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VENUE 505 @ 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills (Corner of Cleveland and Perry St)


Doors open at 6pm Monday to Saturday

 

All performances start approximately 8.30pm unless otherwise indicated

 

505 does NOT take table reservations

 

Pre-sale tickets are unreserved seating. Pre-sales close at 4pm on the day of the event

 

Tickets may be bought at the door subject to availability. Please note we do not refund or exchange tickets.


For non-ticketed events simply come on the night, doors open at  6pm Monday-Saturday tickets available at the bar from 6pm

Our 2015 Membership pack has arrived. Sign up and find out more here.

Venue Info

We thank the team at KAWAI for their ongoing support and our beautiful piano!

SOME EXTRA SPECIAL SHOWS


Wednesday 6 May - Joseph Tawadros Album Launch!!!

‘Truth Seekers, Lovers & Warriors’

$40/$35 BOOK NOW

 

Triple-ARIA-winning Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros releases his hotly anticipated new album on ABC Music: Truth Seekers, Lovers & Warriors.

 

Wednesday 3 June  - ERIC HARLANDS ‘VOYAGER’

$42/$37 BOOK NOW

Two separately sold shows at 8pm and 10pm

 


Multi-Grammy Nominated Drummer, Eric Harland is a profoundly deep musician and drumming virtuoso.  One of those rare musicians who rewrites the history books of style and technique. Taylor Eigsti (piano) , Julian Lage (guitar), Walter Smith lll (saxophone) and Harish Raghavan (bass)

 

APRIL 2015

Monday 20 April - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 21 April - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 22 April - Walmart, “Drumming Bonanza” feat. Ben Vanderwal & Giorgio Rojas BOOK NOW

Thursday 23 April - Martinez Akustica BOOK NOW

Friday 24 April - Feel Good Friday Jazz Session Free Entry

Saturday 25 April - ANZAC DAY (CLOSED)

Monday 27 April - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 28 April - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 29 April - Brokebeat Mountain + GeeOhDee

Thursday 30 April - Dr Kong & the Stem Cells + Oven Fresh Beats BOOK NOW

 


APRIL 2015

 

Monday 20 April - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night

Free Entry

 

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.

Tuesday 21 April - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 22 April - Walmart “Drumming Bonanza” feat. Ben Vanderwal & Giorgio Rojas

$15 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

Walmart is the mash up of improvised music and intense percussion.

Featuring Sydney percussion master Giorgio Rojas and Perth based drummer Ben Vanderwal, it is a mix of Jazz and all things rhythmic. Drum and percussion driven improvisations combining Latin, Dub, Afro-Beat, World Music always served up with drums galore. Walmart also featuring Cameron Undy on Bass and Mike Rivett on Saxophones.

 

Giorgio Rojas was born in Peru and began playing when he was 3 years old. He is a master of the Cajon and a dazzling exponent of the congas and bongos.

He has been globetrotting since 2008 with the touring dance show “Burn the Floor”, playing drums/percussion and also being the musical director for the show.

He also has played with Karl Perazo (Santana's percussionist) Carlos Caro, Sandi Perez, Fausto Cuevas (Steve wonder, Jennifer Lopez percussionist)and cuba’s drumming super star demagogue - Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito).

Giorgio plays drum kit, Cajon, timbales, Congas, bongos, tambora, Brazilian percussion and everything else.

Ben Vanderwal is one Australia’s most in demand drummers. Recently featured in the national magazine “Drum Scene”, he has played with John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, Howard Levey, Tim Minchin, Madeleine Peyroux, Guthrie Govan, Gilad Hexelman, James Morrison, Chris Potter, George Garzone, Kate Ceberano, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts and Lionel Rose. He has performed around the world including tours of the U.K., France, Ireland, India the U.S.A., China, Korea, Taiwan, Phillipines. Japan, New Zealand, New Caledonie, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Thailand.

These two gents work together in a frantic, energy filled and physic fashion, conjuring up intense waves of drumming voodoo.

