See below for details of some of the amazing artists that performed at the 2018 festival. Details on the 2019 artists will be posted shortly.

A Tribute to Blue Note


This band – Brian Abrahams (drums), Christophe Genoux (sax), Dave Hardy (trombone), Geoff Kluke (bass), Roger Clark (sax) & Rory Clark (pno) headlined The Melbourne International Jazz Festival 4 years ago and played to sell-out crowds. They pay homage to the golden era of 1960’s jazz greats like Horace Mobley, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson & Lee Morgan. Don’t miss them!

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Anita Harris Quintet

Anita-Harris-solo-finalMelbourne based vocalist Anita Harris has been on the Australian Jazz scene for more than two decades. Hear her, with her “incomparable velvet voice”, and some of Australia’s finest musicians perform tunes from the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood.

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Blue Tango

Blue-Tango-photo[87805]Blue Tango is an acoustic duo (guitar, percussion and 2 voices) with a difference. They specialise in creative arrangements of jazz, blues, latin and ragtime favourites. Comic parodies are an important part of their repertoire too. They are joined at the Eltham Jazz Food & Wine Festival by Leon Heale (bass/vocals) and Denis Close (drums/percussion).

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Crescent City Connection

This four-piece band run by Barry Wratten will wander the town centre playing their happy infectious jazz numbers for the enjoyment of the crowd.

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Dig we must photo[88218]Dig We Must

Dig We Must perform original, funked up jazz born from great grooves and infectious melody. Saxophonist Greg Clarkson and the band’s leader, trombonist Roger Schmidli are long time collaborators and have developed an exciting synergy as the front line of this 5 piece band, including Kim May on bass, Jarrah Whyte on keyboards and David ‘Stix’ Hicks on drums.

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The Felix Thiang Trio

Felix Thiang Featuring Felix Thiang on 7 string guitar, Daniel Beinke on bass and Jeremy Li on drums, the trio are Melbourne based musicians, composers and educators. The trio’s repertoire includes original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of standards and timeless bebop hits, reimagined for the classic guitar trio format.



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Greg Champion & The Useful Members of Society

All a part of Melbourne Rock Music history, the members of The Useful Members of Society have played in The Models, Paul Kelly & The Dots, The Leisuremasters, Avalanche, The Fabulaires, The Eternal Struggle Between The Forces of Good & Evil and more! Greg Champion has also been a member of ABC’s The Coodabeen Champions for thirty five years. Don’t miss them!

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Harry Coulsons Blue Dogs

Ability without pretence and songs that explore the ebb and flow of suburban life, frustrated ambitions and the fierce drive not to back down – no drum machines, no samples, no synth, no loop stations….. no nonsense. You won’t be disappointed!

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Issi Dye

Issi-Dye-2 Issi Dye is one of Australia’s leading original cabaret stars with over 40 years in showbiz. Prepare to be dazzled with his performance. He has done many tribute shows – Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Johnny O’Keefe and more!

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Kerri_Simpson_ephillipscolcroppedKerri Simpson & the Belmar Jazz Playboys

Kerri and the Belmar Jazz Playboys – Kerri Simpson, Bob Sedergreen, Dean Addison, Mark Grunden, Dean Hilson and Paul Coyle – has an amazing collective wealth of experience in different genres from gospel to country, dance & rock. Don’t miss Kerri’s extraordinary vocals and effortless genre of whatever takes her fancy!

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Lady&Tramps-1_previewLady & The Tramps

Lady & the Tramps are led by the highly expressive and gifted singer Helen Catanchin who has over a decade of performing and recording experience. The band’s high calibre of talent infuse each performance with elegance and style carried by their high level of craftsmanship and love of music.

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Manfred and Me

MANFRED AND ME with Stage PlanJoel Smithard (keyboards/Hammond/percussion) has recently teamed up with the seasoned guitarist Manfred Hella to interpret some soulful jazz standards, deep Hammond grooves and popular instrumentals. This Jazz duo/Hammond Organ combo is unique in its ability to deliver a quartet-sound live with just two performers. Sit back and enjoy the journey as warm bass and smooth melodic guitar accompanies the sounds of Bill Evans on piano or Jimmy Smith on the B3.

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MattKirsch2-228x228Matt Kirsch Trio

Matt Kirsch (guitar,vocals) has performed with great names around town such as Vince Jones, Joe Camilleri, Ross Wilson, Wilbur Wilde, David Campbell and many more. His CD “Translucent” was shortlisted for an ARIA Award (Jazz category) and he is acclaimed as a master guitarist.

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Melbourne-Jazz-Quartet-photo-1Melbourne Jazz Quartet

This experience and talented newly formed band features John Wade (piano), Wendy Wade (vocals), Dean Cooper (Drums) and Geoff Kluke (Bass) performing soulful and passionate renditions of Jazz standards.

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Melbourne Singers of Gospel

Melbourne Singers of Gospel photo[88201]This massed choir of 100 singers aspires to high standards of vocal technique, interpretation and movement and exemplifies the benefits of singing together as they perform gospel and soul songs of purpose.

