"Music to me is like breathing. I don't get tired of breathing. I don't get tired of music."
- Ray Charles
We intend to create an environment that supports both emerging and established artists, while contributing to Sydney’s night-time culture and economy.
THE BACK STORY
Bleecker Street is the main nightclub district of Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan, New York City. It was once the epicentre of American Bohemia and the testing ground for jazz musicians wanting to ‘make it’.
Over time, you could hardly set foot in any of the lively watering holes and coffee houses without spotting local artists like Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol… musicians from Cole Porter to Lou Reed… or literary icons like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Borroughs, the founding fathers of the Beat Generation, propping up the bar at the White Horse Tavern or Caffè Reggio.
Everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Bob Dylan lived in The Village. John Belushi lived at 376 Bleecker Street in the ‘70s. Dylan, Hendrix and Springsteen regularly played Café Wha at the beginning of their careers.
Though ‘The Village’ has changed over the years, much remains the same… like set lengths, drink minimums and the apparent majority view that Jazz sounds best in New York City, one floor below street level. And one Jazz rule remains immutable: before musicians can reach those grand uptown theatres or the big festival stages, they must first make it in the clubs of New York City. They are still the proving ground… and it’s been that way since the 1920s.
Jazz Village founder, Heather Cardin, grew up in New York. A musician herself, in her teens she’d sneak out of her home on Wednesday nights and head to Bleecker Street to listen to new talent. Now living in Sydney (Manly), her aim is to recreate this sense of discovery here, while connecting communities through music. By attracting talent of all ages to come and indulge in community bliss, we intend to create an environment that supports both emerging and established artists, while contributing to Sydney’s night-time culture and economy.
Music is the great human connector. It’s the soundtrack to our lives. Listening to great music played live enables you to step back from the dramas of everyday life and into an intoxicating world that has the ability to remove all your worries, at least for a while. Jazz Village was born on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. It brings this shared experience to towns, cities and suburbs looking to revitalise their night-time culture and economy… and represents the talent who can help do that.