Stonnington Jazz 2016: program now live!

The highly anticipated Stonnington Jazz 2016 program has landed, with early-bird tickets available until Sunday 3 April. Running from 12–22 May across 10 venues, the festival sees an electrifying calibre of Australian Jazz musicians present premieres, exclusives and collaborations. Weave your way through new, never before seen acts and revisit your old favourites – snap up a ticket for Melbourne’s most affordable Jazz Festival now.

Fem Belling, Monique diMattina and Tamara Murphy join forces in all-new, dynamic collaboration TIGGY, performing on Saturday 14 May at the David Williamson Theatre. With a bare-all beat and stripped back sentiment, this sublime trio creates worlds within worlds via three-part harmonies, violin, double bass and piano. A truly unique collaboration, TIGGY meshes Fem’s deep jazz, African and theatre roots, Monique’s decade in New York and Tamara’s extensive touring and composition work. This is the second year that Stonnington Jazz has partnered with the David Williamson Theatre, a hidden gem located within the Melbourne Polytechnic campus on High Street, Prahan.

Lance Ferguson Presents: Black Feeling is another exciting premiere for Stonnington Jazz, featuring prolific recording artist Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos, Lanu, Menagerie). Lance will be unleashing new material from the latest instalment of his ‘secret’ three album series Black Feeling at Revolver Upstairs on Friday 13 May. Released by UK label Freestyle Records, the Black Feeling volumes are disguised as crate-digger compilations of forgotten recordings but in reality are recording projects made in Melbourne. The albums showcase Lance’s passion for jazz-funk, soul-jazz and Latin rarities and quickly garnered a cult underground following. DJ MzRizk (Kiss FM) will also do a supporting set.

This is the first of three events in Stonnington Jazz’s new Club Series, which all take place at Revolver Upstairs. The Soul Session: The Meltdown, Fulton Street, DJ Lyndelle Wilkinson will get the dance floor jumping on Saturday 14 May and Worldwide Jazz Party featuring Clive Mania, Senegambian Jazz Band, DJ Systa BB on Thursday 19 May will transport you on an international jazz journey.

To see the full program and purchase tickets, please visit stonningtonjazz.com.au

The City of Stonnington Mayor, Claude Ullin is available for comment or interview.