cafe on Friday December 15. Kicks off from 6PM sharp

Doors open 5.30pm

Music Starts 6.00pm

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com


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

16 December

8pm -  
The Sam Keevers Trio



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


doors 8pm, music from 8.30 

bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com



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


30 December

our last night of the year -

Neon Lit Kluge
The Eugene Ball Nonet play the music of Duke Ellington
special guest Chris Tanner - clarinet

bookings are very recommended....

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com



bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com