JAZZ CLUBS IN AUSTRALIA

Jazz clubs in Australia grew out of the scholarly interest in the music during the early 1930s, when enthusiasts, dance band musicians and record collectors gathered informally to listen to the latest records and discuss the music. Some clubs were formed for listening and discussion only, while others, working in conjunction with radio stations and music magazines, presented live music for both listening and dancing. But all had a similar focus – jazz.

Pre-war clubs included the Sydney Swing Music Club (founded in 1936), 3AW [radio] Swing Club in Melbourne (1937), Melbourne University Rhythm Club (1937), Brisbane Jazz Club (1941), Newcastle Hot Jazz Club (1941) and the Adelaide Jazz Lovers Society (1941).

Post-war clubs included the Uptown Club (Melbourne 1946), Brisbane Hot Jazz Society (1947), Southern Jazz Society (Melbourne 1959-58), Sydney Jazz Club (1953 – present), Melbourne Jazz Club (1958-65), Victorian Jazz Club 1968 – present) and the Southern Jazz Club, Adelaide SA (1971 – present). During the early 1960s in Melbourne, and a new jazz boom, numerous traditional jazz bands operated jazz clubs specifically to attract followers and young dancing fans.

The modern jazz movement also set up similar organisations including the now defunct Modern Music Society (Melbourne 1947), the loosely affiliated Australia-wide Jazz Action Society (Sydney from 1974) and the Sydney Improvised Music Association (from 1984), both of which are still influential and active organisations.

 

Here is a list of Jazz Clubs to be found in each State & Territory of Australia.

 

  • ACT

    The Canberra Jazz Club is a collection of like-minded individuals supporting the local Jazz community in Canberra. The club organises regular Club functions at which musicians shall have the opportunity to play jazz, organise social gatherings for members of the Club and also publish a jazz magazine.


  • New South Wales

    A club that promotes jazz in Bellingen, New South Wales.


    A club that provides up to date information on upcoming gigs and membership of the friendliest Jazz Club on the Central Coast.


    The Dubbo Jazz Club Inc is a non-profit organisation with the objective to advance the performance and appreciation of all forms of jazz in the Dubbo Region.


    Is a social non-profit organisation and its main objectives are to promote the performance and appreciation of all forms of jazz and support local talent and in particular encourage young people to perform, listen to and develop an appreciation of jazz.


    JAZZ Albury Wodonga, formerly The Border Jazz Club, is a non profit organization providing high quality national, international and local jazz performances.


    Newcastle’s home of contemporary jazz, Dungeon Jazz was created in 1997 and became a member’s club in 2012. Dungeon Jazz provides musicians a dedicated performing venue with a club / concert atmosphere focussing on engagement, enjoyment and just jazz.


    Is an artist-led and focused non-profit Association committed to presenting and raising the profile of jazz and improvised music in Sydney through weekly double-bills at Venue 505


    The Kiama Jazz Club has been operating since 1974 and is run by a group of local volunteers, who seek to add to the richness and diversity of the music available to Kiama.


    The Lismore Jazz Club, incorporated in 2004 in time for Lismore’s hosting of the 60th Australian Jazz convention in 2005, continues to host regular jazz concerts and promote jazz within the region.


    The Newcastle and Hunter Jazz Club aims to foster live Jazz music in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley area.


    Meets on the 1st Sunday of each month at the Royal Hotel, Orange.


    The SJC is the third oldest, continually running jazz club in the world and is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of live jazz of the traditional genre.


    The organisation has been a crucial anchor for improvised music in the city, a constant and dynamic presence.


    The mission of Wagga Wagga Jazz Inc is to be an ongoing contributor to the promotion and development of jazz in Australia through presentation, practice and promotion of local, interstate and international exponents of jazz, from the traditional to the contemporary.


  • Queensland

    Since 1972, the Brisbane Jazz Club has provided a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for enjoying the best local and international jazz.


    Promoting jazz in the Cairns district.


    The Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club was founded in 1985 and


    The Gold Coast City Jazz Club is a non profit association covering jazz activities on Queensland’s Gold Coast area.


    The Hervey Bay Jazz Club holds regular monthly jazz nights on the last Friday of each month with visiting artists, bands and local musicians making it a great night out for all ages.


    Jazz Queensland is a peak, non-profit incorporated association, registered through the Queensland Government Office of Fair Trading. Jazz Queensland events provide a forum for innovation and also a platform for presenting national and international artists.


    The NQ Jazz Club continues to support young emerging jazz vocalists and musicians through providing regular opportunities for them to perform at the club and in some instances arranging workshops to enhance their understanding and appreciation of jazz as well as their capacity to deliver a true jazz performance.


    Sunshine Coast Jazz Club Inc. is a not-for-profit jazz club, that provides, internationally acclaimed Jazz showcases for the Jazz fans of the Sunshine Coast at a reasonable cost.


  • South Australia

    Creative Original Music Adelaide is a member-based association created to support emerging and established musicians who write and/or perform quality original music.



    This web site is a voluntary site supporting Jazz in South Australia and also includes Jazz Festivals throughout Australia (where known).


  • Tasmania

    The Hobart Jazz Club was originally formed in the mid 1950’s by a small group of Jazz enthusiasts to promote local jazz musicians and to import mainland bands.




  • Victoria

    The Ballarat Jazz Club is a non profit organisation dedicated to presenting a variety of traditional jazz bands for your enjoyment.


    The Geelong Jazz Club has held continuous and regular jazz gigs in popular venues in & around Geelong for 30 years. It currently organises monthly Jazz at the Vines Road Community Centre, Hamlyn Heights (Geelong)


    Jazz Albury Wodonga, formerly The Border Jazz Club, is a non profit organization providing high quality national, international and local jazz performances.


    The PJC began in November 1978 when a dedicated group of jazz lovers formed into a club devoted to presenting Jazz music on the Mornington Peninsula. Over time our venue has changed and now we are centred north of the Frankston area with more than 300 members.



    The Victorian Jazz Club was established in 1968 to promote jazz and provide a club for musicians to play their own style of music. The Club is a non-profit organization and was incorporated in 1989.


  • Western Australia

    Creative Original Music Adelaide is a member-based association created to support emerging and established musicians who write and/or perform quality original music.


    Jazz Fremantle was formed by a group of jazz lovers, who got together at the Orient Hotel in Fremantle in 1992. Jazz Fremantle has forged strong links with the wider jazz community, with participation in the Fremantle Jazz Festival and concerts at the Fremantle Arts Centre.


    JAZZWA is a non-profit organisation which was established in 1994 for the purposes of promoting and developing Western Australian jazz and jazz musicians statewide, nationally and internationally.


    The Perth Jazz Society was founded in 1973 with an aim to support musicians, enhance the artform and present performances. In September 2008 the Perth Jazz Society celebrated its 35th Anniversary, making it the oldest modern jazz society in Australia.