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Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2021

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You have a massive four day long weekend of jazz for all you lovers of jazz. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival runs from 2-5 December 2021. There'll be over 70 live in-person performances and events and 16 premieres and album launches that kicks off the return of live music to Melbourne. There'll be events at various venues and various times - from concert hall to city street, jazz club to market square, if you're into jazz and are part of the Australian jazz community, check out the website for world-class music, and find the program here. Here are the FAQs and ticketing info if you need them. You could get closer to the action and get special offers and more if you were a member. Stay in touch via Facebook for updates as well.

Kicking things off are Aura at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 2 December. Each member of this emerging jazz supergroup is a star on the rise. They weave together harmoniously while maintaining their individual prowess and musical voices, yet blend into a seamless kaleidoscope of sounds, each one contributing to the unfolding sonic narrative. They've just released their self-titled debut that features original compositions from each of its members.

Jazz will also travel as far afield as Moonee Valley and not consolidate itself just in the CBD. Live music will be taken to favourite local hangouts in a series of free pop-up performances across the west. Supported by the City of Moonee Valley, you'll find the Schedule here. Who doesn't love the majestic voice of Thando! This gorgeous Melbourne based singer-songwriter has been charming us with her electric stage presence and powerhouse vocals for a while. She's commanding, has a natural ability to tell a story and take her audience on a journey. She'll be bringing a special show, paying tribute to living legend Jill Scott, whose style meshes well with Thando's voice style and musical storytelling.

Another powerhouse that comes to mind is Emma Donovan. She's best known for her work with The Putbacks and The Black Arm Band; as well as touring and recording alongside legends such as Archie Roach, Yothu Yindi and Paul Kelly. She is joined by acclaimed artist Paul Grabowsky and a powerful collection of Melbourne's finest jazz musicians to explore another side of Donovan's early influences. It'll be a special collaboration delivering a joyful celebration of soul, country and gospel sounds, all given the Grabowsky treatment.

There's definitely much to explore and you'll be spoilt for choice. Especially when you have performances like Horns of Leroy and Friends. You will party like it's Mardi Gras as they are joined on stage by other artists including the formidable Thando and Jazzparty's Loretta Miller.

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Why? 2021 Melbourne International Jazz Festival
When: 2-5 December 2021
Where: Various venues
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