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Melbourne International Jazz Festival

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Photograph: Katey Shearer

Time Out Says

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival returns this December

Melbourne International Jazz Festival didn't let a little thing like lockdown stop it during 2020, so you can be certain it sure as hell won't be letting anything stop it from running when it returns in 2021.

After a false start in October, the 24th annual Melbourne International Jazz Festival returns December 2 to 5. Jazz, of course, is an artform all about improvisation – true to its nature,  MIJF will be collaborating and innovating to make sure this year's festival a safe and enjoyable one.

Live performances are back for those who've missed the thrill of an in-person gig, with shows scheduled across venues like Melbourne Recital Centre, 170 Russell, the Jazzlab, the Toff and the Night Cat. 

MIJF is also taking jazz to the streets with events like Jazz Northside and Jazz Westside, which will partly take place at the Rose Street Artists' Markets in Fitzroy, and at the Footscray Night Markets. 

Other highlights include a performance from Thando at the Toff, Paul Grabowsky and Emma Donovan at the recital centre (which will also be livestreamed), plus gigs by Horns of Leroy and Amos Roach

Head over to MIJF's website for the full line-up and more info. 

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse


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