25 May, 2018
The world of jazz clubs can a little intimidating for newcomers to the genre. It may sometimes seem like there is a silent code of conduct that can make things confusing - but here at JAZZ HQ we have got your back!
Here are some of our top tips and tricks for you to get the most out of your Festival experience.
1. Look sharp - this is jazz! There is no set dress code per se but have some fun with it and make a night of your club show experience.
2. Get to the venue on time - there is usually a door time, meaning that the venue opens the doors between 30 - 60 minutes prior to the scheduled time of the show you are seeing. Door times are advertised on our website and promotional material. It's always good to get there early, find a good seat, grab a drink and settle in. Club shows at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) start on time so don't be tardy and miss your jazz idol.
3. Have proof of your ticket for swift access into the club - you will need to provide proof of ticket purchase at the door so don't be a line dag and have your details in order when you arrive. MIJF club shows are all ticketed events but when you are attending a jazz club outside of the Festival period there will still normally be a cover charge. The cost of entry goes to much more than just the show you are seeing, it helps to support local artists to keep performing and to fosters the jazz community in your local community. Remember that MIJF Members can skip the queue at Club Sessions and gain priority entry at The Jazzlab.
4. Keep any talking to murmur during the music and switch your phone to silent or OFF! This is your chance to sit back, let the cares of the outside world disappear, and really immerse yourself in the music so give the incredible artists you are there to see your full attention and we promise you will get some much more out of the performance.
5. Dancing is not usually done - this can seem weird (we know!) but club shows are normally more of a seated affair so just go with the flow and follow what the performers are asking of the audience.
6. Do stick around into the wee hours and see a Late Night Jam. These jam sessions during the Festival are led by local Melbourne act, The Rookies. Late Night Jams are all about losing yourself in the spontaneity and excitement of improvised and unrepeatable sessions, and can often feature a surprise international guest of two!
7. Get out there and just enjoy all that the club show lineups have to offer - enjoy this incredibly diverse and thrilling genre of music and just try it out, we know you'll love it.
Photo > Local artist, Brenton Foster (pianist and composer) will be performing at The Jazzlab on Friday 1 June. Brenton is the 2018 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission and he is presenting the world premiere of Love, As We Know It, developed in collaboration with US poet Christopher Poindexter and performed with some of Melbourne's finest musicians. Discover more here.