The Ashley Gaudion Sextet at East Malvern RSL – Wednesday 20th June

Just a reminder that the next  night of live Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2018 at the East Malvern RSL , 1 Stanley Grose Drive , East Malvern 3145 will be next   Wednesday the 20th of June   between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with the Ashley Gaudion Sextet.

Ash will be leading the band on saxes and vocals and will be joined for one night only by five of Australia’s top jazz musicians including Matt Jodrell on trumpet , Mark Fitzgibbon piano , James Sherlock guitar, James Clark bass and Andy Swann drums & vocals.

A great night of  jazz , standards, ballads , rhythm & blues and vocals  for dancers and listeners, not to be missed !   Top quality jazz that will be hot and will swing.

Doors open at 6.00 pm in the Jazz Room for dinner and the music starts at 7.30 pm.

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !

Everybody is  welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members & East Malvern RSL members  – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or 9570 5884 or online at www.vjc.org.au.   

 

Coming up in the next few months at the East Malvern RSL will be :

Wednesday the 18th of July  –  The Louisiana Shakers present a night of down home New Orleans jazz with special guest from Newcastle NSW Eric Gibbons on alto sax & vocals

Thursday the 26th of July – The famous Jazz Piano Lunch – eight of Australia’s top pianists each perform a 20 minute set accompanied by a surprise guest artist. More details of the lineup next month. This is not a VJC event , entry is free & there are no seat bookings – first in , best dressed !

Wednesday the 15th of AugustTwo Swingin’ Pitches –  Anita Harris & Pippa Wilson will present a great night of jazz vocal accompanied by their five piece all star band.

 

 

A Tribute To The Red Onions

The Australian Jazz Museum in association with Jazz Australia will present          A Tribute To The Red Onions featuring Brett Iggulden on trumpet, saxes & vocals, Richard Miller reeds, James McCauley trombone, John Scurry banjo & guitar, Howard Cairns bass & Lyn Wallis drums at the Bentleigh Club, 33 Yawla Street , Bentleigh on Saturday the 14th of July between 5.00 & 8.00 PM.

Concert includes the launch of a new Australian Jazz Museum CD of rare & recently discovered Red Onion tracks from the early years.

Tickets are $65.00 including finger food.

Bookings at Jazz Australia 5258 3936.

All Proceeds to the Australian Jazz Museum.

East Malvern Jazz – May 2018

Just a reminder that the next night of live Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club at the East Malvern RSL ( 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern ) will be on Wednesday the 16th of May between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.
On stage will be Jasper’s Jazz Hounds with special guests from Bellingen NSW Brett Iggulden on trumpet, saxes & vocals and from Newcastle NSW Rachel Hamilton on piano. Led by Jasper ( John Kent ) on drums, the band brings together two old school mates of his with Ray Lewis on trombone and Frank Stewart on reeds along with Kay Stewart on vocals , Tony Orr on banjo & guitar and Peter Grey on bass. At the 71st Australian Jazz Convention at Ballarat this band provided some of the most exciting jazz of that Convention and last September played to a full house of excited jazz lovers at East Malvern RSL so the VJC is very proud to present the band in Melbourne again for one night only with our interstate guests. Seats are still available but bookings are highly recommended.
A night of red hot Dixieland , Jazz classics, Blues & Ballads which will be a special treat for listeners and dancers alike.
You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to join in the fun. Everybody is welcome. For VJC members and East Malvern RSL members entry is $15.00 & for visitors & guests $20.00.
Doors open in the Jazz Room at 6.00 for dinner …music starts at 7.30 pm.
Coming up at East Malvern on Wednesday the 20th of June will be the Ashley Gaudion Sextet featuring Ash Gaudion on saxes & vocals, Matt Jodrell trumpet, Mark Fitzgibbon piano, James Sherlock guitar, James Clark bass and Andy Swann drums & vocals .
Bookings & Enquiries : 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or online at www.vjc.org.au.
The third Jazz Piano lunch will be at East Malvern RSL in the Jazz Room on Thursday the 24th of May between 12.00 midday and 3.00 pm. Performing on piano will be Jo Abbott, Ron Anderson , Phil Carroll, Cathy Connor, Andrew Farrell and Seline Messinis . Special guest accompanist will be Herman Schweiger on bass. Entry is free and no bookings are required. Just come along , take a seat in the Jazz Room , order lunch from the bistro and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the music of some of Australia’s finest pianists. More details : https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com .

