Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, located in the quintessential setting of a dead-end Melbourne laneway, is a jazz music venue dedicated to promoting and developing live jazz as an art form. Since opening in November 1992, the club has served as one of Australia’s most important stages for world-class international and national jazz musicians who perform at Bennetts Lane every night. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club has been dubbed by Lonely Planet as “the world’s best jazz club” and was also featured in Downbeat Magazine’s 150 Great Jazz Venues list.
It’s been over 20 years, since Michael Tortoni – former rock n’ roll bassist and current Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival – opened the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. Since the beginning, Tortoni’s intention was to provide musicians in Melbourne with a central purpose-built room, in which they could develop their craft and find their audience. Little did Tortoni know, that his dream venue would quickly surpass expectations! In fact, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club was forced to open more nights, due to the number of musicians who wanted to perform and the number of patrons interested in hearing them. Bennetts Lane Jazz Club’s original room has unique natural acoustics and has hosted shows by numerous prominent performers like Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Prince, Paul Grabowsky and Maceo Parker.
An Additional Room for More Live Jazz (and Fun)
In 2000, Michael Tortoni opened the “Jazz Lab” an additional room for live music at the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club. During the years, several artists like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling and Brad Mehldau have given outstanding performances at the Jazz Lab.
The hard-working Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, with its busy 7-nights a week schedule, has also been dedicated to presenting Australian performers and it has been home to internationally acclaimed artists like Allan Browne, Tony Gould, Vince Jones and Katie Noonan, among others. Bennetts Lane also hosts presentations from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (to read more about the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival click here) and other important happenings organized in Melbourne throughout the year.
Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is a critically acclaimed jazz venue. Lonely Planed dubbed it as “the world’s best jazz club”, it was awarded the “Best Australian Jazz Club” award every time the category ran in the Australian Bells Awards and was included in Downbeat Magazine’s 150 Great Jazz Venues list. Incredible live music every night, a sophisticated bar that, in addition to drinks serves various light snacks including focaccia, cheese platters, chips, dip plates and chocolate, and a unique passion for jazz make Bennetts Lane Jazz Club a premier jazz club, not only in Australia, but in the whole world.
Bennetts Lane also serves as cultural spotlight and has an important role in supporting aspiring and emerging talents. It’s not rare, for example, that Bennetts Lane hosts performances and graduation recitals that feature both small bands and large ensembles from private and public secondary schools to the country’s best conservatories and universities, as well as masterclasses, workshops and education seminars.
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is much more than a mere jazz venue… is one of Melbourne’s top cultural landmarks!
The schedule of the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club can be found here
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
25 Bennetts Lane