Melody Graves and the Hokum Redemption – 21/03/24

Since forming in 2018, Melody Graves and the Hokum Redemption has been serving up their own style of hot jazz, swing and prohibition blues renowned for their energetic live shows and soulful performances.

With a love for music steeped in the archives of juke joints, dance halls and old New Orleans, the band is headed up by jazz vocalist and washboard player Paula Hackney (a.k.a. Melody Graves). The bonus of Melody Graves and the Hokum Redemption is you get not one, but two lead vocalists with Paula joined by the warm velvety tones of fellow vocalist Dennis Duigan.

This six-piece band also features Richard Ferrari on trombone, and JMI alumni James Visentin on double bass, Jordy Stitt on piano, joined by the talented Evan J Evans on drums; with Dennis Duigan also on guitar and mandolin. The band has held a long-standing residency at West End’s favourite music venue – The Bearded Lady; played at many festivals, venues, and jazz clubs across SEQ.

Their first show at JMI Live will be a performance not to be missed!

Paula Hackney – vocals and washboard
Dennis Duigan – vocals, mandolin, guitar
Jordy Stitt – piano
Richard Ferarri – trombone
James Visentin – double bass
Evan J Evans – drums


Thursday 21st March 2024
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
Doors from 7:30PM
Music starts on the downbeat of 8PM
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to JMI Live being an intimate space, we have a maximum number of guests allowed in the venue. We highly recommend it is best to get in early before tickets sell out.

What is JMI Live?

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm and a jam session after each gig. JMI Live is renowned for its intimate setting, providing the best opportunity to listen to live jazz in Brisbane. Just like a jazz club in New York, this venue is the ideal location for great jazz music, acoustics and atmosphere.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills.

Live streaming

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Ticket Refund Policy

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are unable to attend after having purchased a ticket, please contact the JMI office (07 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible during business hours (10AM-4PM) to let us know you won’t be able to attend. A full refund will be given if we are contacted prior to a performance. Refunds will not be processed if we are contacted after the gig.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills. View on Google Maps.

Watch Live

All JMI Live concerts are live-streamed to JMI’s YouTube channel for free.


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