MWIJF 2013 Performances

Tickets at the door and online from Bennetts Lane

Program correct at time of publishing but subject to change.

The MWIJF would like to thank sponsors APRA, Bennetts Lane, Melbourne Jazz Co-op, Jann Rutherford Memorial Award and Brolly for their continued support in making the festival possible.

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Sunday 8 December 2013

Audrey Boyle Quartet

Sunday 8 December 2013 @ 9pm $15/$12  doors open 8.30pm

Audrey Boyle

Audrey Boyle is a trumpet player, composer and improviser based in Melbourne. In 2012 she graduated from Monash University with Honours in Music Performance. She was the 2011 recipient of the James Morrison Jazz Prize as part of the Melbourne International Brass Festival. Throughout her young career she has performed with a number of renowned local and international musicians including Don Burrows, James Morrison, Tony Hicks, Adam Rapa, Kendrick Scott and Terence Blanchard.


Audrey Boyle: Trumpet
Joseph O'Connor: Piano
Marty Holoubek: Bass
James Mclean: Drums

Photo: Audrey Boyle

JRMA winner Jodie Michael Trio (Syd)

Sunday 8 December 2013 @

Jodie Michael Trio

Jodie graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music, (Performance), Jazz. She continues to further her career in Australia and returned to New York during 2013 for further study. Jodie has assembled an impressive trio featuring outstanding musicians of the new generation. Her musical intention - ‘I want to present a repertoire of music that expresses my love for all styles of music, something that highlights the “broken” quality of music; an adventure of sorts into music, breaking it up and putting it back together rhythmically and structurally, communicating what I had found in the process of exploration.’

The Jann Rutherford Memorial Award was founded in 2005 at the instigation of a private benefactor who recognised a need to support young female jazz musicians at the beginning of their professional careers. The award is a professional development opportunity.


Jodie Michael – drums
Steve Barry - organ
Carl Morgan - guitar

Photo: Jodie Michael Trio

Monday 9 December 2013

Student Night

Monday 9 December 2013 @ Jazz Lab 7.30pm (early start) $12/$10 Doors open 7pm

Student night showcasing great emerging local talent, featuring groups from Genazzano, Ruyton, PLC, Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative and Lowther Hall


Monday 9 December 2013 @ Jazz Room 9pm $15/$12 doors open 8.30pm

Debuting in 2003 at the Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival, this startling trio has held an intermittent residency at Bennetts Lane ever since. Their focus is on achieving a collective consciousness on stage by pushing the boundaries of their musical dialogue. Jessica Nicholas (Melbourne Age) “the exquisite interplay between Browne and his empathetic trio colleagues, Andrea Keller and Tamara Murphy.” John Shand (SMH) - “another pianist with impeccable touch, Andrea Keller, made music of diaphanous beauty with Tamara Murphy and Allan Browne.”


Andrea Keller – Piano
Tamara Murphy - Bass
Allan Browne – Drums

Photo: Keller/Murphy/Browne

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Arlene Fletcher Quintet

Tuesday 10 December 2013 @ 9pm $15/$12 doors open 8.30pm

Arlene Fletcher

Australian bassist, Arlene Fletcher is known as a bassist with The Furbelows, Sidney Creswick, STEM, SMES and Taktok. Tonight will feature her as a leader debuting originals and some cheeky arrangements influenced by the styles of Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen and an interwoven tapestry of many stories shared by her band.


Arlene Fletcher - bass
Tom Noonan - sax 
Tom Sly- trumpet
Harry Cook- piano 
James Milic - drums 

Photo: Arlene Fletcher

The Outfit

Tuesday 10 December 2013 @

The Outift are a Melbourne based group who play tunes about coffee, knitting, tumbleweeds and a young man who looks like jesus. Featuring compositions by bassist Sarah Holmes, and her talented colleagues, the Outfit play music that ranges from from swinging tunes to layered soundscapes. It's music that will make you happy.


Sarah Holmes – Bass
Louise Goh - vocals 
Rob Simone – saxophone 
Diego Villalta - guitar 
Daniel Brates  - drums

Photo: Sarah Holmes

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Martha Baartz Quintet CD Launch (NSW/VIC)

Wednesday 11 December 2013 @ 9pm $15/$12 doors open 8.30pm

Martha Baartz

Martha has traveled and performed extensively including international festivals such as the world famous Glastonbury Festival and The Edinburgh Festival. She will be launching her new album “Dream Drops” with some of her favourite Melbourne musicians, featuring originals tunes that range from delta blues and New Orleans funk to beautiful ballads and smooth swing.


Martha Baartz - Alto Saxophone
Paul Williamson - Tenor Saxophone
Bob Sedergreen - piano
Greg Lyon - Electric Bass
Sonja Horbelt - Drums

Photo: Martha Baartz

Thursday 12 December 2013

Monique diMattina with guests

Thursday 12 December 2013 @ 9pm $18/$15 doors open 8.30pm

Monique diMattina

Singer/songwriter, Fulbright scholar, radio personality, boogie-woogie barrelhouse basher, composer of crystalline piano miniatures, bunjee jumper, marathon runner and mother of two, Monique diMattina is best known for her song-in-an-hour antics on Melbourne 3RRR and ABC 774. Fresh from a national tour, Monique features material from her latest release 'Nola's Ark' - recorded in New Orleans with an all-star line-up of musicians from the bands of Harry Connick Jnr and Dr John. Lyrics as fresh as a Babka loaf, grooves as old as the blues.


