Give a Shout for Adrian at JazzLab

Sunday, November 19, 7 pm-late, at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick

$25 & $20 concessions

Adrian Jackson is best-known to most jazz followers in Australia (and internationally) as the founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s three major jazz festivals – Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues; and, Stonnington Jazz (as well as jazz critic with The Age newspaper for around 15 years). In the past year he has had to deal with some adversity, and been unemployed, and over the last few months this has been further exacerbated with health problems.

The jazz community is coming together to return some of the support that Adrian has given it over a period of more than 30 years. Michael Tortoni, owner of The Jazzlab, is waiving his rental fees, while an impressive list of artists are committing to perform. So far, this roster includes the Julien Wilson Trio (with Stephen Magnusson and Stephen Grant) at 9.30 pm, Andrea Keller, Michelle Nicole, Tony Gould, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Sam Keevers, Scott Tinkler, Ronny Ferella, Eugene Ball, Mirko Guerrini, Illaria Crociani, Tamara Murphy, Niko Schauble and Sam Anning, amongst others (with recent confirmations including Doug DeVries, Bob Sedergreen, Paul Grabowsky, Chris McNulty, Jex Saarelaht, Jacq Gawler, and possibly the MJC Collective). Comperes will include some 3PBS-FM presenters.

Online donations can be made at, while a Silent Auction (with items such as a Day’s Recording at Niko Schauble’s Pughouse Studios) will be run in conjunction with the concert. More details on the Event page on Facebook.

Sat 4th Nov at Jazz Lab

Think you’ve heard every possible variation of the piano trio? Wait until you hear the Kari Ikonen Trio.

It’s unmistakably Nordic, but upgraded with a wide dynamic range and vibrant, energetic rhythmic flow. No meaningless notes and chords, each composition has an abundance of colors, innovative harmonies, strong melodies, striking rhythms… Spend a minute listening and you’ll hear the difference.

Band members performing:

  • Kari Ikonen (piano)
  • Olli Rantala (bass)
  • Markku Ounaskari (drums)

click here for more info