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Update: Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2013

Due to popular demand, the MIJF is moving US instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy from the Forum Upstairs to the Forum main stage for its concert with Alison Wedding on Saturday, 1 June at 8pm.

Billed as “one of the hottest new names on the international touring circuit”, Snarky Puppy make its Australian debut at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

All other event details remain the same and ticketholders can use their existing tickets on the night.

Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy

A MIJF media release says, “The Texas-and New York-based collective has gained a reputation for putting on virtuosic live shows. Combining raw funk, soul and jazz this is music ‘to move the brain and booty’.”

The festival has also announced that with deep regret it has cancelled all performances by Rebirth Brass Band at the festival due to the illness of a core member, preventing the band from travelling to Australia in June. Rebirth Brass Band sincerely apologise to their fans for this unavoidable cancellation.

“The Festival apologises for any inconvenience caused to our audiences by the cancellation of this much-anticipated event. We’re naturally disappointed that Rebirth Brass Band will not be part of the 2013 lineup,” the release states.

For anyone that has purchased tickets to Rebirth Brass Band’s performance at The Forum on Sunday 2 June, the Festival is offering the option to exchange tickets for Snarky Puppy featuring Alison Wedding (USA) at The Forum on Saturday 1 June at 8pm and a complimentary ticket to Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers (CUBA) at Hamer Hall on Saturday 8 June at 8pm. Alternatively, a full refund is also available.

Anyone with Rebirth ticket/s should hold on to them until contacted by Ticketmaster.

The Second Line Street Party planned for Saturday June 1 has now been cancelled in light of this news.

For full program details visit the Melbourne International Jazz Festival website.

ROGER MITCHELL

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