The universal language of music has the ability to teleport us into realms beyond the physical. It can carry us through a series of emotions and evoke memories once buried in the depths of our mind. The genre of focus in this case are the timeless sounds of jazz, which are brought to you by a peculiar venue which may have slipped under your radar – The Jazz Cellar.
Every Friday night on Buxton Street in Mount Hawthorn a red, vintage telephone booth illuminates. The curious kiosk appears a decorative neighborhood attribute on surface level, however the unsuspecting booth transforms into a secretive entryway to the underground jazz haven come Friday evenings.
Following the downward stairs on arrival, the reverberations of The Jazz Cellar engulf the passageway with voluptuous trumpet and saxophone tones. Once your feet are firmly on the basement floor, the ambiance is amplified with enamel, advertorial wall hangings from the early 1900’s, tables that are crafted from sewing machine bases and Victorian-style chairs which were discovered at various antique auctions – step and sit back in time with easy.
As you absorb the visual complexion of the space, your ears will bask in traditional melodies by the Corner House Jazz Band. Formed in 1980, the band began to play at the Railway Hotel in North Fremantle, and still perform there every Saturday afternoon – needless to say they are seasoned musicians. Expect to hear nostalgic repertoire that includes; New Orleans jazz, Chicago vibrations of the roaring 20’s, Louie Armstrong’s Hot Fives & Sevens, and plenty more delicious numbers.
Another unusual, but very effective characteristic that sets The Jazz Cellar apart is its BYO license. Essentially, you’re able to pack a picnic with your choice of food and drinks, or have pizza delivered right to your table. The Cellar is living in both the past and the future with this ingenious scheme.
The intimate space’s capacity currently sits at 100 people and you can book your table online and pay cash entry upon arrival at the quirky Jazz Cellar. Further, the Cellar is an accessible space, inclusive regardless of the stairs and lowly basement.
Whether you’re planning on gathering company or going it alone – book a spot and get ready for a sensational Friday evening at The Jazz Cellar.