Local and International Jazz to be Celebrated at 2015 Festival

19 March 2015

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival will well and truly live up to its name in 2015 with artists from 10 countries set to perform alongside local stars in a 10-day celebration of jazz in all its forms.

Gabrielle Williams MP, representing Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, today launched the 2015 program, which will feature more than 100 events.

Jazz masters Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield are among the international artists from countries including the USA, Ethiopia, Poland and Puerto Rico. They will feature alongside local artists ranging from luminaries such as Paul Grabowsky and The Cat Empire to emerging talent. Students from Monash University’s Monash Art Ensemble will join traditional Indigenous music group the Young Wagliak Group of South East Arnhem Land to premiere a new work.

With a focus on accessibility and building a new generation of jazz fans, the festival will present several free events and a special program for children and families.

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival runs from 28 May-7 June 2015. For program details, visit www.melbournejazz.comExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“With more than 300 artists, representing 10 countries, performing across 100 events at 24 venues in 10 days, the numbers certainly stack up for another fantastic Melbourne International Jazz Festival.”

“The Victorian Government is a proud partner of this event as part of our commitment to developing Melbourne’s musical might and to championing, promoting and growing Victoria’s creative industries.”

Quotes attributable to Gabrielle Williams MP

“This year’s program will showcase acclaimed masters, acknowledged trendsetters and emerging jazz talent from across the globe and here at home.”

“There is music for all tastes and so many ways to get involved so, no matter your age or background, get ready to celebrate jazz and Melbourne at its best.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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