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This Month

24 April

Monday night Comedy At Bird’s with MC Colin Lane, George Kapiniaris and CJ Fortuna. Book now for the best seats!

Two music icons team up for a special one-off event. Together and individually they will be supported by Alyce’s amazing band, The Fish-Shop Collective.

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

Regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo, their passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions & commissions.

29 April

After a completely sold-out show last December Soul Cupcake are back at Bird’s Basement!

Melbourne virtuoso Sergio Ercole presents a stunning Latin guitar landscape featuring classical and flamenco-infused original guitar works by Sergio.

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Bob Downe, the cheesy, safari-suit-wearing lounge singer with dazzling teeth! Book now for the best seats!

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 May

With her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, Avery*Sunshine is known for her invigorating live performances and revealingly honest songwriting.

Led by celebrated New York drummer Joe Farnsworth, the quartet features the cream of Australian jazz. Book now to see one of the world's top drummers!

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.

Now in their 15th year, the Australian Jazz Bell Awards celebrate excellence in the performance, creativity, and recording of Jazz in Australia. Open to the public.

16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 May

The powerhouse vocalist in Prince's band The New Power Generation (NPG).

24 May

"A fabulous performer with a knockout voice!" — Tony Bennett

With an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it, her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace.

Journey through the greatest rock anthems of all time by bands such as Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Queen and more!

27 May

Hard on the heels of their sell-out ‘Queens of Soul’ show at Bird's Basement, this legendary band now returns to present its unmatched ‘60s-70s Soul Extravaganza’.

From the satirical and tongue-in-cheek to the heart-achingly tender, the music of Simon and Garfunkel forms the inspiration for ‘Feelin' Groovy: The Simon & Garfunkel Project'.

30, 31 May, 1, 2, 3 & 4 June

"Who does Miles Davies, Herbie Hancock, Wille Nelson and Warren Waynes have all have in common? Bill Evans, that's who!"

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June

30, 31 May, 1, 2, 3 & 4 June

"Who does Miles Davies, Herbie Hancock, Wille Nelson and Warren Waynes have all have in common? Bill Evans, that's who!"

6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 June

Line up: Billy Harper, tenor sax, Eddie Henderson, tp, David Weiss, tp, George Cables, p, Cecil McBee, b, Billy Hart, dr. Enough said!

13, 14 & 15 June

The frontman, singer, co-writer & guitarist for King Crimson. Also played with David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads.

20, 21, 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.

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July

1 July

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

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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.