Jazz Society moves

PERTH Jazz Society’s near 30-year association with the Hyde Park Hotel will come to an end next week after the association says it failed to gain enough security in its tenure. The Hyde Park Hotel, which was bought by Woolworths’ ALH Group last year, came under fire in July when it evicted the Perth Jazz Society and closed its doors to amplified music. However, Perth Jazz Society administrator Eve Arnold said after a public outcry the hotel reversed its decision and the society continued to host its Monday jazz nights. But, Ms Arnold said the society needed more security in its operations and would move its weekly performances to North Perth’s Charles Hotel from October 1. “It is a move that we do not take lightly but we have so many bands lined up, many of them visiting from interstate or overseas, that we needed security in the venue,” Ms Arnold said. The Perth Jazz Society has hosted events at The Hyde Park for the past 27 years. In July, Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale expressed her disappointment with the Hyde Park Hotel’s decision to close its doors to amplified music. “A major retail conglomerate may have purchased the hotel for its liquor outlet, but the heart and soul of the hotel is its long-term standing as a live music venue,” she said. There is wide spread industry speculation that ALH will build a big-box liquor outlet, Dan Murphy’s, on the site. Julie-anne Sprague

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