The Club’s long history and unique location on the banks of the Brisbane River, just across from the City Centre, have made it an iconic venue on the Brisbane entertainment scene. It is fiercely proud of its reputation as a jazz club and as one of Brisbane’s Top Ten live music venues – creating a national and international reputation, far greater than the size of the building would indicate.
Built as a boat club in the 1930s, the clubhouse lies in parkland at Annie Street, Kangaroo Point. On 15 April 1972, two members of the Adventurers Club rowed Lord Mayor Clem Jones across the Brisbane River in a canoe for the opening ceremony. So began the Brisbane Jazz club’s adventurous life. Jazz itself is adventurous music, always seeking and finding new methods of expression.
Celebrating the notability of the Club, the Brisbane City Council has closed off the Jazz Club end of Annie Street, upgraded the car park and created a concrete shared zone, depicting a piano keyboard, right outside the club’s front door.
This small and insignificant venue, home to Brisbane’s jazz-loving community since before the 1974 floods, once again survived the floods in 2011, and now has every reason to celebrate its many years of live Jazz. Following the flood renovations at the club’s 40th Anniversary in 2012, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane conducted a ceremony re-dedicating the club to the art of Jazz.
On Saturday 15th April, 2017, Brisbane Jazz Club celebrates it’s 45th Anniversary.