Thursday 23 April - Martinez Akustica

$20/$15 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

"Martinez Akustica only Sydney Show"

“Victor Martinez is one of the greatest Avant Garde guitarists ever” Victor, Andro and Dauno are father and sons. Victor, an extremely accomplished composer, teacher and leader in his field, Born in Chile they all play six string acoustic and electric guitar, bass and also use their instruments as percussion and vocal beat box. One minute they play in unison, the next in harmony, then across and against each other, it is calm then chaotic, beautiful then forceful. It is difficult to fully describe them until you’ve heard them. The interplay and understanding that flows through them is inspiring, endearing and infectious. Anyone! Or anyone who plays a guitar, anyone who aspires to playing guitar, anyone who enjoys listening to guitar must see these incredible players. We have a special show prepared for you at 505 the whole martinez family will be on stage including Fenix Martinez on Keyboards and Banel Martinez on Guitar.

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Friday 24 April - Feel Good Friday Jazz Session

Free Entry

 

 

Occasionally on a Friday night we throw a party to show you all what being a Jazz bar is about. Great Jazz music, a warm and relaxed atmosphere, a comprehensive bar menu and an uber tasty and affordable food offering.

So come down and check it out with a smoking live band and old vinyl records playing all night. And it’s free entry!

Matt Keegan - Saxophone

Greg Coffin - Piano

Cameron Undy - Bass

Nic Cecire - Drums

Saturday 25 April - ANZAC DAY CLOSED

 

Monday 27 April - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night

Free Entry

 

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.

Tuesday 28 April - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

 

Wednesday 29 April - Brokebeat Mountain + GeeOhDee

$10

 

 

Brokebeat Mountain are one of Sydney’s most exciting bands.  A trio of composers and risk-takers, this leaderless group will take you on a journey of sound inspired by the Detroit underground, Berghain, and Brian Eno. Concise song writing coupled with extend periods of improvisation let Clark, Meredith and Bruce freely explore the extremities of their electroacoustic environment.

Brendan Clark – Bass, Synthesizer

Andrew Bruce – Synthesizer

Nick Meredith – Drums, Synthesizer

 

 

The GeeOhDee sound draws on classic jazz and soul, 90s boombap and modern electronica. It's gritty, minimal, necksnapping instrumental Hiphop in its rawest form.

Their first Beattape 'NoWon' has been garnering much attention, getting spins on Triple Js Hiphop show & FBI, while the trio having been working on new material set for release on Romantic Records later in the year.

 

Thursday 30 April - Dr Kong & the Stem Cells + Oven Fresh Beats

$10 BOOK NOW

 

Melodious horns, cool flute, slappin' bass, kickin' percussion, lickin' guitar and space-age keyboards - sounds like there's a Dr Kong in the house! This mainly instrumental eight-piece funk machine, trapped in our time after an unfortunate temporal mishap, has been laying down its rich textures and high-energy melodic groves along its path to achieve the ultimate "Funk"; and is now bringing its infectious rhythms and 24th Century wisdom along with the cutting edge sound of "Oven Fresh Beats" - a Jazz/hip hop fusion outfit, to bring you an urgent message: 'Dance to save the World – Get Down on the Funk!' Colourful timbres, original sounds and ideas and tight execution make this a night you don't want to miss. Satisfying to both head and foot. Viva la Kong!

Dr Kong & the Stem Cells

Oven Fresh Beats

 

 

 

MAY 2015

Friday 1 May - Lyre Byrdland + Project Collective Ska BOOK NOW

Saturday 2 May - Sirens BOOK NOW

Monday 4 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 5 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 6 May - Joseph Tawadros Album Launch!!! ‘Truth Seekers, Lovers & Warriors’ BOOK NOW

Thursday 7 May - Judy Bailey Quintet ‘On Your Request’ BOOK NOW

Friday 8 May - Professor Groove and the Booty Affair BOOK NOW

Saturday 9 May - NUYORICA - Malo Malo + Roots BOOK NOW

Monday 11 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 12 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 13 May - Galapagos Duck   BOOK NOW

Thursday 14 May - Arabesk BOOK NOW

Friday 15 May - Sonido de Los Andes & Pato Lara BOOK NOW

Saturday 16 May - Emma Pask BOOK NOW

Monday 18 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 19 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 20 May - Greg Coffin Trio BOOK NOW

Thursday 21 May - Liz Stringer and Lucie Thorne $17+B.F. for presale

Friday 22 May - Martha Marlow BOOK NOW

Saturday 23 May - Lionel Cole and the Family Business BOOK NOW

Monday 25 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 26 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 27 May - Roscoe James Irwin 'The Wild' Launch

Thursday 28 May - Abi Tucker & Julian Curwin ‘The Falling Seeds’ Album Launch BOOK NOW

Friday 29 & Saturday 30  May - Bandaluzia Flamenco with internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer PEPA MOLINA (Spain) BOOK NOW

 

 

 

MAY 2015

Friday 1 May - Lyre Byrdland + Project Collective Ska

$12 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

9 piece Reggae/Dub/Afro collective from Sydney. Fusing the organic and electronic, the juggernaut moves through light and dark, soft and loud, revealing the nine musicians' different backgrounds. The band explores global beats, grooves from Africa, Jamaica and Latin America, with one intention: to get you moving!

Saturday 2 May - Sirens

$20 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

17-piece Sirens Big Band return to the 505 stage to present their brand of exciting danceable big band music – jazz melded with Middle Eastern, Latin and African grooves. The band will present music born from their recent collaborations with Sandy Evans and Mohamed Youssef. Led by bassist Jessica Dunn, the ensemble also features Ellen Kirkwood (JRMA winner, Captain Kirkwood, Mister Ott, Fat Yahoozah), Lauren Benson (That Red Head), and Milan Ring (Milan, Spit Syndicate, Alphamamma).

With five years under their belts, they’ve performed at many major festivals across Australia including Sydney Festival (2011, 2012), Parramasala, Brisbane Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival, Canberra’s Capital Jazz Project and SIMA International Women’s Jazz Festival. Sirens have been a part of the prestigious Bundanon Trust residency program and have released their debut album, Kali and the Time of Change, to critical acclaim.

“The Sirens are… all-funky and all-embracing in their influences… It is a combination you won’t get anywhere else and they are one of Sydney’s – if not Australia’s – treasures” John Hardaker – AustralianJazz.net

Saxophones – Rebecca Grubb (lead), Melissa Mony, Ruth Wells, Harrison Harding, Phillipa Murphy-Haste
Trombones – Rose Foster (lead), Emma Riley (trombone/congas), Rosie Woods, Rosie Marks-Smith (bass bone)
Trumpets – Claire Hollander (lead), Ellen Kirkwood, Lisa Gori, Heather Prowse
Rhythm Section – Jessica Dunn (bass), Milan Ring (guitar/vocals), Emma-Grace Stephenson (piano), Lauren Benson (drums/vocals)

Monday 4 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night

Free Entry

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.


Tuesday 5 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 6 May - Tawadros Album Launch ‘Truth Seekers, Lovers & Warriors’

$40/$35 http://www.trybooking.com/HLEZ

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

Triple-ARIA-winning Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros releases his hotly anticipated new album on ABC Music: Truth Seekers, Lovers & Warriors.

Continuing his characteristic style of creating new and unusual musical soundworlds with the Oud, this album features superlative guest musicians from across the musical spectrum: James Crabb on accordion, James Greening on trombone, Matt McMahon on piano, and Joseph’s long-standing collaborator and brother James Tawadros on the req and bendir.

The title of the album is taken from the American novelist Hunter S. Thompson: “Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget that you come from a long line of Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors”.

All 20 tracks are composed by Joseph Tawadros but each one draws on the imagination of the instrumentalists involved. As Tawadros himself puts it: “Music should be composed as a platform to excel, shine and enjoy the experience of music making, albeit with some twists and turns.”

“Expectations were realised far beyond what I had first envisaged (although on paper it is hard to imagine any coherency with an instrumental combination like Oud, Trombone, Accordion, Piano and Req in one room) but I believe it really does work, and work well.”

“But it’s not about the instruments themselves. It’s about the players who bring these objects to life and the dedication that shines through their sound. It’s also about how a group of musicians from different backgrounds can work well together, listening carefully to one another, sensitive to the moment and reacting to what’s happening on the fly. It’s courageous decision-making. It’s the skill of being on the same page and the joy of sharing. That’s where the strength of the music lies.”

