The program for the 2014 edition of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival has been announced. It includes artists not only from Australia, but name acts from the United States, the UK, Italy, Israel, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Greece and New Zealand. All told, more than 300 artists will perform in over 100 events during the 10-day festival, which will take place in Australia’s second largest city—and the arts-friendly city that many regard as the cultural capital of Australia—from May 30 through June 8.
A list of American musicians slated to play this year’s festival include Chick Corea (pictured above) and Gary Burton, Charles Lloyd (playing with both his Sky Trio and, separately, with Greek singer Maria Farantouri), Mary Stallings, the Joshua Redman Quartet, the Larry Carlton Quartet, Derrick Hodge and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
The 10-day jazz festival in Melbourne is the largest of its kind in Australia and includes grand shows at large venues and more intimate performances at smaller clubs. In addition, there’ll be film screenings, events for families and children, and nearly 30 free events, including lunchtime concerts and artist talks.
For more information, including a full schedule of shows and events, go to www.melbournejazz.com.