LET THERE BE JAZZ  InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto Hotel at 495 Collins Street is presenting live jazz in the intimate and luxurious surrounds of their stylish Market Lane Bar, named for the original cobble stoned laneway separating the two buildings which comprise the hotel. The sophisticated and elegant environment will feature James Morrison, one of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, who has performed in some of the world’s most famous jazz clubs such as London’s Ronnie Scotts and the Village Vanguard in New York.

James will be performing three shows during 2012, the first on Friday 16 March to coincide with the Australian Grand Prix. The Second show on Friday 8 June will be performed during The Melbourne Jazz Festival, running from 1-10 June with the final show on Friday November 9 to be held during Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. During the year James Morrison will also mentor and support emerging jazz talent through an accompanying series of Market Lane Bar performances. With all this happening, you don’t need an excuse to head south.

Last time I visited Melbourne to see the Titanic Exhibition, I spent several nights at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, in one of their Club Floor rooms.  The hotel provided such a pleasant and comfortable environment during my stay, I was wishing I could extend my time in this fabulous city.  Sandra T.



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