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

25 April 

Andrea Keller Transients Tuesday


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

with Stephen Magnusson & James McLean.
special guest - James Macaulay - trombone

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


26 April



The most happening Be-bop band in the land.

Eamon McNelis - trumpet
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

27  April 

Melbourne Improvisers


The best in emerging talent on the local and national scene.

8:30pm - Shayan

Omid Shayan - Saxophone
Reuben Lewis - Trumpet
Matt Roche - Guitar
Costa Hagi - Bass
Monique Zucco - Drums

9:45pm - Brecca Mecca

Jack Hosking - Guitar
Richard Butler - Saxophone
Jordan Tarento - Bass
Luke Andresen - Drums

$10 entry

Doors 8pm

2 sets from 8.30



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

28 April 

Emma Gilmartin Quartet

 special guest Josh Kyle


One of the most beautiful vocalists on the jazz scene, Emma Gilmartin returns to Uptown this Saturday with her blend of swinging standards featuring some of the best players in town.

"Now and then, one hears a voice which instantly suggests uncommon beauty and musicality. Add to this a sensitivity to lyrics, impeccable sense of pitch, a rare control of vibrato, and you have wonderful artistry. This is what I hear in the singing of Emma Gilmartin. It all comes from her approach to both her art and her fellow human beings."
(Tony Gould – pianist/composer)

Emma Gilmartin has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented jazz vocalists. Her voice is undeniably beautiful with “a crystalline purity of vibrato-less tone and flawless pitch”(Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide)

Emma Gilmartin - voice
James Sherlock - guitar
Frank Di Sario - double bass
Danny Fischer - drums

special guest - Josh Kyle - voice

$25/20 concession

Doors 8pm
2 sets from 8.30.


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

29 April 

8pm -
The MJC Collective

6pm -
The Atienne Bakker Quartet

8pm - The MJC Collective

Some of Melbourne's greatest bandleaders join forrces on this new and exciting project, presented by the Melbourne Jazz Co-Operative

This is a Collective group, formed from all bandleaders (and composers), to highlight the work undertaken by the MJC. It was an initiative of tenor saxophonist Mirko Guerrini, who moved to Melbourne from Italy). Drummer Niko Schauble, guitarist Stephen Magnusson and trumpeter Stephen Grant are all long-time veterans of Melbourne’s jazz scene, while bassist Sam Anning, pianist Joe O’Connor and trombonist James Macaulay are younger members of the ensemble. Three of the members are winners of the prestigious National Jazz Award (Magnusson, O’Connor and Anning). The purpose of the Collective is to perform original compositions, and to showcase some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz musicians. For their third performance, they will be expanding their repertoire of all originals written and specifically arranged for the group by Mirko Guerrini and other members.



8pm - The Atienne Bakker Quartet

Returning to Uptown for the second time with this line-up, the Atienne Bakker Quartet features Joe O'Connor (piano), Hiroki Hoshino (double bass), Luke Andresen (drums). The group will focus on the music of the great Wes Montgomery as well as other classic standards and jazz repertoire. Come down to see some of the hardest swinging young musicians in town!


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com


19  May 

The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo!

The greatest and most enduring Hammond swing combo in Melbourne history are back at Uptown

early bookings recommended....


bookings - email uptownjazzcafe@email.com