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This Month

22, 23, 24 & 25 June

Bird’s Basement is thrilled to host T.S. Monk: jazz drummer, composer, bandleader and son of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, performing the 100th birthday tribute to his father.

See local and international stars gather on the Bird’s Basement stage to converse in the sweet language of Jazz!

Join Joe and Olivia Chindamo in a rare appearance together as they play homage to The Great American Songbook, merging the traditions of the jazz genre and the freedom of contemporary improvisation.

28 June

Sarah’s rich, velvety voice never fails to thrill. Having worked with some of Australia's finest entertainers such as Peter Cupples (Stylus), Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock), and Lisa Edwards (John Farnham).

Don't miss one of the most creative and original jazz voices this country has ever produced.

30 June

After two full houses, they’re back! Featuring energetic, highly complex and funky arrangements that blow audiences away and get everyone on their feet.

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Next Month

1 July

SECOND SHOW ON SALE! Karise Eden's voice can move a nation! See the winner of The Voice (2012) live at Bird's Basement.

Jackie Bornstein, one of Melbourne's most captivating jazz singers, brings her rich vocals to express the power of jazz as a force for justice from the 1930’s to the present day.

For one night only, vocalist Olivia Chindamo and trumpeter Dane Laboyrie celebrate the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, and the one and only Satchmo, Louis Armstrong.

A jazz improvisation workshop with Olivia Chindamo & Dane Laboyrie (price includes 1 free ticket to evening show and meal).

5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 July

She joined Prince's New Power Generation as a singer/guitarist. "We knew she'd be leading her own revolution soon," said Prince. Indeed, that soon is now.

11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 July

Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown is widely regarded as the Premier Female Saxophonist in the UK.

Embracing the lyrical & romantic aspects of Thelonious Monk’s music through a quintessentially European interpretation.

19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 July

In addition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5’s multiplatinum Overexposed and V, Morton has written and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and Jazmine Sullivan to Monica and India.Arie, winning a GRAMMY® for collaborating with the latter in 2008.

All star band with special guests Deborah Conway, Husky, Troy McMillin, Janine Maunder, Paul Williamson

27 July

ARIA Hall of Fame and The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame member, the consummate entertainer still transfixes audiences with the power of her music and voice. Not to be missed.

The Dao of Dylan: Well-known chapters from the 'Book of Bob' re-interpreted, weaving comic strands between the Nobel prizewinner's lyrics and the grand themes of life, the universe and almost everything.

Singer Wojciech Myrczek and pianist Pawel Tomaszewski engage in a musical dialogue which ranges from the wildly ambitious to the crazily improvisatory, yet always adding a touch of humour.

Their new release Urban Soul, will take you on a journey to the moon & back. You can expect a smooth ride as you're in experienced hands.

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August

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 August

Only 200 all-month passes available for our August Latin Jazz Month Festival!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 August

His 14 recordings as a soloist, 4 Latin Grammy nominations, 1 Grammy nomination and 1 Latin Grammy Award are testament to his rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound.

9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 August

“Vinicius Cantuaria is the doyen of Brazilian singer-songwriters. If more people covered his songs, we’d be talking about him as the new Tom Jobim.” — The Guardian

15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 August

Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy winner Gaby Moreno's latest album Ilusión received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.

22, 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 August

“A percussionist with a genuine gift for piercing melody and provocative harmony” — Jazztimes Magazine

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September

After his incredible performance of new single ‘If They Only Knew’ on The Voice Australia, Alfie Arcuri plays Bird’s Basement!

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October

Radiosuccessi will intrigue you with tunes by iconic ladies of Italian music plus gems performed by goddesses such as Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida.

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November

14, 15 & 16 November

Jon Cleary brings a piece of New Orleans, a Grammy winning new album and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen to Bird’s!

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Melbourne skyline from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

The Jazz Corner of the World
now includes Melbourne

Birdland New York is the original club of Charlie Parker. The club has been the home of the most famous musicians since 1949. As Allan Morrison, the long-time editor of Ebony once put it, “Birdland was both a cultural vantage point and a barometer of trends where all the big names in jazz performed.” The club closed down in 1965 and having reopened it’s doors in 1986 and it has since regained its place as the jazz corner of the world. After 32 years of operations, for the first time Birdland extends it’s banner outside New York in the form of Bird’s Basement in Melbourne. Melbourne is very proud to be the host of Bird’s legacy. Bird’s Basement promises to be stage of past, present and future legends.