19 Feb - 19 Feb 2022
$40 - $60


Sydney’s finest jazz and swing musicians come together to perform a sparkling repertoire of classics from the swing-era

Music from the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood, Latin-American cha-cha, rumba and mambo evergreens; and big band versions of the great songs associated with legends like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire.

The 15 piece big band, led by conductor and vocalist Phillip Sametz (a name ABC Classic FM listeners will recognise), is a fixture on the Sydney arts and entertainment scene, performing everywhere from glittering opening night parties, to the Opera House New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Archibald Prize Preview and in annual concert seasons at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne. Their ABC Classics album Non-Stop Flight was nominated for an ARIA award for Best Jazz Album.

A message from the Mell-O-Tones:

“It seems amazing to remember a time, not too long ago, when those of us lucky enough to live near a performing arts centre like The Joan could assume that live performance was somehow there for us to enjoy, beautifully presented, all year round.

The last two years have made it clear just how special it is when audiences and artists are in the same space at the same time. The Mell-O-Tones can’t wait to play for you, making our debut at The Joan in just a couple of weeks’ time, in a program of life-giving music from the golden age of the big bands. We’re fully vaxxed, the Joan has impeccable Covid-safe protocols in place, and we promise you toe-tapping music you’ll adore. Won’t you join us?”

Audience info | Matinee 90 minutes, Evening 120 minutes

Please note this concert was rescheduled from its original 24 July 2021 date due to covid closures.

19 Feb 2022 2:00 pm

19 Feb 2022 7:30 pm

“Outstanding stuff. The Mell-O-Tones have done an astonishing job re-creating the sound of the swing era”

– Sydney Star Observer

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