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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!

VERY SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY

Wednesday 1 April - Joseph Tawadros Quartet

$35/$30 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm


Double ARIA Award winning Oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros is back for another amazing night of exciting original music, most notably from his recent album "Permission to Evaporate" which he recorded with his trio and featuring Jazz legends Christian McBride and Mike Stern.

Monday 30 March - 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 31 March - Old School Funk and 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.

 

APRIL

Wednesday 1 April - Joseph Tawadros Quartet BOOK NOW

Thursday 2 April - Tina Harrod BOOK NOW

Friday 3 April - GOOD FRIDAY CLOSED

Saturday 4 April - EASTER CLOSED

Monday 6 April - EASTER MONDAY CLOSED

Tuesday 7 April - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 8 April - Adrian Cunningham Quartet BOOK NOW

Thursday 9 April - Thirsty Thursday Jazz Special with The Abstract Brotherhood Free Entry

Friday 10 April - Mister Ott + The Vampires BOOK NOW

Saturday 11 April - 20th Century Dog + Danaîdes BOOK NOW

Monday 13 April - Jazz Jam Session and Games Night Free Entry

Tuesday 14 April - Old School Funk & Groove Night Free Entry

Wednesday 15 April - Michael Griffin Sextet Album Launch BOOK NOW

Thursday 16 April - Darryl Beaton & the D1 Cartel BOOK NOW

Friday 17 April - Billie McCarthy Band & Alice Terry BOOK NOW

Saturday 18 April - Sun Rai ft. Ben Vanderwal - ‘Limousine’ EP Launch BOOK NOW

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

 

APRIL 2015

Wednesday 1 April - Joseph Tawadros Quartet

$35/$30 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm


Double ARIA Award winning Oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros is back for another amazing night of exciting original music, most notably from his recent album "Permission to Evaporate" which he recorded with his trio and featuring Jazz legends Christian McBride and Mike Stern.

The Tawadros brothers are from a musical family and were brought up in environment which encouraged music and individuality. They are recognised worldwide and have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues with celebrated artists such as Zakir Hussain, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sultan Khan and Camerata Salzburg to name a few. They have been ARIA nominated a record 11 times, winning consecutively for Concerto of The Greater Sea and for Chameleons of the White Shadow in 2012 and 2013.

Rounding out the Quartet is Matt McMahon, one Australia's finest Jazz Pianists and Karl Dunnicliff, a double bassist of the highest calibre. Together they perform Tawadros’ Middle Eastern flavoured compositions which constantly push the boundaries of melody and metre and are a rare combination of highly emotional music intertwined with boundless energy. True musicianship of the highest degree.

Joseph Tawadros (Oud)

Matt McMahon (Piano)

Karl Dunnicliff (Double Bass)

James Tawadros (Egyptian Percussion)

Thursday 2 April - Tina Harrod

$20 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

Tina Harrod & her all star quartet are back at 505 to explore more of where they left off before Tina recorded her last album ’The Revolution is Eternal’ where she experimented with a more electronic sound..  expect Bob Dylan, Nick Drake & Nina Simone & Tina’s own originals delivered by some of Australia’s greatest musicians..

…” What a woman – what an upright, down-home, open mouthed powerhouse of a triple A rated instrument she has at her disposal. It’s the voice of a sinning angel, & in her company we were drawn to a black heaven..”     Craig N. Pearce  –  Drum Media

Jonathan Zwartz bass, Matt McMahon piano, Hamish Stuart drums.

 

Friday 3 April - GOOD FRIDAY CLOSED

Saturday 4 April - EASTER CLOSED

 

Monday 6 April - EASTER MONDAY CLOSED

Tuesday 7 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 8 April - Adrian Cunningham Quartet

$25 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

"The Down Under Sax Star” (The Wall St Journal)

"Adrian Cunningham’s clarinet playing saved the day for me.” (The Star, Johannesburg)

"One of the unexpected joys of the album is the rich, woody clarinet of Cunningham"

Hot House Magazine, New York (Wycliffe Gordon CD review)

New York based Aussie multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham returns home for a brief visit and will join his long time quartet to play their only Sydney show for the year.

