Sparta Place Jazz Nights

Join us as Melbourne’s jazz royalty descend on Sparta Place, Brunswick for Jazz Nights in 2018!

Situated along Melbourne’s famous cultural strip Sydney Road, Sparta Place will come to life on Friday evenings in November and December with Melbourne’s finest musicians performing in an intimate boutique setting.

This is a free community event and patrons are encouraged to bring their own rugs and chairs. 

For a more intimate experience, there are a very limited number of tables available for bookings.
These tickets are non-refundable once booked.
(Full refunds will be given for a washed-out event!)

Support Jazz will begin at 6.30pm, Main performance at 8 pm, please be seated by this time.

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See below for details of performances:

Friday 16th November:

Gypsy Jazz with Julie O’Hara & La Grande Soiree-

Take a trip back to the clubs of Paris in the 30’s and 40’s where rhythm guitar-fueled jazz manouche was swinging hot, ala Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of Paris. Jazz vocalist, Julie O’Hara presents a collection of original jazz manouche songs, along with O’Hara’s vocalese lyrics to classic Django Reinhardt compositions and other gypsy swing gems. O’Hara will be joined with guitarists extraordinaire, Jon Delaney and Sam  O’Halloran along with the inimitable Tom Lee on bass. A scaled-back version of O’Hara’s recent festival performances of ‘La Grande Soiree’, you’ll leave with a skip in your step and a song in your heart!

Friday 23rd November:

Michelle Nicolle & The Sentimental Journeys-

Australia’s favourite Jazz singer takes you on a journey of musical discovery.  Not only a great jazz singer and performer Michelle is a passionate lover of great songs and lyrics.
Be it Jazz, Pop, Rock’n Roll or other, a great song will stand the test of time.  With her swinging trio, The Sentimental Journeys, Michelle covers musical landscapes far and wide, from then to now.

Friday 30th November:

Music of Brazil with Dany Maia-

Direct from Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil, Dany Maia brings the authentic sounds of Brazilian music to Australian audiences. A reflection of the cultural melting-pot in which Dany was born and raised, her music merges the classic Bossa Nova, Jazz and Samba tunes from Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. The concert will showcase a broad selection of Brazilian music ranging from more traditional forms to Bossa Nova. Dany Maia Quintet will present songs by Tom Jobim, Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and Cartola, composer and poet considered to be a major figure in the development of samba.Dany Maia embodies the true spirit of Brazil. (View YouTube video HERE)

Friday 7th December:

“Fun Fun Fun” The Music of The Beach Boys-

A jazz-tinged celebration of the musical genius of Brian Wilson and the songs that shaped the music of his time.  Featuring Josh Kyle on voice and Fran Swinn on guitar.

Friday 14th December:

Paul Williamson; All Things Jazz, Blues & Soul-

Paul Williamson has played in jazz, R&B and rock settings with such names as Vince Jones, Dire Straits, Men At Work, Renee Geyer, Jo Jo Zep, Deep Purple, Black Sorrows, Daddy Cool, Tibetan Dixie, Jane Clifton, Way Out West, The Moovin’ & Groovin Orch. He shone when given the opportunity to work with U.S visitors Jimmy McGriff(organ), Big Jay McNeely(saxophone), Lucky Peterson(organ), Cornell Dupree(guitar), Duke Robillard (guitar) Betty Harris and Eddie Floyd (vocals) as well leading his own ensemble the ‘Paul Williamson Hammond Combo’ which started in 1991. The band has released 5 CD’s ‘Red Hot Go’, ‘Live At The Esplanade’, ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘Get Happy’ and ‘Month of Mondays’ and has maintained long-running a residencies at venues like the Esplanade Hotel and Melbourne’s world famous Rainbow Hotel. The band has been playing there on Mondays since November 1991.

Friday 21st December:

Gianni Marinucci & Michelle Nicolle Xmas show-

A repeat performance of Sparta Place Xmas 2017. Moreland locals Michelle and Gianni will dip into their festive bag and swing Brunswick into the holiday season!