02–12 June 2016


Saturday 4 June
8:00pm to 9:30pm
QLD Multicultural Centre Auditorium
102 Main St Kangaroo Point (Map)

 Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke is the Father of Ethiopian Jazz and the first African to graduate from the Berklee College of Music. A household name in his native country this legendary musician, composer and arranger blends traditional Ethiopian music, modern jazz, Latin rhythms and Afro funk to create distinctive work that has been sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Nas and Damien Marley. 

Astatke’s long term relationship with Black Jesus Experience has culminated in three landmark albums and sell-out performances from New York to Nairobi. Their current collaborative project is a meditation on the evolution of humanity and music which recognises the primacy of Africa in the birth of both.  

Mulatu Astatke: Vibes, Percussion, Keyboard
Bob Sedergreen: Keyboards
Enushu: Vocals
Liam ‘The Monk’ Monkhouse: MC
Peter Harper: Tenor saxophone
Ian Dixon: Flugelhorn
Zac Lister: Guitar
Chris Frangou: Bass
James Davies: Drums
Nui Moon: Percussion

Full $69
Concession $59
Under 25's $35
(Ticket price includes GST + Booking Fee)



Thursday 9 June
8:00pm to 9:30pm

QLD Multicultural Centre Auditorium
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point (Map)

Multi reedist/beatmaker and DownBeat Critic’s Poll winner Marcus Strickland has steadily proven to be an essential part of the jazz continuum since he stepped on the scene in the early 2000s.

His genre-bending propensity has produced fascinating and unconventional collaborations and this time around is no different. Between the members of his eclectic ensemble Twi-Life there is a wealth of experience in bands ranging from the Soultronics to Roy Haynes, Zhané, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Branford Marsalis, Bilal, Art Blakey, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and countless others.

Strickland’s Twi-Life exceeds the traditional canon of music our generation has championed for the past 2 decades combining the musical stylings of America’s most innovative talents. The music itself is a hybrid of experience and experiments with classic albums like McCoy Tyner’s Trident blending into Strickland-produced beats reinterpreted into thick grooves by his monster rhythm section.

Marcus Strickland: Saxes
Keyon Harrold: Trumpet
Mitch Henry: Keys
Kyle Miles: Bass
Charles Haynes: Drums

Full $49
Concession $39
Under 25's $35
(Ticket price includes GST + Booking Fee)


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BLOW (Melbourne) & Jackal (Brisbane)


Friday 3 June
7:30pm to 10:15pm
QLD Multicultural Centre Auditorium
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point (Map)

BLOW features a stellar cast of legendary Australian jazz artists whose artistic vision is limitless and ever evolving. Originally established as “Musiikki Oy” BLOW have been at the forefront of Australian contemporary jazz since inception in the early 1980’s. Inspired by the moment, place, audience, mood and the empathy shared by the members of the ensemble, these exceptional improvisers create a group sound that is uniquely BLOW.

Ted Vining: drums, co-leader
Bob Sedergreen: piano, keyboards
Peter Harper: alto saxophone, co-leader
Ian Dixon: trumpet, flugelhorn
Gareth Hill: double bass

Jackal are poised to hit the Brisbane International Jazz Festival with progressive electric jazz compositions and a cohesive trio dynamic following completion of their successful Australian tour.  Featuring compositions by Cleon Barraclough and PW Farrell, Jackal is a celebration of form and freedom. Meticulously crafted sonic landscapes - creative and joyous exploration.

Cleon Barraclough: piano
Patrick Farrell: bass
Luke Pammenton: drums

Full $32
Concession $26
Under 25’s $20
(Ticket price includes GST + Booking Fee)

The Vampires + Matt Smith (Sydney) & Trichotomy (Brisbane)


Friday 10 June
7:30pm to 10:15pm
QLD Multicultural Centre Auditorium
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point (Map)


The Vampires are renowned for their blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, exotic Balkan melodies and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion between the sax/trumpet front line, the band defies these genres and have wrought a style of their own.

