TEST REGION Riverboats Music Festival


Jazz Party


Essentially we are a dirty beatnik rock n’roll band who play jazz and soul music” – Darcy McNulty, Jazz Party

Late nights, flickering neon, blue smoke and beer fuelled dance freak-outs over a gravely wailing saxophone - think New Orleans processionals meets Twin Peaks. This is Jazz Party. Melbourne’s Monday night secret society led by former saxophonist and songwriter of Clairy Browne & The Bangin Rackettes Darcy McNulty and supreme diva and ex-Rackette Loretta Miller.

After moving to Melbourne himself, McNulty effortlessly integrated into the world of Melbourne jazz. Yet, despite being filled with incredible musicians, McNulty identified a strange uniformity within the jazz scene. He saw the need for a spontaneity and recklessness in music, the likes of which had never been explored.

Growing wildly from the lounge rooms of late night house parties to month long Monday night residencies throughout the city, over the past four years Jazz Party has held court at many of the most electrifying venues in Melbourne. 

“It’s important that we always keep things fresh and new somehow,” McNulty says, “That might mean getting a vibraphone and a slide guitar in a dirty rock venue, or having the bass player from the MSO sit in with a drunk blues harp player. We'll do it. It's all music."

Featuring a rotating cast plus regular features from members of bands such as Daniel Merriweather, The Cat Empire, Clairy Brown & The Bangin' Rackettes, Husky, Mojo Juju and Martin Martini - the spirit of Jazz Party is surprise and spontaneity and you just never know who will show up to play a Jazz Party gig.

Jazz Party is like nothing you have seen before or will likely see again, as if a wild shindig collided with a cult gathering. McNulty say “We’ve had the bar staff dancing on the tables. Generally, it gets pretty raucous. I mean, we haven’t had everyone take off their clothes yet. But we’re getting there.”

Performing Saturday, February 17