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“Everything you want a jazz club to be” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Ellington Jazz Club

The Ellington Jazz Club
191 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia 6929, Australia
(08) 9228 1088
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Ranked #40 of 130 things to do in Perth
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“Everything you want a jazz club to be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The problem: Jazz is meant to be played in small, intimate venues. However, the small, intimate venues do not have the cash to book the great acts, to buy good pianos and maintain them, and set up the sound so that the great musicians sound good. So you end up going to concert halls to hear the greats, and the sound is good but there is something so wrong about hearing jazz in a concert hall with an assigned seat.

I have only had two perfect jazz club experiences. The Village Vanguard offers the great music in the classic venue. And now, here is the Ellington Club. The Ellington Club has a nine-foot concert grand, a beautiful house drum kit made my Gretsch, dry white wine that will knock your socks off, and patrons that are truly there to hear the music (although they seem not to have gotten the memo about clapping after solos). I heard a South African vocalist and here WAAPA-trained pickup band and they were fantastic. What a perfect experiences.

Visited November 2012
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“Been a few times.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Have been a few times...... 2nd was a complete disaster.. several squawking office workers/none music lovers ruined it for all........ last wednesday wanted to see a particular group of musicians. was somewhat reluctant due to past experiences, but bit the bullet...changed "rules"...... stunning show.... enjoyed by all.. very attentive staff.. thoroughly enjoyable evening.... will be back for sure!

Visited August 2012
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“Stylish venue for jazz lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

Check the schedule because artists run the full spectrum from acid to traditional, from trios to big bands and from youth to acclaimed.

The performance space downstairs is intimate. I recommend getting a table.

Bar and upstairs loung areas are great.

You also never know who will be there. Visiting artists often drop in after their gigs.

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“Great music. Pleasant venue. Food is a bit pricey.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I like going to the Ellington, and I would love to go more often. The programming of live jazz is diverse and careful. It's just the right size that it feels intimate, but not too cramped.

The drinks are Perth prices - which is a pain, but you get used to it. I have found the food a little mingy. Spending too much money for too little sustenance is irritating - even though the quality is pretty good.

Well worth a look!

Visited October 2011
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“A truly magical evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

I live pretty close to this little gem and have been meaning to go for ages... Something always comes up.
Two nights ago a friend organised a girl's night and three of us headed into Ellington's for what turned into a special evening.
The atmosphere is warm, welcoming, intimate and ... happy!
Even with the upbeat vibe, though, you can hear a pin drop when each act comes on stage. The rule is, no chatting while the music plays. I have never been in such a respectful, delightedly excited, but still quiet, audience in all my life. It was exquisite.
The music on the night in question was beautiful. Three local acts, and each of them managed to bring tears of joy to my eyes at least twice each. I'm not normally soppy, and looking around, I was not alone :)
The cocktails were sublime, and the service was perfect.
This could go on forever, but all the superlatives would make you ill!
I can't wait to go back soon, and to take my partner along for a romantic night of fine music, fabulous cocktails and maybe even some dancing.
If you haven't been yet - go soon.

Visited February 2012
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