Jazz Harbingers

Hard Bop Band

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The Jazz Harbingers Quintet:

The Jazz Harbingers at The Fyrefly in Nov 2019 The Jazz Harbingers is a Melbourne-based hardbop band inspired by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Drawing heavily on influences from albums like Moanin', Indestructible, Free For All, and the Big Beat, the band seeks to capture the energy of the Jazz Messengers and convey its old school sensibilities to the Melbourne scene.

While the Jazz Harbingers often include originals and other tunes outside Blakey's multigenerational all-star band, they are always excited to revisit the iconic Messenger tunes like Moanin', Free For All and the Drum Thunder Suite.

The Jazz Harbingers at Paris Cat Jazz Club in Feb 2020

Hard bop is a subgenre of jazz that is an extension of bebop (or "bop") music. In the mid-1950s, the term was used to describe a new current within jazz that incorporated influences from blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel music. Hard bop melodies tend to be simpler and more "soulful", and can be considered the bop of the 50's and 60's.

You may wonder what our name means. Harbinger is defined as: "something that announces or signals the approach of another." So we are bringers of Jazz, but also imparting the music of the original Messengers of Jazz."

The Jazz Harbingers Quintet at The Jazz Lab in 2018

The current members of our band include:

Justin Foster: Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Li: Trumpet
Luke Drohan: Piano
Jonah Grant: Double Bass
Benedict Saputra: Drums.

Punters have recently seen The Jazz Harbingers perform at well-know venus such as Paris Cat Jazz Club, Uptown Jazz Cafe, and Firefly.

If you would like to share in the hardbop music we love, book us for your club or venue!


You can also vist: Jazz Harbingers' SoundCloud Channel Playlist 


You can also vist: Jazz Harbingers' YouTube Channel Playlist 

"Just By Myself" - by Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers, performed by The Jazz Harbingers Quintet at The Fyrefly - November 29, 2019

"Shibuya Crossing Blues" - an original composition by Benedict Julian Saputra, performed at The Fyrefly - November 29, 2019

"Bye George" - by Michael Brecker, performed at the Uptown Jazz Cafe - June 2019 (as a Quartet)

"Shibuya Crossing Blues" - an original composition by Benedict Julian Saputra, performed at the Uptown Jazz Cafe - June 2019

"Yesterdays" - by Jerome Kern, performed at The Jazz Lab - October 2018

"Tour de Force" - by Dizzy Gillespie, performed at The Jazz Lab - October 2018

Please note: A decision on future gigs will be taken into consideration with any developments in the COVID-19 situation.

Upcoming Gigs:

You can also vist: Jazz Harbingers' Facebook Page 

Line-up for the night:

Justin Foster: Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Li: Trumpet
Luke Drohan: Piano
Jonah Grant: Double Bass
TBA: Drums (replacing Benedict Saputra)

Click here for Jazz Harbingers facebook event details. [ Coming Soon ]

For a night featuring timeless tunes and beloved albums, be sure to catch them at the Paris Cat Jazz Club!

"We've tried to take a fresh approach and will be playing a set of really exciting tunes from some of our favourite Jazz Messenger albums."

"We can't wait to show you what we'll be opening with!"

Paris Cat Jazz Club:

The Paris Cat Jazz Club is Melbourne's finest dedicated live jazz venue. We are committed to featuring the City's best jazz and are always on a pursuit to discover the next generation of Australian Jazz artists.

This unique venue has been at the forefront of Live Jazz in Melbourne for over 13 years now and has become a respected Live Jazz institution making it a vital part of Melbourne's Arts culture. It truly is a unique and intimate venue and was chosen by the Age magazine as one of the cities must see venues.

It has featured numerous international and local acts over this time and has become a must see attraction for jazz music lovers. The three-story warehouse built in 1895 hosts two live jazz performance rooms and a Gallery tapas bar. The ultimate ambiance is reminiscent of the French post war Bee-Bop era and the club offers guests a beautiful setting and listening experience.

The Iconic basement room has hosted some incredible gigs over the years. Voted by 'The Age' as one of five must see Melbourne venues. Don Burrows, The Aaron Goldburg Trio [NY], The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and in 2014 Robbie Williams and his bigband have all performed unforgettable shows. Bob Dylan was also seen enjoying the underground music room. This is a truly unique music room and well worth a visit.

Click here for Our Paris Cat's gig details

. [ Coming Soon ]
Thursday, May 28, 2020

6 Goldie Place, Melbourne

Doors open: 8:00pm (Bar Food Available)

Show: 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Ticket Prices:
(booking fee is additional)

The Paris Cat offers guests a Tapas bar menu. A selection of delicious finger food items are available. The perfect way to enjoy some nice wine, food and cool jazz. A fine wine selection is available along with Cocktails, Martinis, Local and imported beers, Premium spirits.

Getting There:
PARKING: Car parks are situated on Queen and Lonsdale street at a flat rate of $8 for the evening. Please make sure you check closing times as you do not want to be coming back the next day. You can also try your luck with street parking as it is free after 7-30pm.

TRAIN & TRAM services: Spencer St, Flinders St and Melbourne Central Stations are all within walking distance. Trams run down Elizebeth St to Lt Bourke St from Flinders St Station and down Bourke St to Queen St from Spencer St Station. Visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au for timetable information.

TAXI: Ask the driver to take you to Queen and Lt Bourke, walk down towards Elizabeth st and Goldie Place is the first on the left.
Silver Top 131 008 or
Melbourne Cabs 1300 635 222

Paris Cat Jazz Club:

February 6, 2020 - 8:30pm

6 Goldie Place, Melbourne

Event has already occurred


Uptown Jazz Cafe:

December 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

177 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Event has already occurred



November 29, 2019 - 8:30pm

34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

Event has already occurred


Promotional Material:

Venues - click on the link for your gig

Press Kit for: Paris Cat Jazz Club: May 28 gig

Some Miscellaneous Live Performance Pics: