There are many varied ideas about jazz and related musical forms and St Kilda Jazz aims to promote and support such musical diversity.

Jazzy Jeudi

22 NOVEMBER 2018


WHERE: Alliance Française de Melbourne’s Basement, 51 Grey St, St Kilda.
DATE & TIME: Thursday 22 November at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm.
TICKETS: Full $20 / AFM members $15 (bar – cash only).

Primarily a tenor saxophonist known for his powerful, modern, original music, Julien Wilson will be playing music associated with the great New Orleans multi-instrumentalist and composer, Sidney Bechet. Joining him for the night will be the superbly swinging team of Howard Cairns on bass and Lynn Wallis on drums, complemented by the driving guitar of Craig Fermanis, and featuring the consummately tasteful and wonderfully melodic Matt Jodrell on trumpet.

This project plays music composed by and associated with Bechet, and even some original homages to his influence. Their debut as a quintet was in early 2018 and it was immediately apparent that this was a group that should continue. This is not a museum-piece tribute or cover band. The joie de vivre is palpable as they aim to make music that is a century old as fresh and exciting as if it was written today.

Wallis, Cairns, Fermanis and Jodrell are the finest exponents in the land of this music. As a group, their virtuosic execution and very personal connection with the music gives them an energetic spark and expansive buoyancy that will remain with listeners long after the show is over.

13 December 2018


WHERE: Alliance Française de Melbourne’s Basement, 51 Grey St, St Kilda.
DATE & TIME: Thursday 13 December at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm.
TICKETS: Full $20 / AFM members $15.
Advanced online bookings recommended as places are limited.

Exploring a world of styles and influences from jazz to latin, funk, drum n bass and soul with a fresh and open musical approach the New Impromptu Quartet comprises pianist Alexander Nettelbeck, bassist Conrad Henderson and drummer Andrew Horneman. Joining the group for this show will be flugel horn and trumpet player Paul Coyle. The New Impromptu Quartet’s range is diverse: energetic danceable grooves, deep rhythmic bass lines and driving percussion characterise the quartet's sound. The band will be playing a selection of original compositions and arrangements of some of their favourite standards.

The Future Leaders Jazz Award is designed to expose talented young musicians (18 to 30 Years) to international jazz performers and networks.

The finalists will come from the various undergraduate and professional level performance music programs in Victoria. The final judging will be held at Alliance Française de Melbourne in April 2018.

The winner of the Award will receive funding for travel and an invitation to perform in the Ubud Village Jazz Festival in Bali in August 2018 (

The Future Leaders Jazz Award is supported by St Kilda Jazz ( and Alliance Française de Melbourne (


Winner in 2017 Emily Wilson jazz singer currently studying at the Victorian College of the Arts

Winner of the inaugural Future Leaders Jazz Award in 2014 – Erica Tucceri (