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

17 October 

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




18 October 



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.

$15/5 students entry

2 sets from 8.30pm


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

19 October 
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​

20 October

8pm - Bob Bertles w/ The Mark Fitzgibbon Trio

pm - John Hoffman w/ The John Montesante Quintet

8pm - Bob Bertles Quartet

Legendary alto sax player Bob Bertles retuens to Uptown this Friday - with the Mark Fitzgibbon Trio

One of the most formative saxophone players of the Australian Modern jazz scene, from the late 1950s and early 60s Bertles was a member of the developing modern jazz scene that grew out of venues like the Mocambo in Newtown and the El Rocco Jazz Cellar in Sydney's Kings Cross.

Active in clubs, on TV, as a session musician and on the pop-rock scene, he toured with Johnny O'Keefe and The Dee Jays between 1958 and 1963. Bertles led a quartet with Keith Barr and Brian Fagen and Barry Woods, which played at Melbourne's equivalent of Sydney's El Rocco, the Fat Black Pussycat in Toorak

In more recent years Bertles has toured Europe extensively, joined the orchestra for the Australian production of the stage musical Chicago, where he met his future wife, and has toured the USA and Australia with the Australian Jazz Orchestra.
In addition to regular concerts, festivals, session work, and touring, Bertles' recent projects include recording and live performances with Sydney's renowned Ten Part Invention (who toured internationally in late 2004), and two new CDs from his own group The Bob Bertles Quintet. His most recent recording with the Quartet, Moonlight Saving Time, is a collaboration with vocalist Toni Lamond. 

together with the trio of Mark Fitzgibbon - piano, Marty Holoubek - double bass and Danny Fischer - drums, this will be an extraordinary event of swinging jazz standards and senseitive ballads from one of the foremost jazz musicians around.

Doors 8pm, music from around 8.30.

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

6pm - John Hoffman with the John Montesante Quintet

A very special Twilight Jazz Gig on Friday, OCT 20 at Uptown Jazz Cafeat 6pm! Book your tickets NOW for this Jazz Trumpet legend.🌟John Hoffman & friends

bookings - uptownjazzcafe@email.com

Doors 5.30pm, muisc at 6.00.


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

21 October

8pm -  The Sam Keevers Trio!

6pm -  Matt Hoyne 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

doors 8pm, music from 8.30 

6pm -  Matt Hoyne Quartet


doors 5.30pm, music from 6.00


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


21 October

The Sam Keevers Trio


The awseome Sam Keevers back with his swinging trio....


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com