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Jazz Out West Melbourne International Jazz Festival

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Published June 1st 2016

The world's most liveable city dishes up a generous serving of free music events in June. There are classics and live music performances at Light the Winter in Federation Square, lunchtime recitals in Docklands and winter concerts hosted by the City of Moonee Valley. For a large dose of music this month, there is none other than the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. It commences with an open-air concert at Federation Square. Started in 1998, it has grown into a world-class festival featuring international masters of jazz and top talents from Australia. The spirit of jazz permeates the clubs, art venues and concert halls in the city, heading west. Thanks to the City of Maribyrnong, Footscray has also become a destination for jazz during the Festival. Make your choice from 7 free performances at Jazz Out West.

4 June - 30/70 Collective

30/70 soul collective
Photo courtesy of 30/70

A great place for local, national and international acts, the Reverence Hotel or "Rev" plays host to 30/70 for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. These new kids on the block are an instrumental soul collective, who fuse favourite genres together into cosmic vibes. 30/70 will deliver an evening of soulful tunes together with A Brother Scratch and Positive Tip DJs. Be prepare for hypnotic grooves.

Time: 8pm
Venue: The Reverence Hotel
Address: 28 Napier Street, Footscray

5 June - Soundwalk

anthony magen
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For a music experience with a difference, join Anthony Magen on a walking tour of Footscray. Anthony is a practising landscape architect exploring acoustic ecology through artistic expressions in a variety of forms and modes. The tour starts at Footscray Community Arts Centre and you will embark on a listening journey through the waterways and secret places of Footscray with other Soundwalkers and guest musicians. During the walk, you will be listening the sounds around you. Spaces are limited so make sure you arrive 10 minutes early to register your place.

Time: 2pm
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre
Address: 45 Moreland Street, Footscray

5 June - Paolo Angeli at the Bluestone Church

This former church building turned arts centre by the Maribyrnong City Council will play host to Sardinian master musician Paolo Angeli. He will deliver a solo performance on his prepared Sardinian guitar, an instrument that he has developed over the last 20 years. It resonates like a double bass, cello, drum, piccolo and synthesizer. Enjoy a blend of jazz, blues, classics, folk and rock from his uniquely modified guitar in the beautiful acoustic venue of the Bluestone Church Arts Space.

Time: 4pm
Venue: Bluestone Church Arts Space
Address: 10A Hyde Street, Footscray

7 June - Mulatu Astatke and Black Jesus Experience Come Together

Mulatu Astatke
Photo courtesy of Mulatu Astatke

If you always wanted to learn more about jazz, then head over to Metro West for a workshop hosted by Victoria University, Victorian Multicultural Commission and Maribyrnong City Council. The workshop will feature Mulatu Astatke, one of the jazz greats and the father of Ethio-Jazz. He will also perform with Black Jesus Experience. There will be a Q&A and drinks and nibbles after. Email Fotis at to book your seats today as spaces are limited

Time: 3.45 for 4pm Start. Mingle and Chat from 5.10pm to 7.10pm
Venue: Metro West
Address: 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

9 June - Lillian Albazi Quintet

Lillian Albazi
Photo courtesy of Littlefoot Bar

Emerging local talent Lillian Albazi will deliver an evening of classic jazz at Footscray's Littlefoot Bar. She bring smooth and sultry vocals reminisce of the great ladies of jazz such as Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald. Joining her will be some of Melbourne's young talents including Steven Byth on saxophone, Henry Davis on guitar, Joshua Manusama on double bass and Cameron Sexton on drums.

Time: 8pm
Venue: Littlefoot Bar
Address: 223 Barkly Street, Footscray

11 June - Wallace

A Footscray icon, the Dancing Dog is a cafe, bar and independent live Theatre offering music, comedy, poetry and open mic. It will play host to rising soul superstar Wallace Gollan during the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Based in Sydney, she is performing at the Festival for the first time. She will bring her distinctive brand of jazz, sultry voice and magnetic personality to audiences. You will be able to enjoy her original material and inspired jazz.

Time: 2pm
Venue: The Dancing Dog
Address: 42A Albert Street, Footscray

11 June - DJ Manchild

Homegrown DJ Manchild is known for his funk, soul, hip-hop, disco, Latin, African and beats since 2001 and his show 'The Breakdown' every Friday on PBS 106.7 FM. His quest for Funk has led him to the basements of Tokyo, Lagos, Mumbai, Abidjan and New York. For the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne's very own DJ will blend the music sourced from his travels to create a night of grooves and Funk at Littlefoot.

Time: 8pm
Venue: Littlefoot Bar
Address: 223 Barkly Street, Footscray
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Why? Enjoy free Melbourne International Jazz Festival performances in Footscray
When: Refer to article
Phone: 03 9688 0200
Where: Various venues around Footscray
Cost: Free entry
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