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About Doo-Bop Jazz Bar

Doo-Bop Jazz Bar was opened in June 2017 by Brisbane lawyer and entrepreneur James Stevens, together with sons Oliver and Harry.

As James puts it:

“I’ve loved jazz since my early days at uni, when a goonie or two amongst friends was usually accompanied by Miles, Coltrane or Monk on the turntable. For me, Jazz facilitates conversation, creativity and good times. The courageous improvisation of Jazz musicians helps us all rise above the ever-present danger of mediocrity and uniformity. It’s the music of philosophy, and the tonic of life. Jazz may have been born in New Orleans, but we’re doing our best to ensure it’s alive and well in Brisbane!”

James Stevens

James Stevens

Why the name?

Doo-Bop is the name of the last studio album recorded by (arguably, if you must) the greatest jazz musician of all time, American trumpeter Miles Davis. Released posthumously in 1992 as a collaboration with hip-hop producer Easy Mo Bee, Doo-Bop was awarded a Grammy and represents the influence that jazz has had on all forms of popular music.

As Easy Mo Bee puts it:

A little taste of be-bop sound with the backdrop of doo-wop and this is why we call it the doo-bop.

Got it? Good!

History of 101 Edward Street

Formerly the Youngs Building, 101 Edward Street is now home to the Doo-Bop Jazz Bar. Constructed in 1910, the warehouse precinct that takes in the whole block between Charlotte and Mary Streets was originally developed by Horace Edwin Broughton Young and Charles Ernest Young, then subdivided in 1923.

As a Federation-era warehouse, the building features many early 20th century characteristics such as unrendered brickwork, large wooden beams and fine detailing.

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