This group was formed in 2004 and in that time recorded four albums and a live DVD and played many of the country's biggest festivals.

Having relocated to NYC in 2008, Adrian is fast becoming one of the busiest reed players on the scene, with regular appearances at Birdland, Fat Cat, Dizzy's (Lincoln Centre), as well as Blue Note, Apollo Theatre and 55 bar.

Adrian is a regular member of the Wycliffe Gordon quintet, and recently joined grammy-winning band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks.

He returns to Venue 505 with his long time colleagues Gordon Rytmeister- Drums, Bill Risby- piano, Dave Pudney bass.

Thursday 9 April - Thirsty Thursday Jazz Special with ‘The Abstract Brotherhood’

Free Entry

 

 

Come down this Thursday and you’ll be treated to a night of fantastic jazz on us.

These musical brothers take classic tunes from the Jazz and Pop world and abstract a new sound for your ears with an emphasis on modern grooves.

Calling on the considerable talents of local luminaries Karl Laskowski (sax) Greg Coffin (keys) Cameron Undy (bass) and the legendary Andrew Gander (drums).

Any thoughts of lingerie wearing, Polish geese in a graveyard should be dispelled before entering this Thirsty Thursday Jazz Special.

Friday 10 April - Mister Ott + The Vampires

$15 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

This Ethiopian flavoured funk outfit launch their new album ‘Drop it Like it’s Ott’ Fronted by acclaimed saxophonist Matthew Ottignon, Mister Ott, brings together some of Sydney’s finest musical talent in an Ethiopian flavoured musical excursion combining eastern sounds and hypnotic dance rhythms with groove-heavy funk.

Featuring Matt’s powerful baritone saxophone and trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, the new album features original music using ancient Ethiopian scales, heavy Hip Hop beats and 70’s style funk drenched in the keyboard sounds of Daniel Pliner’s organ and clavinet. The heavy rhythm section includes bassist Eden Ottignon, guitarist Ben Panucci and drummer Dan Kennedy.

The album follows the resurgence in Ethio-funk from the popular Ethiopiques series in films such as Broken Flowers (2005) and sampling by Hip Hop-Reggae collaboration Nas and Damien Marley. Inspired by Matt Ottignon’s tour to Ethiopia with iconic world music export Dereb the Ambassador, Drop it Like it’s Ott is a high calibre instrumental album that crosses world music with jazz, funk and Ethiopian music.

The Vampires are no strangers to Venue 505, having played at the venue since the early days in Hibernian House. Since 2008 the band has released four albums and toured relentlessly in Australia and recently to Germany. The music builds on the rich history of piano-less jazz quartets with a unique twist, adopting Reggae, Balkan, Afrobeat and Latin rhythms in unexpected ways. Last chance to catch them before their European tour!

‘…A dubby fanfare from Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett and we are off into the new Vampires album, Tiro – into that unique Vampires place where Ornette Coleman jams at Black Ark, while New York traffic snarls by outside and Bondi surf laps at our (tapping) toes…. Overall Tiro is more blues, more downbeat and definitely more truly beautiful than Garfish. It is a leap, horizontally and vertically, from that 2012 album. The band and the compositions widening and deepening as any great band does as it evolves. - Australian jazz

Jeremy Rose – alto/tenor saxophone + clarinet

Nick Garbett – trumpet

Jonathan Zwartz – bass

Alex Masso – drums and cajon

 

Saturday 11 April - 20th Century Dog + Danaîdes

$15 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

Two bands that have made there mark performing cutting edge music for over a decade.

Jazzified Afro and Broke Beat Funk. ‘The Dog’ has taken the cross genre ball and run with it since band leader and bassist Cameron Undy started the group last century. Drawing from Jazz, Afro-Beat and 20th Century Classical music with influences as wide ranging as Miles Davis, Fela-Kuti, Bela Bartok, Ornette Coleman, Gyorgy Ligeti and Thomas Mapfumo.