Matt Smith has quickly become one of the most sought after guitarists of his generation. He has relentlessly toured around the world with artists including Thirsty Merc, Pete Murray, Karise Eden, and The Strides. Whilst Matt can burn on a blistering rock solo, he also has an impeccable jazz sensibility honed under studies with Jim Kelly at Southern Cross University in Lismore. Along with 10 years of playing with both Jeremy and Nick in the Strides, this will be a must-see collaboration.

Matt Smith: guitar
Jeremy Rose: saxophones + bass clarinet
Nick Garbett: trumpet
Jonathan Zwartz: bass
Danny Fischer: drums


Originally established in 1999 as the trio "Misinterprotato", Trichotomy have become a leading figure in contemporary jazz in Australia. This trio has carved out a reputation nationally and internationally as a unit with a distinct approach to music making, blending dense rhythmic interaction with an assured melodic clarity.

Their last album "Fact Finding Mission" (2012) was a finalist in both the AIR and BELL awards for jazz album of the year, and highlight past performances include Jazzahead, Tokyo Jazz Festival, and tours to the UK, China, Argentina, Japan, plus extensively in Australia. In 2016 they record their 5th album featuring new material focusing on electronic manipulations of the acoustic trio and tour it in early 2017.

Sean Foran: piano
John Parker: drums & percussion
Sam Vincent: double bass

Full $32
Concession $26
Under 25’s $20
(Ticket price includes GST + Booking Fee)

MWIJF Quintet: Andrea Keller, Sandy Evans, Angela Davis, Hannah James, Sonja Horbelt (Melbourne & Sydney)
Parmis Rose & The Beauty School Dropouts (Brisbane)


Saturday 11 June
7:30pm to 10:15pm
QLD Multicultural Centre Auditorium
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point (Map)

BIJF warmly welcomes the first Brisbane concert of the MWIJF Quintet, a cohesive unit of inspiring Multi Award winning women improvisers and composers.

The Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (MWIJF) is a not for profit association established in 1997 to foster opportunities for female jazz and improvised music performers, composers, arrangers, bandleaders and instrumentalists.

Each year the final festival concert brings together nationally and internationally acclaimed women jazz artists to premiere two new works composed by each ensemble member for the specific years line up.

Andrea Keller: piano
Sandy Evans: tenor & soprano saxophones
Angela Davis: alto saxophone
Hannah James: bass
Sonja Horbelt: drums

Parmis Rose is a pianist, composer and arranger who spent her formative years playing Madonna, Michael Jackson and various 70s/80s Television Themes on her Techniques Electric Piano. Since completing her Jazz Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2005, Parmis has been performing original, cabaret and pop around the nation from Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals to the Byron Bay Bluesfest as pianist with Sahara Beck’s touring band. Together with her Beauty School Dropouts you’ll experience the best of Jazz and Pop fused into a delicious blend of palatably catchy, yet creatively complex sounds everyone can enjoy.

Parmis Rose: piano
Andrew Saragossi: saxophones
Sacha K: drums
Zac Sakrewski: bass

Full: $32
Concession: $26
Under 25’s: $15
(Ticket price includes GST & Booking Fee)

Catherine Lambert

Friday 10 June
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Brisbane Jazz Club
1 Annie St, Kangaroo Point (Map)

Internationally acclaimed vocalist Catherine Lambert is a master of crooning the sultry jazz ballad. She performs unique renditions of jazz classics and original songs delivered with dynamic energy and lavish charisma.

Renowned for her performance in Academy Award winning film “Lost in Translation” Catherine has worked at festivals and clubs worldwide and has performed with some of the finest Australian and International Jazz greats including Don Burrows, James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel and as national support for BB King with Diane Reeves and the Phillip Morris Superband.

Catherine is a gracious and engaging performer who sings from the soul performing original compositions and jazz standards.

Catherine Lambert: vocals
Jack Thorncraft: double bass
John Reeves: piano
Nathan Goldman: drums
Joshua Hatcher: saxophone

Doors open: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Show: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Members $25 / Non Members $35
Members Concession $20 / Non Members Concession $30
Students under 18 $15
(+ $1 internet booking fee for non-members)