We are excited to welcome an incredible lineup of live music at MLX2019!

Kate Wadey

Kate Wadey is quickly becoming a voice in Australian jazz to be reckoned with. Based in Sydney, Wadey and has quickly become known among the dancers with Kate’s swinging selection of songs, this is sure to be the perfect introduction to effortless charm and sophistication that so many jazz fans are becoming familiar. Warmly embraced by a band of excellent and celebrated accompanying musicians, Wadey sings standards selected for their particularly fine character with a sweet, sure and rich voice. This swinging band, a collaboration of Melbourne and Sydney artist is sure to have you up and moving all night.

Band members:

Kate Wadey: Vocals

Andrew Scott: Piano

Chris O’Dea: Saxophone

Samuel: Double Bass

Tim Geldons: Drums

The Mat Jodrell Swingtet

The Mat Jodrell Swingtet are here to turn the jazz party up even higher on MLX19’s Sunday night. The group is led by trumpeter Mat Jodrell, one of the most exciting voices in Jazz today, who has recently returned to Australia after having lived in New York City where he performed around the city and taught at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music.   

With the amazing Julien Wilson on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Ben Gillespie on trombone and vocals, Stephen Grant on piano, Phil Rex on bass, and Danny Fischer on drums, Mat has brought together the absolute A team to close out the MLX weekend!

The Nang Nang Nangs

The Nang Nang Nangs are here to give you that good hit of jazz Nostalgia. Performing old fashioned, swinging jazz music featuring some of the very best tunes from the repertoire of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong et al.

The group is led by cornettist extraordinaire Eamon McNelis; winner of the 2010 National Jazz Award  and known for his work with upbeat jazz-folk band FLAP! and the Big Idiot Club. 

Joining him are a stellar cast of Melbourne jazz greats: Justin Fermino (Cope Street Parade) on Saxophone, Jon Delaney (The Furbelows) on Guitar, Jono Brown (Collingwood Casanovas) on Bass, and the renowned Lynn Wallis on drums; possibly the greatest swing drummer alive today.

Check out Eamon’s other band:

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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!”

Collard Greens and Gravy

Aria award winning band Collard Greens and Gravy have been forerunners of the Australian blues and roots seen since their formation in 1995. Since that time the band have clocked up countless kilometres performing their gritty driving blues to thrilled audiences at major festivals across Australia as well as in the United States.

In 2001 the band travelled to Memphis Tennessee to compete in the international blues challenge where their raw harmonica driven blues saw them take second place,their 3rd cd “Silver Bird” was awarded best independent cd the following year at the same competition.

In 2018, the band released their latest CD “Luedella” which was won the Age Music Victoria award for best blues album. The album features Ian Collard on vocals and harmonica, Dave Birtwell on Guitar, Dale Lindrea on bass and Jason Liu Soon on drums.