The 16-piece all-female Melba Big Band brings back MEMO Music Hall’s Dance Hall Past

Saturday 27 July 8pm

MEMO Music Hall relives its Dance Hall days when the 16-piece MELBA BIG BAND, Australia’s only all-female Big Band, fills the room with vintage sounds from the 1920s and a dash of the 1970s on Saturday 27 July. The show is produced by St Kilda’s very own Justine Jones vocalist, composer, actress, and producer who plays saxophone with the band.

The MELBA BIG BAND was established in 2018 with five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and a three-piece rhythm section. The members range in age from 19 to 65. The band has played sell-out shows at The Jazz Lab, 303, Dizzys, and Castlemaine and Mordialloc Festivals. 

At MEMO they will be performing Big Band favourites such as L.O.V.E, Almost Like being in love , Basically Blues, Jive at Five, and Tequila, as well as the music of Count Basie, Neal Hefti, Chuck Rio, Bernie McGann, Gershwin and more! Join vocalist Katrina Buttegieg, Musical Director Emily Brice and the Melba Big Band for a night to remember at MEMO Music Hall. 

Saturday 27 July, MEMO Music Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda, Tickets at


Melanie Wilkinson

Carmen Robertson

Jenny Stengards

Lucy Jacobson


Justine Jones

Radha Claridge

Jane Mc Gann

Eve Mc Leod

Laura Baker Goldsmith


Nikola Shaw

Renee Limenedis

Heather Allen

Emily Furlong

Rhythm Section

Holly Brick

Claire Pipkin

Mat Duniam


Katrina Buttegeig

Musical Director: Emily Brice

Justine Jones is a saxophonist, vocalist, composer, actress, and producer from Melbourne, Australia. She has 6 releases her newly established record label JJAS, “Unsuretays”,“That Fate”,“As You Do”, ”Live on 3CR”, ”Themes to Assumption day”, ”Transversing” and vintage jazz recordings, her father Brian Jones, made in the 60s, 70s and 80s “Live at the Troika 1973”

Justine has toured in Europe, USA, & nationally throughout Australia, as well as performing many local gigs and festivals with her band, Justine Jones and the Playboys of Rhythm. She has played saxophone on the albums of many other artists including, Max Merritt, Mario Genovese, Col Millington Soul wide open and The Living End.

Artists she has performed with include Lani Ford, Jo Kelly Stephenson, Fred Engler, The Interzone Trio, The Big One, Kenny Lopez’s Sex Mambo, Judy Bailey, Marie Gabrielle, Ruth Rogers Wright, Andrea Keller, Sally Boyden, Saxarama, The Sure Shot Hunters, The Vagrants,The Andrew Nolte Orchestra, Dizzys Big Band, Dr Crask and his Swinging Elixir, Lady Lash, Linda Bacon French, Puggsley Buzzard, Taylor Mac and The Melba Big Band

Sharing her musical knowledge, for years, Justine consistently produced and presented radio shows, “Groovoire” on 106.7 PBS FM, 1999-2004, “Radio Mama” on 3CR 2004-2008, and Night Owl Jazz, on 103.5 MBS FM, 2008-11.

In 2007-8 she produced & presented a 6 part TV show, “The Jazz Show” broadcast on Ch31 with Mark Fitzgibbon, which featured her compositions, and was nominated for 3 Antenna awards. In 2012 she became a composer for Studio 51 (USA) writing and producing music for film and TV.
 Justine has also appeared in Australian TV including “Jack Irish”,“Neighbours”,“Wentworth”, “Hawke”,“Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries”,“Paper Giants“,”Winners&Losers”,“Wilfred”,“Offspring”, Feature films including “Fags in the Fast Lane”, “The BBQ” , Ride like a girl & many short films. For more info


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