Artist-run Venue 505 has been operating from its Cleveland Street base since 2011. Cameron Undy and Kerri Glasscock are passionately committed to providing a home for the Sydney arts community. The vibe is relaxed and down-home, with live music six nights a week and free entry most evenings. You can catch some of the best local and international artists in this room. Snacks and boozy are kept simple; pizza, pasta and a great whisky and cocktail selection and reasonable prices.
This year, the prestigious Downbeat magazine’s Great Jazz Venue guide names only five Australian venues in its international awards, but the good news is three of these places are in Sydney: Foundry 616, Sound Lounge and Venue 505. So is jazz thriving? Let’s be honest here, Sydney’s live music scene has taken a massive hit since the lockout laws and through ongoing construction in the city, but somehow, the tenacity and resourcefulness of those in the jazz scene means that there are places to do some serious listening. Take heart that jazz lovers are a resilient lot, so the syncopated beat goes on.
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