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Red hot jazz, swing and blues.

About Me.

From the roots of jazz to the heart of blues

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


With a love for music steeped in the archives of juke joints, dance halls and old New Orleans, the band is headed up by 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 singer Dennis Duigan. 


This six-piece Brisbane based ensemble also features some of Brisbane’s favourite jazz musicians including Richard Ferrari on trombone, James Visentin on double bass, Jordy Stitt on piano, and 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, and played many festivals, venues, special events and jazz clubs across SEQ.


You'll also find the band's little sister group – Melody Graves Combo performing a mix of MGHR songs, and other early jazz and swing standards.


Band members also head-up or feature in other music projects including The Jazz Hive, Dennis Duigan Music, Meva’s Journal, Evan Trio,  Brunswick Street Parade and Rag Wizard.

Upcoming shows

Jumpers & Jazz in July


Sunday 28 July

Warwick, QLD

9.45am Town Hall

12.15pm Rotunda, Leslie Park 

2.15pm Criterion Hotel

Crown Hotel

Melody Graves Quartet

Sunday 16 June

2pm - 5pm


The Burrow

Melody Graves Quartet

Thursday 6 June            4 August 

6.30pm - 9.30pm

West End

The Bearded Lady


Sunday 26 May, 23 Jun

2pm - 4pm, $10

West End

(Fourth Sunday of the month)


folk club


Tuesday 20 August 

9.15pm New Farm


Show highlights

The band has played many festivals, venues, special events and jazz clubs across SEQ.

Jumpers & Jazz in July Festival 2022 and 2024

The GAS vintage music festival 2022 and 2024

JMI Live (Jazz Music Institute) 2024

Maleny Music Festival 2023

Triffid Roots Festival 2023

Newstead Festival 2023

Cooly Rocks Festival 2023

Sunshine Coast Jazz Club 2023

The Triffid (Garden Sunday sessions), 2019 - 2023

Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club 2022

Brisbane Jazz Club 2021

Lord Mayor's Concerts, Brisbane City Hall 2021

Doo-Bop Bar 2019 to present

Sunday Social, Roma St Parklands 2021

City Sounds, Queen Street Mall 2019, 2021

Lefty's Old Time Music Hall 2019


0414 375 422




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