Alliance Française de Melbourne & St Kilda Jazz present:


September 26 – Mel Searle: a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

Melbourne vocalist Mel Searle, accompanied by the New Impromptu Quartet, pays tribute to the First Lady of Song: the great Ella Fitzgerald.

Mel Searle – voice
Alexander Nettelbeck – piano
Robbie Finch – bass
Andy Horneman – drums

Ella Fitzgerald, whose career spanned more than five decades, was one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Join Mel Searle and her band as she traces Ella's fascinating journey and performs scintillating interpretations of the songs that made Ella famous.
With an innate talent for vocal improvisation and an exquisite vocal warmth and depth of tone, Mel's vocals are luminescent and empathetic… Her interpretation of the “Ella experience” is definitely one not to be missed!

Venue and ticket info:

Where: Alliance Française, 51 Grey St, St Kilda.
Date: Thursday 26 September at 8pm
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm. Concert starts at 8pm.
Tickets: Full $25 / AFM members $20. Advanced online bookings recommended as places are limited.

Please check if you are logged in to receive the discount. Only one discount ticket per single or concession membership and a maximum of two discounted tickets for a family membership. Membership cards will be checked on the night.


Mel Searle is a vibrant and exciting addition to the Melbourne jazz and vocal scene. With a voice which has been described as liquid honey, Mel’s vocals are understated yet utterly captivating. Following from a career in music teaching, Mel now performs regularly with some of Australia’s pre-eminent jazz musicians, including the Joe Ruberto Trio and the John Montesante Quintet and features throughout the year at Melbourne’s iconic Paris Cat Jazz Club as well as in the cappella group On Church Street. A talented Musical & Creative Director, Mel has directed many ensembles over the years, including varied choral groups, her church band and the Manningham Carols by Candlelight choir and ensemble, one of the largest carols events in Melbourne.

"If Ella Fitzgerald was the greatest American singer, it was in part because she could turn any song into an oxygen rush of bouncing melody that reached the listener's ears as pure, untroubled joy. It's not just that her singing is beautiful. It is also liberating, transporting us into a realm of pleasure beyond all barriers, whether of race and age, of jazz and pop, of high and low, or even, when she floats into scat, of language."
- Frank Rich, New York Times, 1996

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VIC, Australia, 3182
Tel : 03 9525 3463

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