Jazz Greats Weekend at Monash

Jazz Greats WeekendAustralia’s musical icons are coming to Monash Clayton campus for a weekend of sizzling jazz performances.

James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri and Monash’s own Paul Grabowsky will star in the Jazz Greats Weekend, presented by the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) on March 25 and 26 at Robert Blackwood Hall.

James Morrison, Australia’s most celebrated trumpeter, and his quintet will open the weekend on Saturday night with their signature big brass sound.

They will be joined by the James Mustafa Jazz Orchestra, one of Australia’s most celebrated and renowned jazz ensembles, to present a new composition commissioned by MAPA.

At Sunday’s concert, Kate Ceberano and Joe Camilleri will pair with six-time Aria award winner Paul Grabowsky to reimagine and transform the songbook of one of the 20th century’s greatest song-writers and poets - Bob Dylan.

Professor Paul Grabowsky, Executive Director of MAPA, said the reinterpretation of Dylan’s songs will surprise and delight audiences.

“The songs of Bob Dylan have become part of the inner fabric of our lives, and his creative journey has recently brought him around to the Great American Songbook, which has traditionally formed the basis for many extraordinary jazz performances. Now we return the favour, with an investigation of his masterpieces from a jazz perspective, interpreted by two of our greatest vocalists,” he said.

The Jazz Greats Weekend kick-starts an exciting 2017 season for MAPA. With programming that celebrates creativity and diversity you’ll be treated to a huge range of theatre, music and dance throughout the year. The full season program will be available on the MAPA website on Thursday 24 February or you can email the MAPA Box Office if you'd like a copy mailed to you. Email: boxoffice@monash.edu

Jazz Greats Weekend at Monash takes place at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Clayton Campus.

James Morrison & the James Mustafa Jazz Orchestra  - Saturday 25 March, 7.30pm

The Bob Dylan Song Book featuring Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri and Paul Grabowsky  - Sunday 26 March, 7.30pm

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone 03 9905 1111. $15 - $45