Baby it was cold outside, but inside Red Bennies the music was hot hot hot! ATM15, Australia’s smoothest 16 piece big band blended sexy soul with dirty bass and silky vocals in a toe tapping affair that had me shedding my winter woolies and hitting the dance floor.
Set against the amber walls of Red Bennies, the circus inspired venue boasts over 100 cocktails on its extensive menu was a welcome escape from the icy wind outside. The art deco design of the bar made me feel I had stumbled upon a 1950’s speakeasy in the heart of cotemporary Prahran. Enchanted by the cocktail lounge that has only been in operation for a year, Red Bennies has quickly become one of Melbourne’s hottest night spots.
ATM15 lived up to the venue’s decadent sexy vibe, creating the perfect ambience for after work drinks or perhaps the warm up to an evening of dancing ‘til dawn?
After forming in 2009 under the direction of conductor Andrew Murray, ATM15 has been exciting audiences with residencies at the Paris Cat, The Evelyn and Bar 303 in Northcote. Red Bennies was privy to the debut of their new set list inspired by past greats including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince and Ray Charles.
Joined onstage by saxophonists Andrew Brooks, Carlo Barbaro, Tom Duck, Lachlan McLean, trumpet players, Michael Fraser, Paddy McMullin, and Cam McAllister, as well as trombonists, Alistair Parsons, Andrew Hammon, Michael Potts and with Darrin Archer on Rhodes (the electric style piano favored by Stevie Wonder and Portished), and Matt Fagan on guitar, I am thrilled to announce that Melbourne’s jazz scene is alive and kicking… and hotter than ever.
For those who haven’t experienced the driving heat that ATM15 emits, head down to their next gig and forget about winter because cool nights call for hot jazz and that’s exactly what ATM15 deliver.
Venue: Red Bennies | Level 1, 373 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Date: Friday 8 July, 2011