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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