Melbourne is a city for jazz fans with a range of intimate laneway venues offering music four, five and sometimes seven nights a week. Whether it's bebop, big band, fusion or sultry soloists, you'll be surprised by the diversity of music on offer.
Find out who's on and where by checking the local papers and the free street press or by contacting the venues direct.
Make a night of it and head out to one of the jazz clubs listed below.
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
Set in a back alleyway, the tiny but eminent Bennetts Lane oozes mystique and has been venue of choice for jazz aficionados for more than 20 years. Get there early to enjoy the best Australian and international guests.
25 Bennetts Lane (off Little Lonsdale Street), Melbourne
Join the jazz crowd to see local and international acts at this stylish jazz club in Richmond. They're serious about their jazz here and pride themselves on nurturing up and coming talent. They put on a good dinner too.
381 Burnley Street, Richmond
During January and February the Melbourne Zoo has an extremely popular Zoo Twilights season of open-air jazz sessions. Enjoy big-band tunes, jazz, Latin and a variety of other toe-tapping styles.
Elliott Avenue, Parkville
Hidden in a basement down a laneway off Little Bourke Street, Paris Cat gives off an intimate, laid back vibe in the style of the 1930s French jazz scene.
Goldie Place, Melbourne
Ruby's Music Room
Wander past the eclectic window display featuring Cubano dolls, New Orleans memorabilia and miniature pianos to find the bright yellow entrance to Ruby's. Listen out for jazz, classical and alternative gigs at this intimate acoustic venue.
132 Little Lonsdale Street (corner Bennetts Lane), Melbourne
The Night Cat
Filled with a vibrant atmosphere, homely couches and deep red wallpaper, the Night Cat features a mixture of live acid jazz and soft vocals with a pianist. Mix with elegant silhouettes sipping martinis and the young and trendy set.
141 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Uptown Jazz Cafe
Get your uptown tunes on Brunswick Street. Proud to represent the Melbourne sound, Uptown Jazz Cafe offers up its stage to local residencies as well as touring jazz performers and improvisation artists. Fuel your gig with Tokyo-style snacks.
Upstairs 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy