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.

Nevill Sherburn OAM

The contribution to Australian jazz of Neville Sherburn was recognised today in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours when it was announced that Neville has been posthumously awarded an Order Of Australia Medal for services to Jazz.
Known affectionately as Mr Swaggie Neville purchased the Swaggie label from the Graeme Bell Band Co-Operative in 1954 and immediately began issuing Eps and 10” LPs of Australian jazz and from 1960 onwards he released 12” and 7” 33 & 1/3 RPM albums known as the Jazz Collector Series. These recordings were renowned for their high quality content of sound reproduction , art work and detailed cover notes and are treasured by collectors today.
As Sydney writer Bill Haesler OAM wrote shortly after Nevill’s death “ Without Nevill Sherburn there would have been very little Australian jazz recorded during the 1960 – 1980s “. This is particularly apt as major record companies lost interest in producing Australian jazz whereas Nevill continued to release Australian and overseas jazz on CD. Despite being seriously ill for a number of years Nevill continued to manage Swaggie Records culminating in the issue of two major restoration works titled Ade Monsbourgh – A Vintage Selection and Roger Bell & His Pagan Pipers – A Vintage Collection which were released just weeks before his death on the 16th of October 2015. Australian jazz is very much indebted to the unstinting work of Nevill Sherburn and it is fitting that he is recognised today.
Bill Armstrong of Bilarm Music has recently taken over the distribution of the excellent Swaggie Record CD collection which are available from Thomas’ Records in the Melbourne CBD and from all Readings Bookshops.

Andy Baylor back in Melbourne Wednesday 21st June.

Andy Baylor & His Southern Swing Band at East Malvern – Wednesday 21st June
Just a reminder that the next night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2017 at the East Malvern RSL will be on Wednesday the 21st of June between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with Andy Baylor & his Southern Swing Band on stage.
It’s been far too long since well known guitarist and violinist Andy Baylor has been a guest at the Victorian Jazz Club and on the 21st of June we will make up for that when Andy will be returning to Melbourne to play a special hometown show with a fine swingin’ band.
Andy cut his musical teeth playing old time western swing with the Dance Hall Racketeers and was the in demand guitarist with bands such as Steve Grant’s New Orleans Five, The Karl Hird Trios, Ade Monsbourgh , Allan Browne and the legendary Bob Barnard Jazz Parties amongst others.
Andy will be digging deep into his bag of Western swing classics, hot jazz instrumentals, beautiful standards and some boogie woogie and blues. The band will feature Andy on guitar, violin & vocals, Michael McQuaid tenor sax, Sandra Talty drums & vocals, Sam Lemann guitar & ukulele, Steve Teakle piano and Steve Temple double bass ( & occasional trumpet ).
A great night of jazz , western swing, ballads , rhythm & blues and boogie for dancers and listeners, not to be missed !
Come along , enjoy the 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 – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.
Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries : 0425 735 428 or www.vjc.org.au.

Julie O’Hara & Bopkick at East Malvern – Wednesday the 17th of May

Julie O’Hara & Bopkick at East Malvern – Wednesday 17th May
Just a reminder that the next night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2017 at the East Malvern RSL will be on Wednesday the 17th of May between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with Julie O’Hara & Bopkick on stage.
Formed in 2002 Bopkick combines the talents of some of Australia’s best and most experienced Jazz and Rhythm & Blues Musicians and pays tribute to the jump blues style of dance music which was so popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s with songs of some of the artists of that era such as Ella Mae Morse, Ruth Brown, Amos Milburn and Wynonie Harris. The band also plays their own original compositions reflecting the inspiration of these great performers.
The ever swinging Julie O’Hara will be fronting the band on vocals. On guitar will be Peter Baylor along with Dean Hilson on tenor sax, Dale Lindrea on bass , Danny Bourne on piano who will be propelled along by veteran drummer Lynn Wallis. A great night of swinging jazz and Rhythm & Blues for dancers and listeners, not to be missed !
Coming up at East Malvern as part of the 2017 VJC Jazz series will be on Wednesday the 21st of June – Andy Baylor & His Southern Swing Band – Hometown Stomp with Andy Baylor back in town from Sydney for one night only. Andy will be on vocals, guitar & violin, Michael McQuaide on tenor sax, Sandra Talty drums & vocals , Sam Lemann guitar & mandolin, Monique di Mattina piano & vocals and Steve Temple double bass ( & occasional trumpet ).
Wednesday the 19th of July – Nick’s 90 Night – with the Louisiana Shakers – a special night of jazz to pay tribute to Nick Polites , one of the greats of Australian jazz.
Come along , enjoy the jazz and spread the word !
Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries : 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428.

Jen Salisbury & James Mustafa – a new Melbourne CD

Melbourne singer Jen Salisbury has just released a superb new album of love songs called Unspoken Rule. She is accompanied by a stellar group of Melbourne’s finest young jazz musicians , James Mustafa trumpet, Trent Howard tenor, Aaron Rodriguez baritone, Sam O’Halloran Guitar, Selene Messinis piano, Hiroki Hoshino bass & Tim Clifton drums. Well worth a listen to . Already had a sold out launch last night at the Paris Cat and you can catch this band at Dizzy’s Jazz Club on Saturday the 10th of June.

Peter Gaudion’s Blues Express – East Malvern RSL 19th April

Only a week to go to see one of Australia’s great bands ! For one night only ! Peter Gaudion trumpet & vocals, Ashley Gaudion saxes and vocals, Jackie Gaudion voacals, Bob Sedergreen piano, James Clark bass & Rod Gilbert drums.

Everybody welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club or the RSL to attend. For bookings call 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or you can book online at www.vjc.org.au .

 

Michael McQuaid’s New CD – Diaspora

Last Saturday night was a fantastic opportunity to hear one of Melbourne’s best bands – Michael McQuaid’s Late Hour Boys in full flight. Absolutely fabulous small group jazz reflecting the influence on Australian Jazz by the great Ade Monsbourgh. Michael McQuaid on trumpet & reeds, Jason Downes on reeds, Doug Rawson piano , John Scurry banjo & guitar, Richard Mander bass and Sandra Talty drums & vocals playing rarely heard Australian compositions such as Kelly’s Deal, Stomp Miss Hannah and the pop tunes that Ade loved such as We’ll Gather Lilacs.

A great opportunity too to purchase a copy of Michael’s brand new CD called Diaspora. Recorded in London in January 2017 Michael plays clarinet with American born Andrew Oliver who now resides in London on piano and Londoner Nicholas Ball on drums. The trio format really allows all three of these very talented musicians to stretch out individually and as a group on a great repertoire of jazz classics, some lesser know ballads and two of Michael’s own compositions Black Spur and the title track , Diaspora. Highly recommended and available at any good gig featuring the talents of Michael McQuaid.