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Jazz clubs

Melbourne is a city for jazz fans with a range of intimate laneway venues offering music four, five and sometimes seven nights a week. Whether it's bebop, big band, fusion or sultry soloists, you'll be surprised by the diversity of music on offer.

Find out who's on and where by checking the local papers and the free street press or by contacting the venues direct.

Make a night of it and head out to one of the jazz clubs listed below.

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Jazz clubs

The Jazzlab

<p>Michael Tortoni (former Bennetts Lane) has a new jazz venue, and it's just what you'd expect. Good bar, great musicians, and just the right amount of seats and tables. It's all about the music.</p> <p>27 Leslie St, Brunswick</p>

Lido Jazz Room

<p>Inspired by the iconic Manhattan jazz bars of the 1980s, the Lido Jazz Room has live music every Friday and Saturday, just downstairs from the popular Hawthorn cinema.</p> <p>675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn</p>

Bennetts Lane

<p>Set in a back alleyway, the tiny but eminent Bennetts Lane oozes mystique and has been venue of choice for jazz aficionados for more than 20 years. Get there early to enjoy the best Australian and international guests.</p> <p>25 Bennetts Lane (off Little Lonsdale Street), Melbourne</p>


<p>Join the jazz crowd to see local and international acts at this stylish jazz club in Richmond. They're serious about their jazz here and pride themselves on nurturing up and coming talent. They put on a good dinner too. </p> <p>368 Bridge Road, Richmond</p>

Ruby's Music Room

<p>Wander past the eclectic window display featuring Cubano dolls, New Orleans memorabilia and miniature pianos to find the bright yellow entrance to Ruby's. Listen out for jazz, classical and alternative gigs at this intimate acoustic venue. </p> <p>Closed 23 April, 2017 for relocation. Check the website for latest news.</p>

Uptown Jazz Cafe

<p>Get your uptown tunes on Brunswick Street. Proud to represent the Melbourne sound, Uptown Jazz Cafe offers up its stage to local residencies as well as touring jazz performers and improvisation artists. Fuel your gig with Tokyo-style snacks. </p> <p>Upstairs 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy</p>

Bird's Basement

<p>Melbourne's own off-shoot of NYC's hallowed Birdland jazz club, this purpose-built basement venue stages two shows every night and plays host to local legends and some of the biggest names in the jazz world. </p> <p>11 Singers Lane, Melbourne</p>

Paris Cat

<p>Hidden in a basement down a laneway off Little Bourke Street, Paris Cat gives off an intimate, laid back vibe in the style of the 1930s French jazz scene.</p> <p>6 Goldie Place, Melbourne</p>


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