Tony Newstead

Melbourne trumpeter Tony Newstead died in Melbourne on the 6th of November 2017. Tony was born on the 1st of October 1923. He took up trumpet in 1940 and  joined the RAAF in 1942 and served in New Guinea until the end of the Second World War. On discharge from the Air Force at Melbourne University he played with the Varsity Vipers with musicians such as Nick Polites, Ken Ingram, Will McIntyre and Keith Cox.

In the late 1940s he started leading his own bands   using the word Southside in the band name.  A fine musician his trumpet style , tone and phrasing reflected his love for the music of Bix Beiderbecke and bands under his leadership had a strong swinging Chicago style sound which he pioneered in this country.   Highly qualified in telecommunications technology he studied and worked in the UK , the United States  and Hong Kong for extensive periods which allowed him to sit in and record with many overseas groups .  The cover of the 1960 Swaggie EP called “ Tony Goes Chicago “ has an iconic photo of Tony sitting in at Eddie Condon’s Nightclub in 1958 with musicians of the musical  stature of Rex Stewart, Buzzy Drootin, Gene Schroeder and Herb Hall.

In Australia Tony played and recorded actively with leading bands such as Storyville, the Powerhouse Band, the Yacht Club Band and many other jazz groups. During his time in Washington he led the Potomac River Jazz Club Band and performed and recorded with local bands at the Manassas Jazz Festivals in 1972 and 1973. Examples of Tony’s musicianship can be found in a compilation CD called “ The Best Of Tony Newstead – a retrospective “ available from the Australian Jazz Museum. The CD includes recorded works of the Southside Gang of the 1960s, Storyville and the Yacht Club Band of the 1970s together with examples of live sessions recorded in the United States for the Fat Cat label.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at Le Pine, 981 Burke Road , Camberwell at 10.00 am this  Friday the 17th of November .

Classic Jazz at East Malvern RSL – Wednesday 15th of November

The name says it all . On Wednesday week the Victorian Jazz Club is very proud to present a night of hot jazz from the 1920s & 1930s  at the East Malvern RSL  between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with Golden City Classic Jazz with special guest Graham Eames on trumpet.

This band was one of the highlights of the 71st Australian Jazz Convention at Ballarat

Led by Herb Jennings on trombone this band is made up of some of Australia’s top musicians playing in the classic jazz style including Garry Richardson on reeds, Barry Hirst on piano and vocals , Tony Orr on banjo, guitar and vocals, Allan Stott on sousaphone , Richard Opat on drums and washboard and from Adelaide,  a master of hot jazz trumpet , Graham Eames.  Herb has put together a program of hot jazz & blues that will be a treat for listeners and dancers alike. A special night of jazz – for one  night only !

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club 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.  

Our 2017 Christmas special will be on Wednesday the 6th of December with the Creole Bells Revival Band.

The 2018 East Malvern season will open on Wednesday the 17th of January 2018 with the return from Denmark of Melbourne born musician Chris Tanner & Virus.

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

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !

 

 

 

John Scurry’s Reverse Swing – New CD post matinee

Melbourne based guitarist and composer John Scurry has released a new CD called post matinee by his band Reverse Swing which will be available this weekend at the Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival.

17 tracks all composed by John Scurry. The band features Eugene Ball trumpet, Michael McQuaid tenor sax and clarinet, Matt Boden piano, Howard Cairns bass and John Scurry guitar. Guests on the CD include Shelly Scown vocals, Danny Fischer drums, James Macauley trombone and Phil Noy alto. With musicians of the calibre it promises to be a great production .

The CD is available in Melbourne through Readings, Thomas’ Music and Northside Records and downloads can be purchased at www.lionsharecords.com.

The Cope Street Parade from Sydney at East Malvern RSL one night only next Wednesday 25th October

 

Just a reminder that the next  night of live Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2017 at the East Malvern RSL ( 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern ) will be on   Wednesday the 25th of October    between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.

