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Melbourne Jazz launches 2012 program

McCoy Tyner
Mar 14, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has launched a large scale 2012 program. Read more about the line up here...

Festival Artistic Director Michael Tortoni will bring out an all-star line up of international performers here's a few to mention:  McCoy Tyner (USA), Terence Blanchard (USA), Dee Dee Bridgewater (USA) pictured, Chris Potter (USA), Robert Glasper (USA), Hiromi (Japan), Renaud Garcia-Fons (France), Eli Degibri (Israel).

There's also a stunning Australian contingent, including Alan Browne, Kaite Noonan, Vince Jones and Kristin Berardi.

This year's Melbourne International Festival of Jazz is held from June 1-10, 2012.  See full details of the event here.

Artist Biography


Alfred McCoy Tyner (born December 11, 1938) is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and a long solo career. Biography: Early life: Tyner was born in Philadelphia as the oldest of three children. He was encouraged to study piano by his mother. He began studying the piano at age 13 and within two years music had become the focal point...

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On Mar 14, 2012. 1:27pm
Anonymous said

So...when is it? Where is it being held? Some info please people for those of us who enjoy Jazz but are not fanatical supporters!

On Mar 14, 2012. 3:02pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, dates are listed above... and please make use of the links to the festival webpage, which has all the details about the venues and performers, ranging from free to ticketed events...
Thanks for visiting...!
ABC Jazz.

On Mar 15, 2012. 10:44am
Christopher Lynch said

Forget the Formula One GP and all those other culturally bankrupt events for which Melbourne is sadly too well known, this wonderful jazz festival bears true merit allowing us to be seen in the wider world as more than a bunch of beery AFL followers. Congratulations and gratitude to the likes of Michael Tortoni and the other dedicated organisers who have compiled this outstanding programme.

On Mar 16, 2012. 4:07pm
Anonymous said

Sorry but Ho Hum another corporate jazz event full of uninspired overseas players. Bring on Wang!!

On Mar 16, 2012. 8:00pm
tony p said

Sorry to say, but Mr Tyner is just going through the motions for the sake of his retirement fund these days. Those who remember the monumental power of the man from his mid-90s Melbourne concert will be sorely disappointed; by all means attend to pay homage to one of the all-time giants of jazz, but rein in your expectations. (He does have a very capable band.)

Chris Potter OTOH is an artist at the height of his powers. Folks, don't miss that gig.

On Mar 17, 2012. 7:59pm
Christopher Lynch said

Re your foolish comment sic "full of uninspired overseas players".
So the likes of McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter and Hiromi - to name a few - can be described in this misguided manner? Do you REALLY know anything about these superb musicians?
If you - whoever you are - believe you can do more to contribute to the artistic content of this festival, then no doubt the organisers would welcome your input.
Your ill-considered remarks make me - and no doubt numerous other serious jazz devotees - wonder if you really know much about this inspirational art form.
You're always entitled to your opinions Anonymous, but please ensure you know what you're talking about.

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