Vale J Neville Turner

Melbourne law academic and jazz pianist J.Neville Turner died last Friday after a long illness.  For many years Neville  was an active and respected participant in the Jazz Piano lunches in Melbourne . His funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Church , Doncaster , next Thursday the 3rd of May 2018 at 10.00 am.

Dave Bailey & Gary Walford with the Dixie Heroes at East Malvern RSL next Wednesday the 18th of April

Just a reminder that the next  night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2018 at the East Malvern RSL will be next   Wednesday the 18th of April   between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with Melbourne musicians the Dixie Heroes with special guests Dave Bailey on clarinet and Gary Walford on piano.

The Dixie Heroes are well known musicians Ray Lewis on trombone, Richard Mander bass and     Lynn Wallis drums.

Dave Bailey travelled to Australia from the UK in 1965 and settled in well into the Melbourne jazz scene playing with all the best New Orleans style bands and recording with the Frank Turville band at Tony Standish’s legendary Heritage sessions before becoming a permanent member of the Yarra Yarra Band  and travelling with the band in 1970 for their first European tour. Dave remained in the UK playing clarinet and alto sax with traditional bands including Ken Colyer and touring with American cornet master Wild Bill Davison as well as bands led by drummer John Petters. He has lived in Germany for the last thirty years and is in Melbourne for a short holiday and is playing the one professional engagement next Wednesday for the Victorian Jazz Club.

Joining the band from Sydney on piano is Gary Walford who has been playing with the Geoff Bull Band for close to fifty years as well as leading the Unity Hall Jazz Band for decades.

A great night of  hot jazz , western swing, ballads , rhythm & blues and boogie  for dancers and listeners, not to be missed !

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !

Everybody is  welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members & East Malvern RSL members  – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or 9570 5884 or online at www.vjc.org.au.   

 

Coming up in the next few months at the East Malvern RSL will be :

Wednesday the 16th of May – Jaspers Jazz Hounds with guests Brett Iggulden on trumpet , saxes and vocals and Rachel Hamilton on piano plus Kay Younger on vocals. 

Wednesday the 20th of June – The Ashley Gaudion Sextet

 

New Orleans Comes To Melbourne This Sunday

Every Sunday New Orleans comes to Melbourne at the Clyde Hotel, Elgin Street Carlton between 1.00 and 4.00 pm with the Louisiana Shakers, a band that has been playing Down Home Revival Jazz for over thirty years. This Sunday the band will be John Kelly on clarinet, Les Fithall trombone & vocals , Tony Orr guitar & banjo, Peter Grey bass , Kevin Bolton drums and special guest Des Camm trumpet & vocals.

The Famous Jazz Piano Lunches

A group of Melbourne jazz piano lovers have revived the concept of the famous Jazz Piano Lunches which were such an important part of the Melbourne live jazz scene for about thirty years until they ceased two years ago .

The first of the new Lunches was held on the 25th of January 2018 in the Function Room at the East Malvern RSL and was an overwhelming success with many of the audience chatting and lingering over drinks an hour after the music finished.

The next Piano Lunch will be held  between midday and about 3.00 pm on Thursday  the 22nd  of March. East Malvern RSL is set in parklands at 1 Stanley Grose Drive , East Malvern and is about 400 meters walk from the Darling Railway Station on the Glen Waverley line.
Each pianist will play a twenty minute solo bracket. Among those performing on the 22nd  will be Cathy Connor,  Keith Stevens , Jo Abbott, Ade Ishs, Ron Anderson, Ken Cowan and Kim Harris and we are sure others will be added to the list.
Entry is free and bookings are not required. Lunch can be ordered in the bistro and can be served in the Function Room while you enjoy the music.
The plan is for the piano lunches to be held every eight weeks and the next one is scheduled for the 24th of May.

More details at :  https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com

Kid Claypot’s Happy Pals at East Malvern

On Wednesday week the 14th of March the Victorian Jazz Club is very proud to present  Kid Claypot’s Happy Pals between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.

On stage will be Margie Lou Dyer on piano & vocals ,  Eugene Ball trumpet,  Barry Wratten clarinet, Grant Arthur trombone,  John Scurry banjo & guitar ,  Howard Cairns bass &  Hayley                           Miro – Browne washboard .    

Why Kid Claypot ? I’ll  let Barry Wratten answer that question :

“ When Geoff invited me to take a spot in his innovative program of bands at East Malvern, I took it as an opportunity to create something fun & quite different.

For the past couple of years I’ve had the great pleasure to work a little with Margie Lou at her regular long-running Sunday evening gig at the Claypots Bar in St Kilda.