On stage will be  The Cope Street Parade   from Sydney with special Melbourne guests Eamon McNelis  on trumpet & vocals and Grant Arthur  on trombone & vocals. This is the band of young Sydney musicians who originally performed under the mentoring of legendary Sydney trumpeter and vocalist Geoff Bull as the Finer Cuts.  Since then they have performed and recorded with leading Australian jazz musicians such as Bob Henderson and Dan Barnett.   Led by Justin Fermino  on reeds & vocals , the band also includes the talents of Ben Panucci on guitar, banjo & vocals ,  Aaron Flower guitar and Sam Dobson bass  .  This is the band that entertained a capacity audience at the East Malvern RSL in November last year and the  VJC  is  very proud to present the band again  for one night only with a night of red hot Dixieland , Jazz classics, Blues , Ballads and original compositions ,  a special treat for listeners and dancers alike.

Seats are still available but bookings are highly recommended.

You don’t  have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to join in the fun.  Everybody is welcome.  For VJC members entry is $15.00  & for visitors & guests $20.00.

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

Coming up at East Malvern on Wednesday the 15th of November  are Golden City Classic Jazz  from Ballarat  with Adelaide guest  Graham Eames  on trumpet.

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

 

Adrian Jackson – Jazz & Blues Fundraisers For Adrian

As well as being the jazz critic for the Age newspaper for close to 20 years, Adrian Jackson is best known as the artistic director for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival , the Stonnington Jazz Festival and notably until 2016 the first 27 Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festivals.
Adrian requires expensive surgery in the near future and the Jazz & Blues communities are joining together to return some of the support that Adrian has given to music over the last forty years.
At the Jazzlab , 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick, a fundraiser co-hosted by Jazzlab and the Melbourne Jazz Co-Op will be held on Sunday the 19th of November between 7.00pm & 11.00 pm featuring the Julien Wilson Trio ( with Stephen Magnussen & Steve Grant ), Andrea Keller, Michelle Nicole, Tony Gould, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Bob Sedergreen, Sam Keevers, Scott Tinkler, Ronny Ferella, Tamara Murphy , Eugene Ball, Sam Anning, Mirko Guerrini and Ilaria Crociani amongst others. Entry $25.00 or $20.00 concessions. Ticket sales at jazzlab.com.
On Sunday the 26th of November a Blues Benefit will be held for Adrian thanks to MBAS between 3.00 pm & 11.00 pm at the Flemington – Kensington Bowling Club , 407 Racecourse Road , Flemington 3031. Further details at mbas.org.au.

Ashley Keating Tribute Day – Sunday 15th October

Next Sunday the 15th of October starting at 1.00 pm there will be a special afternoon at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton to celebrate the life and music of popular Melbourne musician and leader of the Louisiana Shakers . Everybody is welcome .

Ashley Keating

Ashley Keating
Popular Melbourne banjo player and bandleader Ashley Keating died in Melbourne on Friday the 8th of December 2017. Born in Queensland in 1939 Ashley formed his first band at 18 years of age and went overseas to the United States and United Kingdom at 21 years of age. In Britain he played banjo with the highly respected New Orleans revival band the Gothic Jazz Band and even found time to be a roadie on a George Lewis tour of Britain.
In 1971 he played double bass with the Yarra Yarra band on their tour of Britain and the United States. In the early 1990s Ashley came to live in Melbourne and in 1994 formed the Louisiana Shakers a band steeped in the traditions of the New Orleans Revival which he led from the banjo chair until ill health forced him to reluctantly retire fairly recently. Ashley had very wide tastes in roots music but it was the music of the New Orleans revival was to be his playing forte over the last twenty years or so. Under his leadership the Shakers enjoyed a remarkably stable personnel with two original Shakers , Nick Polites and Kevin Bolton, still very active playing members of the band. The band plays weekly at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton , one of their many long residences and the band bring to the bandstand a deep love and understanding of New Orleans jazz, a credit to Ashley.
As a musician Ashley was peerless. Examples of various recordings played in tribute to him on jazz radio recently show his unerring sense of taste and timing keeping a tight cohesive rhythm section together for a New Orleans front line . The Shakers are a band held in such high regard that with Ashley as a leader they have produced seven CDs between 1996 and 2012 and enjoyed five tours to Britain and Europe ranging in length from five weeks to five months . The musicians in the band have spoken as to how enjoyable these trips were due to Ashley’s attention to detail in planning the trips so that nothing was left to chance. Whilst a busy musician and bandleader he found time to indulge his other passion for the Melbourne Storm.
A tribute afternoon will be held at the Clyde Hotel , Elgin Street , Carlton on Sunday the 15th of October starting at 1.00 pm until late.

