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Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published December 6th 2016
If I lived in Melbourne I would be there once a week
I am an Adelaide based soul, and every time I go to Melbourne, I preserve one night for Bennett's Lane. Seven days a week great players, not average, but always great Jazz players, turn up and mesmerise.

Bennetts Lane, Andrea Keller, Jazz,Music Venue, Melbourne
Andrea Keller at the keys


Bennett's Lane is my favourite music venue, anywhere. It is the doyen of Jazz houses, some comparing it favourably ahead of the famous Ronnie Scotts in London.

Bennetts Lane, Andrea Keller, Jazz,Music Venue, Melbourne
Bennets Lane Fare
It is an unremarkable room, that fills with people, atmosphere and music around 7:30 each night.

The door charge, this night only $18, goes to the artists. The Gig Guide is an easy read.
Bennetts Lane, Andrea Keller, Jazz,Music Venue, Melbourne
Host Megg at the bar_ are they zombies?


I even sometimes stay over an extra night, just to go to Bennetts Lane.

It closed for a while last year because the owner of the property sold to Apartment developers. Matriarch Megg, though, has ramped it up again, and someone has bought the rights to the Bennets name.

Megg explained to me that the crew and the loyal players and crowd will move in April 2017 to a new facility, in Flinders Lane called Bennetts.

Phew.

On my last visit, the appreciative crowd settles into the magical, mystical piano and vocals of Andrea Keller. Wow. On this night with the understated Steve Magnusson on his Paul Reed Smith guitar, and Danny Fisher on Drums, and occasional other percussives.
Bennetts Lane, Andrea Keller, Jazz,Music Venue, Melbourne
Steve and Danny


The star though was Andrea, crouched over the grand keys, selectively pronouncing the almost dissonant, but never, notes with the timing of a great theatrical thriller.

Andrea was pretty tired having just flown back that day from teaching workshops in Perth, be she didn't show it. Her music, some hers and some others, impressed with zeal, temperament, and class.

The crowd were engaged and neighbourly, I had a nice chat with the host of the Singapore Jazz Club , in town for the week.

Thanks Megg and I hope to see you again before Christmas.
Bennetts Lane, Andrea Keller, Jazz,Music Venue, Melbourne
Grand Piano rules at Bennett's Lane

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Why? Jazz Music Venue
When: 7 Nights a week
Phone: (03) 9663 2856
Where: 23 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000
Cost: $18
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