Margie Lou & I go back some time  .. 50 years or so as it happens …

So this is a little project steeped in layers of nostalgia and enlivened by all the wonderful musical influences & experiences that we’ve each gathered between then & now.

When I was 16 and beginning with my first clarinet, Dennis Ball was my “ go to” for inspiration & sometimes direction. (His teacher whom he recommended, became mine). At East Malvern we’ll be led by Mr. “Kid Claypot” himself, Eugene Ball.

Circles, continuity, family, connections … we have a great family tradition with Jazz in Melbourne and it’s forever growing. It grounds the music, giving it strength & depth. John Scurry, Howard Cairns & I have worked extensively together ever since I returned from New Orleans. They require no introduction.

Hayley Miro-Brown will be keeping them in line from her place at the washboard. Hayley inherits a great musical heritage which shows in her love for being in the moment.

Y’all have come to know trombonist Grant Arthur through his numerous appearances at VJC events at Clayton & East Malvern. He’s a very funny guy & a great multi-instrumentalist.

So … “Kid Claypot”?

In those heady days of the early ‘60’s, we bought our Folkways 12” vinyls at Discurio Records at a reimagined old pub building on the cnr of Russel & Bourke.

One such album, that of “Kid Clayton’s Happy Pals” a recording band of New Orleans veteran musicians of considerable renown & ability was one of my earliest discoveries.

The music is loose, hot & swinging and full of natural passion.

Such inspiration has held us in good stead down through the years, and across the generations here, and the play on words was too hard to resist. “

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members  & East Malvern RSL members – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.

Doors open for dinner in the Jazz Room at 6.00 pm . Music starts at 7.30 pm.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or       0425 735 428 or 9570 5884 or on  vjc.org.au.   

Everybody is  welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.

Come along , enjoy hot & swinging live jazz and spread the word !

 

 

 

 

Live Jazz Returns To East Malvern RSL for 2018

The 2018 live jazz year at East Malvern RSL got off to a flying start on the 17th of January with the chance to welcome home clarinettist Chris Tanner who was in town for an all too short visit. Somehow we managed to shoe horn 150 excited jazz lovers in to the Function Room at the RSL which normally seats 120 comfortably. A fabulous night of music thanks to Chris along with fellow Virus members Julien Wilson , Matt Jodrell, John Scurry , Howard Cairns and Lynn Wallis ended with two great encores and a standing ovation.
The 25th of January saw the return of the famous jazz piano lunches. Despite the distractions of the Australian Open the day saw an audience of about 65 jazz piano fans enjoy 20 minute sets from seven leading jazz pianists and the next piano lunch will be held at East Malvern on Thursday the 22nd of March. Further details can be found on https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com/ .
One of the highlights of the 2017 Wednesday jazz program at East Malvern was the tribute to the Cotton Club musicians, singers and dancers from Danni and Ian Smith and the Scallywags. Our next presentation at East Malvern RSL will be at 7.30 pm on Wednesday the 21st of February will see the welcome return of Danni and Ian Smith and the Scallywags.
On stage will be Danni Smith vocals , Ian Smith & Stephen Grant trumpets, Ashley Gaudion saxes, Doug Rawson piano, John Cox guitar & banjo, James Clark bass & the legendary Wes Brown on drums .
Eight of Australia’s jazz musicians who will be presenting a night of red hot Dixieland , Blues & Ballads which will be a special treat for listeners and dancers alike.
You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club or the East Malvern RSL to join in the fun. Everybody is welcome. For Victorian Jazz Club & East Malvern RSL members entry is $15.00 & for visitors & guests $20.00.
Doors open in the Jazz Room at 6.00 for dinner …music starts at 7.30 pm
Bookings are recommended . For bookings & enquiries call Rhonda on 9874 8870 or Elspeth on 0425 735 428 .

Diana Allen OAM

Great to see in today’s newspapers  the award of the Order Of Australia Medal to Diana Allen ” For services to Jazz Music “.  For over thirty years Diana and her organisation Jazz Australia have presented the cream of Australian and International traditional and mainstream jazz musicians at luncheon venues throughout Victoria.  The musicians who appeared under the Jazz Australia banner  represent a ” Who’s Who ” of the jazz world and Diana set the benchmark for the presentation of live jazz in comfortable settings for musicians and audiences with the support of excellent sound and lighting.  In semi-retirement Diana continues to present regular jazz performances on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria. A well deserved honour for Diana and for Australian jazz.