The Truth Seeker Suite in A stands at the heart of the disc, a dazzling display of texture, colour and impulsive rhythm that interweaves these apparently disparate instruments into a fresh new soundworld. Other highlights of the album include the interplay between the Tawadros brothers and James Crabb (accordion) in Shadow Dance, and the elegiac Three Sketches of Gallipoli.

Thursday 7 May - Judy Bailey ‘On Your Request’

$20 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

Five of Australia`s most distinguished musicians welcome the challenge of presenting a program based entirely on AUDIENCE CHOICE!! Be delighted with hearing your favourite songs that you nominate on the night!! UNMISSABLE!!

James Greening - Trombone

Col Loughnan - Saxophone

Judy Bailey - Piano

Craig Scott - Bass

Tim Firth - Drums

Friday 8 May - Professor Groove and the Booty Affair

$20/$15 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

Professor Groove & The Booty Affair are specialists in Lowdown Streetfunk, Disco and Electro Boogie House Grooves.

“Let me be short and to the point. I BE the funk.”

(Professor Groove)

They’ve got the experience. They’ve got the skillz. They bring the heat.

Professor Groove and The Booty Affair are a phenomenon of the Sydney live music scene. They’ve been rocking the party year after year, a never-ending marathon of freakfunk.

Old school, nu school, whatever school - the Professor is always IN CHARGE of the class.

With an extensive following built up from legendary residencies at Kinselas, The Basement, and The Harbourside Brasserie way back in the day, The Booty Affair are revered for their intensely energetic performances, for their unique sound that is steeped in warm 70’s funk yet sits comfortably on pumping disco-tech dancefloors.

They work the floor live like a DJ, spinning seamlessly from track to track.

Think of a sound that combines Prince, P-Funk, Grandmaster Flash, James Brown and The Chemical Brothers with the unique Philosophunk of the Professor and you’re starting to get there.

Utilising a core collection of Sydney’s FINEST musicians like Terepai Richmond (drums), Josh Beagley (guitar/synths), Michael di Francesco (bass),

Professor Groove and The Booty Affair released their debut album “And So Funketh The Wise Man” in 2001, with now classic tracks like Decks To The Left Of Me and Do Wot I Can, and after a way-too-long break released the Fat Woman EP in 2009, which contains some of the rockingest funk to ever come from a bunch of skinny Australian white boys.

2011 saw the reelase of more new material with the singles “Date Pretty Chinese Girl” and “Love Story (Dang Dang Diggity)” suggesting a new album may be imminent.

Saturday 9 May - NUYORICA - Malo Malo + Roots

$20 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

NUYORICA is back with it's second instalment at 505. Featuring Salsa Orchestra "Malo Malo" and esoteric percussion group "Roots". Joined by Dj Dante Rivera from Tribalismo Radio, the night will showcase outstanding Sydney musicianship and feel-good Latin dance music. Bound to get your weekend off on the good foot!. Expect to hear some classic Latin roots music along with some new and innovative original material. Not to be missed!.

Roots

Roots' is a percussion group performing original compositions based upon the traditions of Latin American folkloric drumming. The show will traverse the many differing colors of Latin American rhythm, presenting them in an original and explosive manner with the use of modern electronics . Raw, energetic, and intricate. Featuring percussionists Giorgio Rojas, Ahyko Akriff, Vincent Sebastian, Luis Robalino, and Dave Rodriguez on guitar.

www.vincentsebastian.com

www.latinjams.net

Malo Malo

Eight-piece salsa band Malo Malo in 2013 bring the classic live New York (Nuyorican) sound, complex, with raw energy and great for dancing. Inspiration for the band came from leader, Danny G Felix’ visits to Colombia, USA and Cuba, including playing in New York with greats such as Jimmy Bosch, Ray de la Paz and Pete Nater. In Sydney, he recruited lead percussionist Dominic Kirk, recently returned from a year in Cuba where he placed second in the prestigious Fiesta del Tambor. Dominic brings to Malo Malo his prodigious talent, fire and a deep understanding of the music.  Hailing from Peru, vocalist Richard Valdez is engaging and energetic and has an authentic salsa singing style reminiscent of the great Fania singers. Bassist Sal “Salsatore” Santoro and percussionist Luis Robalino are two of the most experienced and respected latin musicians in Sydney. The two trombones are also an irreplaceable feature of this music, and Mike Raper and Benn Chapman play brilliantly as a section—complimenting and bouncing off each other. Danny, Dom and Mike had played together previously in Son Veneno.  All members of Malo Malo are professionals of many years experience, with great energy, musicality and a real love for salsa.

