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This Month

22, 23, 24 & 25 March

If you love the Stones, like I do, and if you love jazz, you must almost cry for joy over The Rolling Stones Project

Albare & Urbanity 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.

27 March

Every Monday. This week Rusty Berther, Simon Taylor & Damian Callinan

28 March

Yvette Johansson is one of Melbourne’s most respected and endearing vocalists. Her vocal abilities are renowned and her stage presence leaves audiences in raptures.

29 March

“Michelle is a singer born to sing, born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music.” - Kurt Elling

"Kimba’s fine tone and phrasing take us down new pathways, creating intimate settings that captivate" - Leon Gettler, The Age

Channeling of the energy and spirit of Nina Simone, this show is not to be missed.

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Next Month

1 & 2 April

If it’s a jazz standard, you will hear elements of Nina & Sarah without ever compromising her own individuality. When it’s her own material, you hear finely structured songs that are soulful gems.

Every Monday. This week features Simon Palomares of "Acropolis Now" and "Wogs out of Work" fame.

4 April

Joe Chindamo presents Paradiso- an exciting and passionate excursion into the world of classic cinema.

6, 7, 8 & 9 April

A Tribute to the Larry Coryell, by his own band led by his son Julian.

10 April

Every Monday. Features radio television and journalist comedy all stars. Best seen live on the boards, anything could happen.

A contemporary mix of sound elements that find his influences in Weather Report, Return to Forever & Herbie Hancock, Phil’s virtuosic playing is inspiring, often breath-taking, always magnetic.

12 April

Sarah Maclaine delights listeners with her rich, velvety voice, it's beautiful tone and fantastic vocal range. She moves with ease from pop to jazz, blues to r&b, disco to Latin. You name it, she does it! Everything from The Beatles to Beyoncé, Ella Fitzgerald to Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson to Michael Bublé!

13 April

One of Australia's most accomplished and internationally recognised jazz artists, Dale was a member of legendary American groups The Cedar Walton Quartet, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, two of the greatest training grounds for young musicians in jazz history.

Albare & Urbanity 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.

17 & 18 April

Vince Sorrenti A Rare Treat is an up close stand-up show like no other, with an Australian comedy icon.

19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 April

After tearing the roof off Bird’s Basement out front of fDeluxe in October last year St Paul returns with the Minneapolis Funk All-Stars to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of Prince's passing on April 22, 2016.

24 April

Every Monday. Not to miss. Colin Lane ( Lano and Woodley) goes solo as host to Cj Fortuna and the most lovable George Kapiniaris of Acropolis Now fame. Settle in for some great all round stand- up and musical entertainment.

Albare & Urbanity 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.

Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repertoire, 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!

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May

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

One of the most dynamic voices on the creative music scene, known for her invigorating and combustible live performances, compelling and revealingly honest song writing and impeccable instrument.

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

Academy Award nominee Adrian Belew was the frontman, singer, co-writer and guitarist for progressive rock powerhouse King Crimson. He also played with David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads.

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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.