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Come and challenge yourself. Come and challenge others. Or just come and tap your foot!

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, she 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.

Come and challenge yourself. Come and challenge others. Or just come and tap your foot!

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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 August

Only 200 passes available for our August Latin Jazz Month Festival (1-27 Aug)!

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.

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Although Joe Chindamo has had a life-long love affair with these songs, he presents an all-Jobim programme for the first time, in what promises to be an affectionate tribute to a master by a master.

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

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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.

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

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

Come and challenge yourself. Come and challenge others. Or just come and tap your foot!

18 students from Monash University who play a wide range of styles from swing to Latin and funk, but their interests collide around Big Band jazz charts.

30 August

Formed in early 2015, the trio performs originals and standards from the American, Cuban and Australian songbooks.

A unique night filled with rare insight — John and Rick will also be signing copies of their book.

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September

1 September

Soul Cupcake on the 1st day of Spring – get your tickets right away!

12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 September

He may bear the name of jazz royalty, but saxophonist Ravi Coltrane blows an original and distinctly modern strain of jazz.

19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 September

DISCOVER: Eric Wyatt. A great talent from the USA - first time in Australia. Jazz lovers, what a treat. Check it now.

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

5 November

JUST ANNOUNCED! Tom Burlinson: "Now We’re Swingin’ ". Tom channels the swingin' greats from Sinatra to Bennett to Nat King Cole to Dino.

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.