Monday 11 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night

Free Entry

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.


Tuesday 12 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

 


Wednesday 13 May - Galapagos Duck

$20 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

The Galapagos Duck is one of the most well known jazz band in Australia and

has been instrumental in putting Australian Jazz on the map  They’ve won national and international awards and played throughout America, Asia and Europe.

With a line up that comprises some of the most accomplished musicians in the country, the band delivers a polished, versatile and energetic performance in any situation.

Drawn from the bands comprehensive repertoire a performance reflects all the many facets that are represented by the word ‘Jazz’. Many genres of music are included but always with a jazz flavour.

New CD ‘The Other Side Of The Mirror’ out now

“They've lost none of their vigour, enthusiasm, dexterity, versatility or skill. In fact, they're probably playing better than ever; which, after 43 years, is saying something!”  Lloyd Bradford Syke in Australian Stage (2012)

John Conley : Basses and Guitar

Willy Qua : Saxes , Flute and Percussion

Rodney Ford : Drums, Percussion and Vocals

Richard Booth : Saxes, Flutes, Percussion and Steel Drum

Wil Sargisson : Keyboard

Thursday 14 May - Arabesk

$15 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

 

One of the most rewarding aspects of living in a multicultural society like Australia is the remarkable diversity of music that we get to hear. African, European, Arabic, Asian, Latin – these are the rhythms and melodies of a vast global symphony that has done so much to enrich our own musical landscape.

Arabesk have adopted these international sounds and moulded them into their own unique style creating a journey of constant discovery that has taken them from the back streets of Eastern Europe to the bustling bazaars of Turkey. Added to this potent worldly brew are a list of influences that include luminaries such as guitarist Django Reinhardt, jazz drummer Elvin Jones, tango master Astor Piazzola and bassist Stanley Clarke.

For those looking to embark on a journey of authentic musical exploration, not contained by any cultural boundary, the intoxicating global grooves of Arabesk are sure to satisfy your soul.

A stunningly talented quartet of musicians that include Veren Grigorov (violin/viola), Rob Shannon (guitar/d’rrbuka), Calvin Welch (drums/percussion) and James Haselwood (Electric/Double Bass).

Friday 15 May - Sonido de Los Andes & Pato Lara

$20 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 


'Sonido de los Andes' was formed in 1977 by a group of young musicians after emigrating from Latin America inspired by the music made from there traditional instruments. Led by young Chilean singer/songwriter Oscar Marin. Over the years, the band has expanded its musical boundaries incorporating folkloric instruments and styles from Uruguayan ‘Candombe’, Venezuelan ‘Joropo’, Mexican ‘Ranchera’, Cuban ‘Son’ and Colombian ‘Cumbia'.

The groups musical influences also include ‘non’ Latin styles and contemporary instruments and through performing and composing together they’ve unearthed a unique sound.

From the haunting sounds of the Andes to the rich rhythms and melodies of Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela, Sonido embrace all of Latin America as one. Playing more than 40 wind, string and percussion instruments there performances are a treasure for the human spirit.

A true journey through the magic of Latin America and beyond.

Recognised internationally they are now led by Oscars sons, Cesar and Steve. ‘Sonido' remains at the forefront of new music and are regarded as one of the chief exponents of Latin American music in the world today.

Cesar Marin- Charango, cuatro, guitar, bass, quena, zamponas, bombo, percussion, vocals.

Steve Marin- Quena, zamponas, bass, bombo, cajon, congas, drums, percussion, lead vocal.

