Stonnington Jazz Festival

Stonnington Jazz continues to be one of Australia’s leading jazz festivals. In its 14th year, the festival maintains its strong track record of presenting memorable performances from 100% Australian talent.

For this year’s line-up, we’re bringing some of the best Australian jazz musicians to Stonnington, giving both locals and visitors, very young to the young at heart, the chance to be wowed in some of our most iconic venues and open spaces around town. Across a wide range of jazz styles, we feature both established names and those in the early stages of their career.

Whether you are a passionate jazz fan or a newcomer to the exciting world of jazz, there are plenty of shows in this year’s program that we’re sure you will enjoy.

Dates: 9 May – 19 May 2019

Website and full program:

Special shows on sale Friday 1 March Full program on sale 8 Friday March

The program is split into different elements: – Curated shows – Concerts – Jazz in The Loft – Jazz Industry Summit – Get Involved (featuring workshops, a jazz jam, lyric writing workshop)

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online through the Stonnington Jazz website. Tickets will also be available on the door, unless sold out prior. Please note that door sales will be EFTPOS only. In addition to online booking, performances at Chapel Off Chapel may be booked directly through the venue on 8290 7000 or in person.

Can I buy tickets in person?

Tickets can be purchased in person at Chapel Off Chapel prior to the event, online and on the door at each event venue if still available. This excludes Satellite Events, Sketch The Rhythm, Jazz DJ Workshop, and Cool Nights Hot Jazz.

I'm having trouble buying tickets, how do I contact you?

For all events being ticketed by Chapel Off Chapel, please contact the Box Office on 8290 7000. This excludes Satellite Events.

Can Companion Card holders access a free ticket for their companion?

Yes. Please contact Chapel Off Chapel’s Box Office on 8290 7000. This excludes Satellite Events.

Can I buy my ticket with cash?

Tickets can be purchased in advance with cash at Chapel Off Chapel. Door sale tickets for Melbourne Bowling Club may only be purchased with EFTPOS, if tickets are still available. (No Cash sales on the door.) This excludes Satellite Events.

I’m having trouble with tickets, what can I do?

Please contact the Chapel Off Chapel Box Office on (03) 8290 7000 or

Are there any free events?

Yes! There are a number of free concerts, workshops, and events. These can be found in the Stonnington Jazz program both online and in print. Keep in mind that you may need to register for the session.

What about accessibility needs?

Stonnington Jazz welcomes people with access requirements. Most venues involved in the festival have wheelchair access and a number feature hearing loop systems. We recommend contacting the venue directly to confirm their provisions, and letting us know via email or phone at time of booking if you will require any assistance on the night.

Are companion cards accepted?

Yes. Companion tickets may be booked online with the purchase of a ticket. Please note the companion card must be presented prior to admittance.

Can I get a refund?

Tickets are not exchangeable or refundable except in certain circumstances where required by law as stated in the Terms and Conditions of purchase. Please see Chapel Off Chapel’s Refund Policy for more information.

How do I get there? Is there parking?

Events are held at multiple locations across Stonnington. Head to the back page of the program (or here) for a visual overview of all our venues. Each is located nearby to either a train or tram stop and we encourage utilising public transport (you can plan your journey with PTV Journey Planner). There is limited free street parking and paid parking available nearby to each venue.

Can I BYO alcohol to the event?

No. There will however be drinks available for purchase from our licensed venues.

What about food?

All licensed venues will have snacks available.

Is there a cloak room?

Unfortunately not.

Can I take photos at the gigs?

Visitors are encouraged to take photos and share on social media. To see posts shared on social media use the #stonningtonjazz hashtag.

Program highlights!

Fri 10 May – WAR CRY

Six voices from across Australia unite to explore the political, socially aware and thought-provoking spirit of jazz. Featuring Michelle Nicolle, Rita Satch, Odette Mercy, Fem Belling, Racerage and Sahida Apsara this show traverses the intersections of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, spoken word and traditional music to weave together an emotional and uplifting concert. A specially curated band led by bassist Claire Cross will support each vocalist with hard hitting grooves and harmonies as they perform their selections.

Thu 16 May – Hearing the Blood presented by Barney McAll

Grammy nominated, ARIA award winning piano master, Barney McAll presents compositions from his multi-award winning album Hearing The Blood. With new pieces written specifically for Stonnington Jazz Festival, this strictly limited event is a unique opportunity to witness the master in concert.

Sat 18 May – Queens of the Jazz Age

Starring host and performer Rhonda Burchmore, with Dolly Diamond, Stella Angelico, Cougar Morrison accompanied by the Jack Earle Big Band. This specially curated event is one not to be missed for any cabaret or jazz lover. This livewire line up celebrates everything jazz, big band and cabaret to bring you a truly unique event that harks back to the days of Hollywood glamour.

Sun 19 May – Cool Nights Hot Jazz

The 2019 Stonnington Jazz Festival, will close with an extraordinary finale the Malvern Town Hall. Pianist Moninique DiMattina has assembled a stellar line-up of Australian musicians to play homage to the trad jazz legacy in Melbourne. The Sugarfoot Ramblers will perform a set comprising of original Dixie to honour Red Onions. The Sugarfood Ramblers were formed after two members (Travis Woods and Daniel Berry) spent time in New Orleans and craved an outlet to explore classical traditional jazz. Bob Sedergreen and Adam Rudegeair will also battle it out in a dazzling piano display.

Sat 12 May – Stonnington Industry Jazz Summit

As part of this year’s program we welcome the Jazz Summit. Specifically designed for Australian musicians’ professional development, the summit offers a day full of panel discussions, keynote speakers and performance workshops. The summit includes a keynote speech by our 2019 Jazz Industry Ambassador – straight from San Francisco.