Burn Benefit – A night of hot jazz to raise funds for Wildlife Victoria bushfire relief

[From the Media Release]

There is no way to overstate it. Australia is left reeling from the path of the devastating bushfires.

As the flames continue to devour natural habitats and residential areas, they leave behind broken people and communities struggling to cope.

The nation is mourning the loss of human life, the environmental disaster, the perishment of a harrowing number of animals – current reports speak of half a billion animals dead and whole species gone extinct, their natural habitats destroyed.

It is in times like these, in times of mourning and loss and destruction that we mostly need to look after each other, to have each others back, to help people stand on their feet and resurface.

It is in times like these, when disaster strikes, that communities need to heal, that the social fabric needs to be mended – and it is in times like these that the healing effect of art and music is most needed.

With this in mind, acclaimed singer Fem Belling – one of the finest vocalists of the Melbourne Jazz scene – decided to step up and take a significant initiative, putting together a jazz industry fundraising event for Wildlife Victoria on Monday 20 January 2020 at Transit Rooftop Bar.


A dream team of the vibrant Melbourne Jazz Community responded to her call to arms, donating their time, talent and inspiration to heal the wounds and help Wildlife Victoria in its life-saving work.

The impressive line-up includes local luminaries Nat Bartch, Joe Chindamo, the Commoners, the Jack Earle Trio, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Paul Grabowsky, the Kimba Griffith Septet, John McAll, the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, Melbourne Amplified Strings, Mon & Jelly Roll, Moving Targets, Oscar Neyland, the Kathleen O Halloran Trio, Rico Alma, the Rookies, Rita Satch, the Shuffle Club, the Werewolves, Wilbur Wilde, Chelsea Wilson, Zedsix and a visiting artist from New York – Tim Ries, saxophonist for the Rolling Stones.

This extraordinary roster of jazz legends guarantees that this is going to be an extraordinary night of great music and high spirits, made possible by the generosity of everyone involved – including Transit Rooftop Bar, which hosts the event, donating the venue and all bar profits; Patient Wolf Gin, White Light Vodka, Tromba Tequila, Colonial Brewing and Range Life Wines all donating stock for the night; the Melbourne International Jazz Festival offering a festival pass and a signed Herbie Hancock poster; Clements Curators Melbourne, donating marketing and sponsorship services; Just Gold Digital Agencyoffering pro bono promotion and copywriting services.

All proceeds from the Burn Benefit jazz night will be donated to the Wildlife Victoria bushfire appeal and will be donated to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.

Lets get together and let the music do the healing!

Burn Benefit Jazz Concert

A night of hot jazz to raise funds for Wildlife Victoria bushfire relief