Stephen Aguilera-Mendoza- Lead vocal, guitar, cuatro, charango, zampona, bombo, percussion,

Juan Alvear- Zamponas, quena, moceno, charango, guitar, percussion, vocals

Marco Lopez- Zamponas, quenas, moceno, charango, bombo, percussion, vocals

Enrique Berbis- Lead vocal, guitar, charango, zamponas, bombo, bongo, percussion, vocals

Ricardo Cancino- Electric and acoustic guitars, bass, charango, percussion, vocals

Patricio Lara, is a traveler, from the Latin rhythms of Bolero, Salsa and Cumbia to the grooves of Reggae, Funk and Soul, to Samba, Bossa Nova  an the Rumba. Pato and his band invites every culture to join in celebration and the vibe is certainly contagious.

Saturday 16 May - Emma Pask

$30/$25 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 


Returning to 505 is one of our favourite ladies of song "Emma Pask"

Emma and her swinging trio have been wowing audiences throughout Australia and Overseas for over a decade.

Her talent was first spotted by Multi Instrumentalist James Morrison who says

"Whilst its fashionable to be a Jazz Singer these days .. Emma Pask is the REAL THING"

More recently Emma appeared in series 2 of the TV show "The Voice" Australia.

Her Coach, Ricky Martin, was so impressed with Emma's vocal ability, after she performed

'Mas Que Nada' in both English and Portuguese- he announced to the world that he would like to invite Emma to record with him on his upcoming Brazilian Album.  He believes her voice needs to be heard all around the world.

With so many wonderful things on the horizon for this Jazz Songstress don't hesitate to book your tickets to this gig.

Kevin Hunt - Piano

Phil Stack - Bass

Tim Firth - Drums

Monday 18 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night

Free Entry

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.

 


Tuesday 19 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

 


Wednesday 20 May - Greg Coffin Trio

$15/$10 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 


Exquisite contemporary Jazz pianist Greg Coffin and his trio have made a name for themselves creating sublime original music for the last decade. One of the most distinctive sounds on the scene today, Greg is held in high regard by his peers and these nights are always a favourite at the club

Greg Coffin - Piano

Cameron Undy - Bass

Nic Cecire - Drums

Thursday 21 May - Liz Stringer and Lucie Thorne

$17+B.F. for presale $20 on the door

Tix on the door from 6pm

 

Liz Stringer and Lucie Thorne, two of Australia’s most impressive and respected songwriters, team up for a night of spectacular tunes.


Described as “Australia’s PJ Harvey… possessing the punch of Cat Power and the wise words of Joni Mitchell” (Courier Mail), Lucie Thorne combines spacious, gritty rock n roll and startlingly original dark-folk to deliver her "exquisite miniatures of distilled emotion" (The Canberra Times). Lucie’s new album, ‘Everything Sings Tonight’, is out in June.

 


Since the release of her first album ‘Soon’ in 2006, Liz Stringer has carved out a reputation as a formidable storyteller and performer. Her latest studio album, ‘Warm In The Darkness’, was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and named ‘Album of The Year’ by Brian Wise of RRRfm Melbourne and Rhythms Magazine. Liz’s critically acclaimed live album, ‘Live at the Yarra’, is available now.

Don’t miss what promises to be a captivating night of music from two artists renowned for their intimate and spellbinding live shows.

Friday 22 May - Martha Marlow

$20 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

 


Sydney Singer/Songwriter Martha Marlow grew up in a musical household. Now at just 21, she is already making her mark on the music scene, playing alongside the likes of Katie Noonan, Clare Bowditch, Angie Heart (Frente), Thelma Plum, Thirsty Merc, Matt Corby, and more.

Martha’s pure voice and unique open tunings are the trademarks of her unique sound. Her carefully crafted songwriting shows an undeniable wisdom beyond her years. "Martha Marlow is a raw and untapped talent with songs that surpass most of what we’re introduced to in today’s music" (themusic.com.) Martha's debut EP "These Days" was produced by Stu Hunter (Passenger,Katalyst,Julia Stone,Sia) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Helik Hadar (Joni Mitchell,Tracey Chapman). It features her song ‘Dust' a finalist in last years celebrated Vanda and Young Songwriting competition. ‘These Days’ was also voted one of the top 30 tracks of 2013 by respected Independent music Clauses. Martha’s version of the classic song  "Unchained Melody" was featured in the  final episode of the award winning TV Drama Series 'A Place Called Home'  and made the top 100 Itune downloads. Most recently Martha recorded Randy Newmans 'It feels like Home" for the QANTAS campaign which was met with an overwhelmingly positive response. She was featured in a televised red carpet interview at the 2014 Arias.

