Jazz bars are seeing a massive revival here in Melbourne, with hidden basement venues and laneway finds topping the charts of late-night drinking spots. Bird’s Basement, the latest jazz bar to be announced in Melbourne comes all the way from New York, bringing with it a legacy of talented musicians and all-round good times.
Opening in February 2016 at 350 William Street in Melbourne CBD, Bird's Basement is an incredible new collaboration between famous New York jazz club Birdland, and one of Australia’s own jazz pioneers, Albert Dadon, who founded the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The new venue will bring the unique Birdland vibe to Australia for the very first time in a space that can seat up to 200 eager music fans.
If the name ‘Birdland’ rings a bell, we wouldn’t be surprised. You’ll find the iconic New York club name-checked in beat poet classics such as Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, and the original New York venue has played host to pretty much every name in jazz. Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Miles Davies all had regular stints, and Sinatra was discovered at Birdland, setting some high stakes for the Melbourne club to match.
But it’s not only about the music. Bird’s Basement taps into the traditional ‘dinner and a show’ style of nightclub, where visitors will be treated to incredible Italian cuisine, delicious drinks and table service while top local talent and international stars kick out the jams on a small and intimate stage. Hey, we might not be know-it-all muso’s, but we do know that a feed of gnocchi and prosecco tastes better when it comes with a side of blue-note solos!
Bird's Basement opens in February 2016.
If you’re looking for live jazz venues in Melbourne, check out our round-up of Melbourne's Best Jazz Venues.
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