Melbourne jazz musician and entrepreneur Albert Dadon will launch his new venue Bird’s Basement named after Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker.
Ravi Coltrane, the son of John Coltrane, will be the first artist to appear at Bird’s Basement. The opening month will feature jazz great Lee Ritenour as well as a feast of local talent including Joe Camilleri, Wendy Matthews, Mick Nock and Joe Chindamo, and of course, his jazz alter-ego Abare with the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op.
Dadon’s new venue will open on March 1. The club will feature two shows a night at 6pm and then 9:30pm.
Albert Dadon is the founder and chairman of the Australia Jazz Bell Awards and was also the Festival Director for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival from 2001-2009. ““I hope to create a permanent Music Festival in the heart of Melbourne,” he said in a statement.
The first month of entertainment will be:
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Ravi Coltrane (son of John Coltrane)
March 8, 15, 20, 29 – Melbourne Jazz Co-Op
March 9 – John Montesante Quintet
March 10 – Chris McNulty Quintet
March 11 – Joe Chindamo The Romantic Project
March 12 – Wendy Matthews
March 13 – The Urban Grooves Quartet
March 14 – Phil Turcio’s Grooves
March 16 – The Young’Uns
March 17 – Jaaleekaay – Gambia + Australia
March 18 – The Brat Pack
March 19 – The Black Sorrows
March 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 – Lee Ritenour
March 30 – Mick Nock
March 31 – Helly Kate Quintet
Bird’s Basement is at 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne.
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