East Malvern Jazz

Just a reminder that the next night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2017 at the East Malvern RSL ( 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern ) will be next Wednesday the 20th of September between 7.30 & 10.30 pm.
On stage will be Jasper’s Jazz Hounds with special guests Brett Iggulden on trumpet, saxes & vocals and 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 , Andy Symes 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 the Convention and so the VJC are very proud to present the band in Melbourne 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 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 25th of October are The Cope Street Parade from Sydney with Melbourne guests Eamon McNelis on trumpet & vocals and Grant Arthur on trombone & vocals .
Bookings & Enquiries : 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or online at www.vjc.org.au.

East Malvern Jazz – First Birthday Celebration

WEDNESDAY JAZZ AT EAST MALVERN RSL – Happy First Birthday !!!
Just a reminder that the next night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2017 at the East Malvern RSL ( 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern ) will be next Wednesday the 16th of August between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.
To mark the milestone of our first birthday we will celebrate with Le Jazz Hot , six of Australia’s top traditional jazz musicians. On stage will be John Hawes trumpet & vocals , Lindsay Flint clarinet , Les Fithall trombone & vocals , Willie Purcell banjo & guitar, Robert Wood drums & special guest Bill Morris on tuba.
Six of Australia’s top traditional jazz musicians who have played with bands going back to the Trad Boom of the 1960s including the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band , the Red Onions , John Hawes Jazz Band, Owen Yateman’s Jazzmen , Des Camm’s Jazz Band , New Harlem , the Maple Leaf Jazz Band , the New Melbourne Jazz Band & many , many more.
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 to join in the fun. Everybody is welcome. For VJC 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 .

Nick Polites Turns 90

Nick Polites , a much loved Melbourne clarinettist turns 90 on the 2nd of July 2017. Born in Melbourne in 1927 Nick started playing alto saxophone at 14 years of age and took up the clarinet at 16. As he wrote recently with the advent of World War 2 “ Because so many older musicians had been called up for military service, I was sought after to join bands well before I had achieved any sort of proficiency “.
Nick commenced his recording career with the Frank Johnson Dixielanders in 1951 , since then he played regularly with the Allfrey Street Stompers , the legendary Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band in the late 1950s – early 1960s and with the Louisiana Shakers for the last thirty years and currently at their Sunday afternoon gig at the Clyde Hotel in Elgin Street Carlton where no doubt there will be much celebration next Sunday.
The Victorian Jazz Club will also celebrate Nick’s remarkable contribution to Australian jazz on Wednesday the 19th of July between 7.30 and 10.00 pm at the East Malvern RSL with Nick and the Louisiana Shakers. . In the front line Nick will be joined by Joe Pryke on trumpet , Les Fithall on trombone & vocals, Andy Symes on banjo, Peter Grey on bass and Kevin Bolton on drums – some of Australia’s most experienced musicians who will be joined no doubt by many surprise sit ins.
You don’t have to be a member to attend, everybody is welcome. Victorian Jazz Club members $15.00 and visitors $20.00. Seats are still available but bookings are advisable on 9874 8870 or on 0425 735 428.