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Friday, 9 February 2018 from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm (AEDT)

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A new freshly roasted program at The Dock!

Jazz Brew Cafe

Brewing up some groovy jazz tunes on the second Friday afternoon of each month.  Linger longer after work or lounge with friends at your favourite meeting point at The Dock in the cafe. 

Freshly brewed:   Tamara Murphy and Stephen Magnusson


Tamara Murphy, versatile bassist and composer, is known for her solid groove playing and lyrical soloing ability. Tamara has received numerous grants to record her music and also to extend her craft through international study in the US and Canada.

An esteemed composer, Tamara was awarded the inaugural PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission for the creation and presentation of the work “Big Creatures and Little Creatures” with her ensemble, Murphy’s Law in 2011. This work was released in 2012 and was nominated for The Age Genre Music Awards and Murphy’s Law was also nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award in the same year.

Tamara performs regularly with many leading contemporary jazz and pop musicians in Australia. Her performance and recording credits include: Allan Browne, Andrea Keller, Stephen Magnusson, George Coleman Jr., Grace Knight, Bernie McGann, Joe Chindamo, Martin Martini, Lanie Lane, Lady Rizo (US), Ben Caplan (CA), Sarah McKenzie, Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Gil Askey, David Rex, Julien Wilson, Sandy Evans, Jamie Oehlers, Nina Ferro, the Cam McAllister Quintet, the Fran Swinn Trio, Carl Risely, The Choir of Hard Knocks and The Australian Pops Orchestra along with many others. She has also toured internationally in New York, the UK, Europe and Asia.


Stephen Magnusson is considered one of Australia’s most accomplished, versatile and distinct musicians with incredible technique and an astoundingly beautiful tone. His hectic schedule shows that he is a delight to work with and someone that has ‘something to say’ in the world of improvised music.

He was given his first ukulele at 3, his first guitar at 6 and began performing at 10 on an electric guitar that he loaned from his schoolteacher. At 13, he started to study under the guidance of Gordon Pendleton at the Box Hill Tafe and discovered the world of improvised music.

 In 1986, he studied at the esteemed Victorian College of the Arts under the supervision of some of Australia’s finest musicians – Tony Gould, Bob Sedergreen and Mike Doyle. Here he expanded his practice regime and playing. He joined various bands playing numerous styles and developed an understanding of different methods. But, his main focus remained, to develop and hone the craft of mastering the guitar.

He travelled to Europe and lived there and after being appointed on the staff at The Academy of Contemporary Music (Zurich) in 1997, Stephen met his long time collaborator – Sergio Beresovsky. They began to perform regularly with Swedish bassist – Bjorn Meyer and in the July of the same year, Australian saxophonist Julien Wilson travelled to meet and play with the trio. After the first week of playing, they formed SNAG and produced a self-titled album (released in Australia ‘Hey Guess What’).

After 3 years of living in Zurich, Stephen returned to Melbourne in August 2000. He entered the National Jazz Award at Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, were he tied for first place amongst much controversy. At this festival he performed with his trio featuring Sergio and Eugene Ball. This recorded result is captured on the CD ‘Healing Songs’.

He has worked with many artists including Charlie Haden, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ricki Lee Jones, Sinead O’Connor, John Cale, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Paul Grabowsky, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Lisa Young, Christine Sullivan, Michelle Nicole, Martin Breeze, The Assumptions Trio, Megan Washington, Paul Kelly, Jim Black, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Enrico Rava, Arthur Blythe and many others. As a part of the Katie Noonan trio Elixir, the ensemble won the ARIA for Best Jazz Album in 2011.

In 2013, Stephen was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Outstanding Musician, and the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album with his quartet MAGNET (with Carl Pannuzzo, Eugene Ball and Sergio Beresovsky).

Stephen is currently concentrating on writing for his duo Boundaries with Frank DiSario, and trio MAG featuring DiSario and Dave Beck. He will also be completing the second release from MAGNET, SOM.




Presented by the City of Melbourne and supported in collaboraation with Whitelion Social enterprise

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Library at The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, VIC 3008

Friday, 9 February 2018 from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm (AEDT)

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