"Every now and then, in a male dominated industry and a traditionally male dominated field, one catches up with a female musician who blows ones socks off.. at once new and traditional (think laurel Canyon in 1969). This is a great first release and introduction to her lovely intuitive musical world. Absolutely recommended if you need something effervescent to lift a heavy spirit.’ (Steve Kilbey-The Church)

Martha Marlow is currently working on her next EP and future artistic projects. Her abundant creative musical talent is paralleling a fine Arts degree in painting at the prestigious National Art School in Sydney.

Saturday 23 May - Lionel Cole & The Family Business

$20 BOOK NOW

 

 

Having already lived half a life of incredible music making and with fans all over the globe, Australians are catching up with the obscenely talented Lionel Cole.

Lionel Cole's lifelong involvement with the music industry is characterized by innovation, passion, and diversity. Starting out as a gigging piano bar player in Chicago to later working composing for Hollywood feature films and collaborations with artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Robert Downey Jnr, Joss Stone and Rickie Lee Jones. And most recently Lionel's creativity has been focused in work with longtime writing partner and Grammy award winner, Randy Jackson.

Born to a name synonymous with breaking down a variety of barriers, Lionel has carried on the family tradition and made inroads of his own. Uncle Nat King Cole obliterated the colour line, cousin Natalie defines pop longevity, and Grammy nominated father Freddy proves one is never too old to be an overnight success.

 

Lionel has always figured it's the music that does the work. It's the music that changes hearts, opens minds and makes us feel. Lionel Cole believes in music that moves the listener to feel. He does whatever is conceivable to that end. For him that's what music is about. This is what Lionel is about.

Monday 25 May - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night

Free Entry

 

 

Monday is our weekly Jazz Jam Session with great local players and special guests. Roll that into our games night and it’s a fun and easy way to while away your Monday.

Tuesday 26 May - Old School Funk & Groove Night

Free Entry

 

 

Playing the tunes that shaped modern Funk, Jazz and Soul music. A fast favourite at the club the Old School sessions have a party atmosphere and attract exciting local and touring musicians and DJ’s to the 505.

Wednesday 27 May - Roscoe James Irwin 'The Wild' Launch

Thursday 28 May - Abi Tucker & Julian Curwin ‘The Falling Seeds’ Album Launch

$15 BOOK NOW

Tix on the door from 6pm

The Falling Seeds is a collaboration between Abi Tucker and Julian Curwin. After a chance meeting in an East Sydney pub, the pair started writing together, culminating in a self-recorded album, then mixed by respected singer songwriter and recording engineer Brian Campeau. The album tells something of a fantasy story through its 10 songs, which traverse a variety of genres, helped along by the percussion of Jess Ciampa and the brass of Simon Ferenci.

Abi Tucker is a singer, songwriter, actor and writer who has contributed to various projects in TV, film and stage. Abi has had a career spanning two decades in both music and acting, including the release of two independent records Dreamworld (2003) and One December Moon (2008), roles in The Secret Life Of Us, Wildside, Heartbreak High, The Wog Boy, McLeod’s Daughters, in which some of her songs are featured, and ABC’s Playschool. Abi is currently performing in the Bell Shakespeare production of ‘As You Like It’ at the Sydney Opera House Playhouse.

Julian Curwin is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who works in a number of different and varied projects. He leads The Tango Saloon, a blend of tango with spaghetti western (among other things) – the band has released four albums, the 2006 self-titled debut via US label Ipecac Recordings, followed by Transylvania (2008), Shadows & Fog (2012) and Suspicion (2015). Julian can also be seen playing around town with The Mango Balloon, Baby et Lulu, The Fantastic Terrific Munkle and Darth Vegas.

The debut album for The Falling Seeds is distributed digitally by Xelon Entertainment through label Kellett Street Records.

