March 18 2015
On August 20 2014, the Festival's Artistic Director Michael Tortoni announced that his iconic jazz venue, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, will be closing in mid-June 2015.
"Bennetts has played a unique and vital role in the cultural life of Melbourne, showcasing innovation and passion in jazz and providing a place for music lovers and musicians alike to come together and seek out new experiences," said Michael Tortoni.
"The club sessions at Bennetts are always a special part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the 2015 program will be a celebration of that legacy, giving audiences the opportunity to experience some of the final performances in the space," he said.
Throughout its rich history Bennetts Lane has been a cornerstone of the Australian jazz scene and has hosted performances by Prince, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jnr., Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Brad Mehldau and Herbie Hancock.
The heart of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival for over 15 years, Bennetts Lane has seen the likes of Hiromi, Robert Glasper Experiment, Bernie McGann, Dr Lonnie Smith, David Ades, Chris Dave & the Drumhedz and Allan Browne grace its stages, and has played host to the Festival's inimitable Late Night Jam sessions where Festival goers and artists alike meet, listen and play into the early hours.
We hope you'll join us in 2015 as Bennetts Lane showcases the world's modern masters of jazz for the last time with performances, collaborations and late-night jams every night of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (May 28 – June 7).