Scene News Herbie Hancock to headline the Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Herbie Hancock is the master of modern jazz – he is innovative, influential, a living legend and will close the 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Michael Tortoni, said, “We are excited to make this early announcement and extremely honoured that Herbie Hancock is returning to Melbourne to close the festival. Our festival program will continue to offer a diversity of experiences that will showcase many outstanding Australian and international artists.”

With an illustrious career spanning into its sixth decade and a staggering 14 GRAMMY® Awards, there are few artists who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz, R&B and hip hop than Herbie Hancock.

Miles Davis said in his autobiography “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”

The author of modern day standards such as Cantaloupe Island, Chameleon and Rockit in addition to hundreds more, Hancock’s appeal transcends genres while maintaining an unmistakable style.

Hancock’s standing and influence on modern music has produced iconic partnerships with artists ranging from Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Annie Lennox to Snoop Dog, Flying Lotus and Pink.

Any opportunity to see Herbie Hancock live should never be missed.

See this icon of modern music take to the Hamer Hall stage with a hand picked band to close the Melbourne International Jazz Festival for 2019.


Saturday, 8 June 2019

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Time 7.30pm

Venue Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank

Tickets $79 – $149 (plus transaction fee)


Melbourne International Jazz Festival

31 May – 9 June 2019

The 2019 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) returns for its 22nd year. A 10-day celebration of jazz music and culture MIJF 2019 will feature more than 350 Australian, international and emerging artists, taking place in 25 venues across Melbourne. Ranging from grandiose concerts in the world-class Hamer Hall to intimate jazz clubs, plus vibrant café gigs in Melbourne’s west and free community events, MIJF will continue to deliver events reaching thousands right across Melbourne and Victoria. The 2019 program will feature eight Australian/international collaborations, numerous MIJF exclusives as well as cultural partnerships with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre, and others. Illustrating the ongoing importance and breadth of jazz the 2019 program offers a diversity of experiences and showcases many outstanding Australian and international artists, with new projects from leading local artists. Experience the world’s best jazz artists right here in Melbourne and immerse yourself in a stunning program which offers something for everyone.


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