SNEAK PREVIEW: Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014

Information about a couple of major concerts for this year’s MIJF have been released ahead of time, but the main program launch takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 19).

Ausjazz knows what’s in store, but cannot reveal the goodies until the embargo is lifted. Watch this space.

However, in the spirit of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, Ausjazz loves a good leak and it appears we have spotted one.

Residents of Maribyrnong today received the council’s flash newsletter in the letterbox — it ought to be flash given the steep rates — and that august publication appears to have jumped the gun, releasing official secrets about the 2014 program.

Take a careful look at this snapshot from the Maribyrnong News and you may well be excused for thinking details of musical events that are not due to be on the record until this evening have been revealed.

Maribyrnong News

Maribyrnong News appears to have sprung a leak.

Ausjazz can’t confirm or deny the alleged information that appears to suggest the festival is going to make its presence felt in Melbourne’s west this year. But the Maribyrnong News does appear to mention Peter Knight, the Dancing Dog Cafe, the Reverence Hotel and a Soundwalk to “secret spaces of Footscray”.

Well, well. Time will tell whether the rates paid in Franco Cozzo’s neck of the woods have in fact been used to give us a sneak preview.

Meantime, there is a rumour floating about that Michael Tortoni, the MIJF artistic director, grew up in the western suburbs and was occasionally sighted at the Reverence Hotel.


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