When you think of jazz, you think of the jazz scene in New York City or New Orleans. In Europe you think of London, Montreux or Umbria. But when you think of jazz in Australia, it’s not a city or a town that comes to mind, it’s a jazz club – the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club – described by the Lonely Planet travel guide to Australia as “the world’s best jazz club”.
Bennetts Lane was opened in 1992 by Michael Tortoni and it has been the most influential jazz music venue in Australia over the past two decades. To celebrate its coming of age, well-known jazz writer and jazz musician himself, David James, approached Michael to write the Club’s story.
Chapters cover the club’s history, the club’s founder, local musicians who have performed at the Club, the international performers (rock/pop legend Prince has given impromptu performances at Bennetts Lane – twice!) the club’s ties with the city, the media and Melbourne jazz educators. Packed with quotes and anecdotes from jazz greats – the established musicians and the next generation – and illustrated with scores of photos, jazz aficionados and those just discovering the fascinating world of jazz, will find this a compelling read.
About the Author
David James is a journalist, author, accomplished jazz flautist and composer. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne and has a PhD from Monash University in Literature (Shakespeare). David has been a business journalist for 28 years. During much of this time he was also a humorous columnist for BRW magazine. Between 1985 and 1990, he enjoyed indulging this passion for jazz as jazz critic for the Melbourne Herald. He writes jazz reviews for The Age and the Guardian.
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 30th May 2014
Publisher: Major Street Publishing