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New Orleans Pelicans Brass Band

Pelican Brass Band photo[88209]Barry and The New Orleans Pelicans have performed at numerous Festivals and clubs both here and overseas, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Mahogany Hall, Storyville Jazz Hall, The Maple Leaf Bar and the famous French Market along with many jazz greats. Hear classic jazz standards and swing.

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pugsleyPugsley Buzzard Trio

Like a cantankerous mule towing a speakeasy full of drunken gorillas through a glass factory, warm fuzzy and charming Dr Buzzard can cure all your ills with his genuine bonafide 100% pure elixir tonic and balm. His musical vibrations will warm your cold hearts and stir your dormant desires into a frenzy of excitement and good juju. He brings the boogie and the woogie together to create a magical vibe that’ll get ya jumpin’ guaranteed!

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Regular Boys


A great covers band covering a vast array of artists and styles – soul, rock n roll, R’n’B and pop. It’s all there and guaranteed to please all ages! See John (bass) Anthony (drums), Chris (guitar).

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Sisters & Misters of Song

sisters-and-misters-smSisters and Misters is a vocal group that provides opportunities for people of all ages to sing songs to the wider community whilst improving their self-esteem and confidence. The group has a culture of supporting and nurturing individuals who join, providing a safe and social environment for all. Enjoy their show!

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Soul Sacrifice

soul sacrifice 2018 sm “Soul Sacrifice” – Australia’s best Santana tribute band have been performing shows since 2012 and return to the Eltham Jazz Festival in 2018. With an 8 piece line-up Soul Sacrifice pays genuine tribute to the great music of Santana. Check out the infectious grooves and rhythms of classics such as Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways, Oye Como Va & Smooth.
Souls Sacrifice Promo Video

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St Helena Secondary College Senior Jazz Band

St Helena SC BandThe St Helena Secondary College Senior Band is a huge swinging band of students from years 9 – 12, including vocalists, who love performing and have recently toured China to showcase their talents. They are excited to return to the Festival and share their love of music and performing with you.

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Stonnington-Youth-Jazz-Initiative-photoStonnington Youth Jazz Initiative

The Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative was formed to give an opportunity for young musicians to work first hand with two of Australia’s finest Jazz musicians Bob Sedergreen and Gordon Pendleton with a view to giving public performances wherever possible. They have performed at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2007 – 2014), at the Stonnington Jazz in the Park series (2006 – 2014), at the Melbourne International Women’s Festival (2008 – 2017) and the Eltham Jazz Festival 2009 & 2014. This project is made possible through and annual grant from Stonnington Council.


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Australia’s most prestigious 70’s soul/R&B group are back and enjoy unprecedented respect for their world class musical collective. Peter Cupples – vocals, songwriter, Sam McNally – pianist/keyboard, Ronnie Peers – guitar, Gerry Pantazis – drums & Doug Williams – bass & lead vocals.


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Sun Rising – The Songs that Made Memphis

This band have performed sell out shows all around Australia, have amassed a huge fan base and received glowing reviews as they tell the story of Sun Records in the early years of 1950–57. Hear music from Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and more…

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The Jackson Four

Jackson-FourThe Jackson Four have been impressing audiences since 2013, with performances at The Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, By the Bays (Kingston) and more including a previous performance at the Eltham Jazz Food & Wine Festival. They launched a debut CD ‘Love the Life’ in 2015 and later received an enthusiastic reception on the London Blues & Jazz scene in 2016. The band’s distinctive sound is centred around the B3 Hammond organ, all driven by a strong swing, Jazz Latin rhythm and percussion section.

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The Meltdown

The-Meltdown-photo[88216]The Meltdown have released their debut album to secure their place as one of the most exciting new ensembles in Australian music blending country, gospel and 60’s soul with influences from Father John Misty, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Alabama Shakes. Hear the honey soaked tones of Simon Burke’s incredible voice.


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The Shuffle Club


Despite being a firm fixture in the Melbourne music scene for close to ten years, the Shuffle Club are still able to surprise those who know them whilst blowing the minds and feet of those who are new to the experience.

Their style is most easily described as a hot blend of jazz, swing, blues, and boogie, but that hardly does justice to their raw energy and enthusiasm—the kind of energy that will bring you to your feet and onto the dance floor before you even quite know what is happening.

This four-piece line up of sax, double bass, piano and drums, is not the kind of band to sit back on their laurels. All the performers play a vast array of instruments and are singers as well.

A night out with The Shuffle Club is exactly that, you will find yourself caught up in the show as they draw you into their world of beautiful mayhem. If you are lucky you may even find yourself used as part of the percussion section. Getting these boys to stay still and stick to their instruments is sometimes a bit of a hard task.

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Tracey Roberts Quartet

The-Tracey-Roberts-Quartet[88219]The Tracey Roberts Quartet is a joyful, vibrant jazz-folk-funk combo with piano, vocals, bass, drums & horns. The songs are a tasty selection of originals from Tracey’s many album releases, peppered with a bunch of re-stylised jazz and pop standards – fresh, fun and fabulous!


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