There studio album ‘Mad Stream’ was described as “Something approaching improvised perfection.” (SMH) Live there is something even more expansive and energetic about this band. The rare blend of odd time danceable grooves and singable melodies is infectious.

check it out here https://soundcloud.com/cameron-undy

Jeremy Rose - Saxophone

Greg Coffin - Keys

Ben Hauptmann - Guitar

Cameron Undy - Bass

Jamie Cameron - Drums

Ben Kidson - Congas

 


Danaïdes (aka The Alcohotlicks) will be warming up the evening with their new sounds, informed by the pop world, electronic music and Hip Hop. Banging beats, triggered drums, loads of wild guitar sounds but most of all the rockin’ good time that this band is renowned for.

BandCamp http://thealcohotlicks.bandcamp.com/album/danaides

Evan Mannell - Drums Acoustic and Eclectric

Aaron Flower - Guitars

Ben Hauptmann - Guitars

 

Monday 13 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 14 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 15 April - Michael Griffin Sextet Album Launch

$15/$10 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

This young musician has been making waves around the globe having embraced the Jazz tradition and mastered the craft of the alto saxophone. He’s turned heads  and ears with a virtuosic style hailing directly form the masters, CharlieParker and Cannonball Adderley.

Showcasing his Debut Album "Unexpected Greeting" that was recorded and released by ABC. You’ll hear some of his best work performed by the same great cast from the album. Don't miss this extraordinary night of music!

"He was a gracious host on the microphone and his playing was full of fire and rooted in the modern jazz(bebop) tradition and certainly had you wanting more!" James Carter (USA)

"Michael Griffin has his feet firmly rooted in tradition and his ear leaning towards the future." Vincent Herring (USA)

Featuring

Michael Griffin- Alto Saxophone

Dane Laboyrie- Trumpet

Chris Long- Piano

Noel Mason- Bass

Tim Geldens- Drums

Briana Cowlishaw- Vocals

Thursday 16 April - Darryl Beaton & the D1 Cartel

$15 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 


Dynamic and deliciously diverse, Darryl Beaton and the D1 Cartel is more than just a band, they’re an aural adventure. A fusion of intense musical genius and powerful poetry, this troupe delivers an eclectic sound, unsurpassed in artistry and musicianship – with buckets of soul.

These guys have exhilarated audiences across the globe with there Australian “World Funk”. Audiences are masterfully guided on a journey through limitless genres and provocative storytelling. A delicate balance of virtuosity and lyrical finesse Darryl Beaton & the D1 Cartel provide for the body, the heart and the head…

Friday 17 April - Billie McCarthy Band & Alice Terry

$20 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm



Billie: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Alice: Hit it.

Its been a while between drinks for Billie McCarthy and her band. Now for the first time since her debut album launch last year Billie has wrangled her favourite musicians into the same room together. We are putting the band back together!!!

Supported by the incredible Alice Terry.

‘Billie McCarthy is the real deal…she takes you away with her and you're very willing to go’  - Jenny Morris

‘I love what Billie does’ -Jill Scott

Saturday 18 April - Sun Rai ft. Ben Vanderwal - ‘Limousine’ EP Launch

$20 BOOK NOW Tix on the door from 6pm

 

Sun Rai is Rai Thistlethwayte’s Jazz/Soul/Pop solo project - as featured on L.A. blog 'Filter Magazine.' After sold out shows in ‘14 at Sydney Fringe Festival, Jazz Upstairs in Brisbane, and Perth Int'l Jazz Fest, Rai and drum-gun Ben Vanderwal are hitting the road in April to launch ‘LIMOUSINE’ - the duo's sophomore EP. Spontaneous and nimble, audiences can expect some serious musical telepathy, within the oh-so-groovy framework of Rai's jazz infused vocals, Ben’s intricate beats, and how could we forget, the MOOG - for that left hand synth bass action!

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.

https://www.facebook.com/MartinezAkustica

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.

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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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