Friday 29 & Saturday 30  May - Bandaluzia Flamenco

With internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer PEPA MOLINA (Spain)

$30/$25 BOOK NOW

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Acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA nominated guitarist Damian Wright.  Known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity. Highly revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich harmonies of Jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of South America.  An experience that ignites the senses with the grace of Flamenco.

Awarded "The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe" and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014. Headlined The International Gypsy Music Festival, Sydney, The Global Carnival. Featuring Dance Australia Magazine's "Most Outstanding Dancer of 2013" and co- winner of "Best Dance Show" at The Adelaide Fringe 2014 Jessica Statham (flamenco dance).

PEPA MOLINA has danced at the emblematic tablaos (flamenco venues) of Spain including El Café de chinitas, Corral de la Morería, Corral de la Pacheca, La Villa Rosa, Casa Patas, Las Tablas, Las Carboneras  and danced at the Legendary “Blue Note Café”, Tokyo and “El Flamenco” (Tablao) in Osaka, Japan along side Mercedes Ruiz, Andres Peña and Isabel Lopez.

Pepa performed alongside Eva “La Yerbabuena”, “Beatriz Martín” and Manolo Marín as guest choreographer (Bienal of Flamenco in Seville 1996, International music and dance festival, Granada, Tivoli Theate,Barcelona, Alhambra Theatre, Granada etc...).

Pepa has toured nationally and internationally throughout Argentina, Africa, Panamá, Italy, Brazil, Asia. Also with Paco Peña and Los Losadas in “Hampton Court Festival” England and “Alcala” Theatre, Madrid .

In 2004, she forms her own company, “Compañía Pepa Molina”, with the show “De ese arte” and “Flamencamente”, performing at “Lara Theatre” Madrid, “Punto Flamenco”Milan, “Miller´s studio Theatre”Zurich 2005, International Festival of music and dance Granada “La Chumbera” in Granada 2006. “1º Festival Emocion” Birmingham, 1º National Women´s Flamenco Festival Pinto 2007/8, Madrid. Harrogate International Festival 2008, Summer Festival at Aranjuez Bullring Madrid 2008.

“Flamencas por Albeniz” Orchestrated live with the Pan American Symphony orchestra along with La Truco, Maria Juncal and Carmela Greco at Listner Theatre Washington D.C March 2011.

“Bandaluzia is winning high praise for its unique Australian interpretation of the powerful music and dance form….with their thrilling blend of passion and virtuosity”

Gabrielle Wilder , SMH

"Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist...Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own "In Time", and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was fluid and dripping with conviction" - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.

“The opening piece, Oceania (Wright) exemplified how the singings primal rawness contrast with the guitars lyrical refinement, while Statham’s dancing bridged the two, from the graceful elegance of her arm movement to the furious rhythmic precision of her footwork....Hunter gave a rapturous solo introduction to Khyal (Wright) before slipping into another groove with Hauptmann behind another dazzling improvisation by Wright.” John Shand SMH 17/09/12 John Shand

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6 Nights a Week at Venue 505

Kicking off 2015 we are increasing the fun times with:

Monday nights are free entry with our Jazz Jam and Games Night. With live music and board games a plenty. It's boogie woogie with your backgammon.


Come party down for 'Old School' Tuesdays with a live funk and groove band, invited guests jamming and DJ selections of some rare grooves. And it's FREE entry!!!

Wednesdays is a great night for the very best in contemporary Jazz and World music from some seriously world class players. A feast for the senses and especially your ears.

Thursdays will feature some of the new and old faces of 'beat' music reaching into the vaults of Reggae, Afro-Beat, Funk, Jazz and more. Free entry to 505 members!

Fridays are a night to unwind for the week with a blend of some high class and fun acts that range from Swing, Gypsy, Worls, Soul, Funk and more.

Saturdays are our concert series and a perfect night to sit back and let your ears be trated to the most inspiring vocalists and instrumentalists Australia has to offer.

Love Roots, Groove, Funk and Jazz music? Tuesdays are all about it with free entry a lounge atmosphere, live funk trio and resident DJ. Check out the new cocktail menu in style and treat yourself to an early week hang. Some of Sydney’s finest muso’s will be dropping by to jam (or just prop up the bar) Cocktail hour from 6-730!

Head here to check out our up-coming gigs.

 

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