The Melbourne International Jazz Festival drops a heavy AF 2018 lineup
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The Melbourne International Jazz Festival drops a heavy AF 2018 lineup

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Returning for its 21st stint, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is set to engulf the city in improvised glory.

Over 400 artists across over 100 events are set to grace the event, which will plant itself across 26 of our most loved venues.

Styles and influences spanning classic jazz, funk, soul, hip hop and electronica will be displayed through an impressive list of local and international talent.

Funk legend Maceo Parker (USA) will pay tribute to Ray Charles, while the likes of the (inter)stellar Sun Ra Arkestra (USA), Nubia Garcia (UK) and Francesco Cafiso (Italy) will feature. 

Further highlights include Branford Marsalis, Chris Dave & The Drumheadz, KNOWER, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, and Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Jazz Out West returns, helmed by DJ, radio broadcaster and Melbourne music staple Mz Rizk, while a partnership with Tokyo and Singapore jazz festivals will see the inaugural The Gravity Project take place – bringing together contemporary Australian, Japanese and Singaporean improvisers for an exchange program.