MdM - piano/vocals
Kellie Santin - saxophone
Doug de Vries: acoustic guitar
Howard Cairns: sousaphone/bass

Photo: Monique diMattina

Friday 13 December 2013

Lisa Young Quartet

Friday 13 December 2013 @ 9pm $25/$20 doors open 8.30pm

Lisa Young

Lisa Young is well known to jazz and world music listeners, as a creative rhythmic vocal stylist and improviser, incorporating Indian and African elements in her work. She has created an impressive body of work as a composer and singer, and performed across the globe with vocal group Coco’s Lunch and the Lisa Young Quartet. In a rare Melbourne performance, tonight she collaborates with her BELL award-winning quartet. To coincide with their European cd releases, they perform ‘The Eternal Pulse’ and other favourites from their vast repertoire, layering Indian elements, rhythmic textures and ensemble dialogue, in an evocative journey of sound and song.


Lisa Young – Vocals
Hugh Stuckey - Guitar
Ben Robertson - Bass
Danny Farrugia – drums

Photo: Lisa Young

Saturday 14 December 2013

Jazz Lab

Saturday 14 December 2013 @ 9pm $25/$20 doors open 8.30pm Creative Vocal Series curated by Gian Slater featuring: Clio Renner, Helen Catanchin and Hailey Cramer


Bennetts Lane presents the Creative Vocal Series curated by vocalist/composer Gian Slater. Celebrating the abundance of unique and innovative vocalists contributing to the Jazz and contemporary scene in Melbourne and beyond, the series promotes 100 percent original material and vocal-led projects. This month features vocalists Clio Renner, Helen Catanchin and Hailey Cramer presenting original music with their own ensembles.


Clio Renner

Saturday 14 December 2013 @

Eclectic Jazz-inspired songstress Clio Renner fuses Pop song-form with improvisational elements to deliver a musical tapestry woven with Folk sensibilities and Art Song poetics. Having only recently begun her career after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Clio has already played across a number of bands spanning numerous genres throughout Australia, including her own project, CLIO. Through her music, Clio explores the intrinsic relationship between piano and voice in their roles as both lead instrument and accompaniment.


Clio Renner - Voice/Piano 
Steve Hornby - Bass 
James McLean - Drums


Photo: Clio Renner

Helen Catanchin

Saturday 14 December 2013 @

Helen Catanchin has recently completed a Master of Arts (Music Performance) at Monash University, during which she focused on her interest in wordless singing and its role in her creative practice as a singer, improviser and composer.  This project led to ten new works, created to explore the aesthetic, expressive and abstractive potential of a range of wordless vocal sounds, juxtaposed against lyrics and their sometimes limited capabilities.  Tonight's performance will feature much of this new music, along with a few of Helen's earlier works.    Melodic and reflective, lush, tender and at times raw, this intensely personal music will hopefully give insight into her inner world.


Helen Catanchin – voice
Ben Edgar - guitar 
Luke Howard - piano 
Philip Rex - double bass 
James McLean - drums


Photo: Helen Catanchin

Hailey Cramer

Saturday 14 December 2013 @

Hailey Cramer has been quietly building a reputation for herself as one of the most interesting artists to emerge out of Melbourne's burgeoning electronic infused soul scene . She featured on the hit collaboration ‘The Festival Song’ with rapper Pez and has blown audiences away performing with the likes of Michael Franti, 360, Mark Levine, Paul Grabowsky and Blue King Brown. Hailey released her debut self titled EP last year to much acclaim with a jam-packed room at the Toff.  Working alongside producer Dan West, Hailey has sculpted a remarkable sonic landscape that draws on her musical past while revealing her eclectic musical inspirations and aspirations. Rich, colourful layers of old-soul harmonies combine over minimal, bass-driven electronic beats, accelerated by tasteful injections of live percussion from found sound. They used minimal accompaniment drawn from unique sources to allow for the voice to come to the fore as a lead vocal as well as providing a rich human generated harmonic bed.



Hailey Cramer - voice 
Justin Marshall - percussion and bits
Dan West Beats and bits,
Zoe Kalenderidis & Joanna Lavell - Backing vocals


Photo: Hailey Cramer

Sunday 15 December 2013

MWIJF Festival Sextet

Sunday 15 December 2013 @ 9pm $15/$12 doors open 8.30pm

Since 2000, the MWIJF seeks each year to form a sextet of leading female musicians to perform and promote their own original material, and those of other female artists. Past members have included Sandy Evans, Nadje Noordhuis, Felicity Provan, Anita Hustas, Shannon Barnett, Tamara Murphy and Fiona Burnett.


Gian Slater - voice
Savannah Blount - saxophone
Andrea Keller - piano
Fran Swinn - guitar
Arlene Fletcher - bass
Sonja Horbelt – drums