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They don't come much bigger than the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Now in its 21st year, the annual event currently averages 40,000 patrons attending over 100 public events with 500 artists performing at more than 20 of Melbourne's top venues.
The 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival will play out at 27 venues in and around Melbourne.
The Festival's aim is to be at the forefront of jazz presentation worldwide, making Melbourne a world-class destination for jazz. his year's Festival will be staged from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th June at 27 venues in and around Melbourne, in concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and even on the city streets.
Performers this year include Maceo Parker paying a tribute to Ray Charles, Sun Ra Arkestra, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, Madeleine Peyroux, Christian McBride's New Jawn and Gretchen Parlato to name just a few.
Club sessions at the Jazz Lab will include Harry James Angus, Novela, The Gravity Project and Love, As We Know It.
The Lido Jazz Room will feature the Natasha Weatherill Quartet, Julie O'Hara La Grande Soiree, The Andrea Keller Trio and Connie Lansberg featuring The Mark Fitzgibbon Trio.
Small Fish Big Pond, Dizzy's Big Band, James Mustafa Quartet and Prickly Pear will all feature at Dizzy's Jazz Club.
The list goes on and on ...
An estimated 500 artists will perform at more than 100 public events over the 10 days of the Festival.
Ticket prices vary from one venue to the next and may be purchased at those individual venues or through ticketing agencies such as Moshtix.
Your best bet is to go to the website, pick the performances you particularly want to see and then go direct to the venue. But be quick, tickets are selling fast and the really big names will sell out quickly.
Tickets for the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival can be purchased from each of the venues, all of which are listed on the website.
Whether you're a jazz aficionado or simply someone who enjoys good music, the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival offers something for everyone.