This long-established event is held annually between Christmas and New Year. The First Australian Jazz Convention was conceived as a private post-war reunion and four-day jam session where Australian jazz musicians, enthusiasts, wives, girlfriends and friends from Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth gathered in Melbourne on Boxing Day 1946 to play, listen and discuss their music. It was a great success and a repeat event, leading to permanency, was held in 1947. Participating musicians receive no fee and each Convention is organised and run by a local voluntary committee with guidance and assistance from the Convention Trustees and a Steering Committee. The AJC, which is not a festival, has been held without interruption in pre-selected cities and towns in all Australian states since its inception in 1946.
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The 70th Australian Jazz Convention will be held in Ballarat, Victoria from 26 to 31 December 2015.