In October last year, we ran a popular story announcing Melbourne’s newest jazz club, Blue Basement. A new music venue is good news for the city – there’s reason to be excited.
The name has had a slight tweak (it’s now Bird’s Basement, as a nod to its tie with New York’s original and iconic Birdland jazz club), but we’ve got an opening date and a first headliner.
Due to open Tuesday March 1, the Singers Lane venue indicates what calibre of international artists it will host by announcing jazz royalty and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane as its headline act.
Coltrane will perform over six nights until March 6. There will be a dinner show from 6.30pm and a supper show at 9.30pm.
“We didn’t book Ravi just because he’s the son of John,” says Albert Dadon, owner of Bird’s Basement and former artistic director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. “He’s developed and matured his own talent – he has become completely mind boggling and unique.”
As if being the son of legendary musicians John and Alice Coltrane wasn’t enough, Ravi is also the cousin of the cult producer Steven Ellison, aka. Flying Lotus. Ravi has built a solid and eclectic jazz catalogue over two decades.
Across the two nightly shows, the venue will serve food from Beer, Wine & Calzone, a new restaurant opening above Bird’s Basement from March.