Women in Jazz



Jackie Bornstein is one of Melbourne’s most captivating singers and has become a regular fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene.

Known for her ability to get to the heart of a tune, Jackie’s recent Melbourne International Jazz Festival debut was a sellout. She brings her moving vocals to the Salon in celebration of women composers in jazz.

From the early evolution of jazz, women have overcome significant obstacles to help shape the sound of jazz with their songs. Jackie Bornstein brings her rich and emotive vocals to these compositions which are some of the most moving songs in the jazz repertoire. Together with her top band, Jackie shares the music and stories of female composers and lyricists including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Bernice Petkere, Dorothy Fields, Jackie Bornstein and more.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Jackie Bornstein


Jackie Bornstein voice
Craig Fermanis guitar
Tamara Murphy bass
Danny Fischer drums
Andrea Keller piano*

Concert update: As at 22 May 2018, Angela Davis is unfortunately no longer able to perform as part of Women in Jazz. Andrea Keller joins the artist line-up.


Ann Ronell
Willow Weep For Me

Bernice Petkere
Close Your Eyes

Maria Grever
Cuando vuelva tu lado/What a Difference a Day Makes

Dan Fisher Ervin Drake Irene Higginbottom
Good Morning Heartache

Dorothy Fields Jimmy McHugh
On the Sunny Side of the Street

Nina Simone
Four Women

Consuelo Velázquez
Bésame Mucho

Billie Holiday
Don’t Explain

Jackie Bornstein
Don’t Tell Her

Dorothy Fields Jerome Kern
The Way You Look Tonight


This production is part of the following series:

Jazz in the Salon

Whether traditional jazz is up your alley or you fancy something a little more improvisatory, ambient or electric, step away from the daily grind and into the Salon to experience the sweet sounds of jazz at the Best Place to Hear.