This year’s live music line-up at MLX includes:

Andrew Dickeson’s Blue Rhythm Band

The “Blue Rhythm Band” is a band for dancers – doing what Basie, Ellington, Hamp and all the cats did – 4 solid beats to the bar and no cheating! They’ll swing you into bad health… then back again!

The Blue Rhythm Band has impressed dancers at Melbourne Lindy Exchange and Sydney Lindy Exchange, Little Big Weekend, Jazz with Ramona, Jazz Bang and Sweet and Hot.

The group is led by Andrew Dickeson – bandleader, drummer, teacher, historian and Jazz History lecturer at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney.

Joining Andrew for MLX are regular members Brad Child (saxophone/clarinet/vocals) and Peter Locke (piano), as well as swingin’ Melbournians Sam Anning (double bass), Mat Joddrell (trumpet – Saturday) and John Scurry (guitar – Sunday).

On Saturday night they’ll be celebrating the music of Duke Ellington (as well as playing a good helping of their regular hits) and on Sunday the spotlight will be on the music of Count Basie.

Tamsin West & the Savoy Ballroom Boys

Tamsin West began her career in theatre and television and is well known for roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Wizard of Oz and Round the Twist. With a great range and an ability to sing hot fast driving numbers as well as sweet ballads, Tamsin will be featuring on a number of Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb arrangements plus a range of other female vocalists from the 30s and 40s. Accompanying Tamsin will be some of Australia’s most talented and highly regarded musicians, The Savoy Ballroom Boys, comprising Mat Jodrell (Trumpet), Rob Moffatt (Trombone), Justin Fermino (Sax), Jason Downes (Reeds), Alex Spicer (Drums), Howard Cairns (Bass), Peter Baylor (Guitar), and Steve Grant (Piano). Expect high energy, great dancing tunes and hot solos from this all-star group!


The Oz Big Band

The Oz Big Band are dedicated to recreating the music and energy of the great big bands of the 30’s, 40’s and 50s. Since making their sound a trademark of the Perth scene in 2006, this 18-piece outfit has become popular amongst the Lindy Hop and Swing Dance scenes around Australia for its authenticity and high energy. Touring regularly around Australia, the Oz Big Band plays the music of Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and many more. A regular house band at The Mustang Bar in Northbridge, Western Australia, the Oz Big Band knows how to “wind it up, and let it go!”


Chonk is one of Melbourne’s hottest swing outfits specialising in the music of Count Basie and the Benny Goodman sextet. Chonk brings an energy and authenticity to their music that excites both the ears and the feet. Combining the talents of some of Melbourne’s most established musicians as well as its rising stars, Chonk captures the fervour and passion of swing in the 1940’s along with the creativity and edge of early Bebop. Whether you want to dance to stomping rhythms or sit and listen to romantic melodies, Chonk will have you grinning ear to ear.

Band members:

  • Brennan Hamilton-Smith – Clarinet
  • Peter Baylor – Guitar
  • Howard Cairns – Bass
  • Mat Jodrell – Trumpet
  • Luke Anderson – Drums

Lazy Eye

With a sound that’s described as “B.B. King sharing a Scotch with Booker T”, what Lazy Eye set out to create was a contemporary Australian act that was steeped in the blues, credible and relevant. Just a few short years later, with a swag of awards under their belt, a body of work that boasts four albums, an EP and numerous festival appearances around the country, they’re well on their way to achieving just that. Hailing from South Australia, Lazy Eye are Evan Whetter (vocal, organ & harmonica), Erica Graf (guitar) and Mario Marino (drums). They are excited to bring you gritty, gripping, soulful blues at MLX!