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Welcome to the website of the Australian Jazz Museum.

We’re a proud group of dedicated volunteers who are maintaining the premier Australian Jazz Museum.
Home of the largest Australian jazz collection.
The Museum is open to the public free of charge from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Why not call in and check it out?

Latest News Items


  • Annual General Meeting 11/11/2018

    Dear Member,

    The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Jazz Museum will be held on Sunday November 11 at 11AM, at our premises at 15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna, VIC.

    This year’s meeting falls on Remembrance day (which couldn’t be avoided)  and this may prevent members from being able to attend the meeting. ... Read more about this item


  • Seniors Week 2018

    There were two performances held at the Museum this week. Tuesday was Anita Harris and friends while Friday it was Pippa Wilson with the band Jazz Notes.

    Thanks again to all our performers who generously support the Museum by giving their time freely. We are all very appreciative.

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  • Anita Harris and Pippa Wilson – Seniors Week at the Museum

    Anita Harris and friends on Tuesday October 9, 1.00 – 3.00 PM

    Pippa Wilson and Jazz Notes on Friday October 12, 1.00 – 3.00 PM

    Cost is only $10.00, and includes light refreshments.

    Bookings are essential, on 9800 5535 or email tours@ajm.org.

    Phone 9800 5535 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10.00 – 3.00 PM

     

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Group Tours ($25/person)

Group visitors enjoy a comprehensive tour of the museum, including what goes on behind the scenes; lunch, afternoon tea, or light refreshments. Our minimum group size is 20 with a maximum of 40. Members and friends are welcome to “tag along” with group tours, for the same per-head charge. Check out our calendar for upcoming group tours. Tours can be scheduled by prior arrangement between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, or evenings, any day except Saturday and public holidays. Advance booking is essential.

To book a group tour, contact Joy Farnan on 9800 5535 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10:00 and 3:00, or email tours@ajm.org.au

Membership

Read about the many great benefits of becoming an Australian Jazz Museum member.

Our Story

An interview with our Collections Manager, Mel Blachford, recorded on Saturday May 21, 2016, at the 2016 Stonnington Jazz Festival.


The ABC “Swing Show” with Graeme Bell – 1948
Alan Saunders, who played saxophone and violin in the ABC Dance Band from 1936 to 1968, also ran a weekly jazz program for several years in the 1940s called “The Swing Show”. The Jazz Museum has one of these programs from 1948 (which could be the only one in existence). It features the Graeme Bell band, but unfortunately parts of the acetate disc are so badly damaged that some of the recording had to be edited out and other parts are too worn to be satisfactorily restored. Nevertheless, we present this program as is which may never have been heard since its original broadcast.
When we were still known as the Victorian Jazz Archive one of our Sound Engineers, Ken Simpson-Bull, compiled an overview of our collection of rare Jazzart-label recordings. Click below to enjoy it.

Last Consignment
It’s February 1940, and the Australian government has introduced a ban on the importation of records. Radio jazz program “Swing Night” writer Bill Miller is able to put together a program based on the last records to get into the country prior to the ban. More details here.
AJM member Ken Brandt’s interview on 3SER Casey Radio’s ‘Win Win Business Show’ on 97.7FM with host Paul Tero of Dellium Advisory recorded on Tue, 7 July 2015.


 

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