Josh Kelly Trio

The Josh Kelly Trio has one foot firmly planted in history, and one foot slipping forward towards the unknown. With nods of the 60’s modal and spiritual jazz saxophone tradition, you can expect to hear flourishes of Coltrane, Joe Henderson and Pharaoh Sanders, but with a focus on innovation rather than imitation. Over the past few years, the trio has developed a distinctive approach to improvising focussed on rhythmic exploration which radiates groove and energy.

JK Group

JK group brings together jazz stylings with current influences including broken-beat, house, and hip-hop, but with a distinctive emphasis on bebop-style improvisation. JK Group sits in the crossover of raw, live jazz and electronic/dance production. At times synth heavy, effected and soundscapey, while at other times hard hitting groove laden with spiritual jazz overtones.

JK Group are set to release their debut LP in early 2020 on local independent record label, La Sape.


Commissioned for the 2019 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Award, Displacement crosses the boundaries of Jazz, French Impressionism, and syncopated rhythm cycles to deliver a unique and immersive listening experience.

Featuring a 6-piece ensemble of revered musicians from 3 states of Australia, collectively active across jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical disciplines; the work explores these musical worlds through the lens of Josh's family's migration around the world.

The full performance of Displacement by Melbourne saxophonist, Josh Kelly at Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2019.