Monthly Archives: August 2011

Chris Tanner’s “Virus” now “The Great Bradburys”

Chris Tanner, clarinetist and vocalist, formed his New Orleans inspired band, Virus, in 2000. Combining the exuberance of youth and the panache which comes with experience, the Virus group has played its exciting brand of music in clubs, festivals and other venues around Australia for years.

Original line up was Chris Tanner (clarinet), John Scurry (guitar), Lynn Wallis (drums), Don Stewart (trombone), Andy Ross (double bass) and many special guests.

Here Virus plays IN A LITTLE GYPSY TEA ROOM, recorded live by Trevor Lourensz at The Laundry, Johnston Street, Fitzroy on 8 November 2008.

Chris Tanner – Clarinet/Vocal
Don Stewart – Trombone
Eugene Ball – Trumpet
John Scurry – Guitar
Andy Ross – Bass
Lynn Wallis – Drums

Chris Tanner moved to Copenhagen a couple of years back, and is well-occupied with gigs around Denmark and beyond.

In his absence Virus has continued to perform regularly around Melbourne to the delight of its fans. However the time has come for a name change to The Great Bradburys. (I don’t know the reason for the choice of name but no doubt all will be revealed at some stage).

The current line up for The Great Bradburys: Julien Wilson (reeds), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Andy Ross (double bass), John Scurry (guitar) & Lynn Wallis (drums).

The band has a current residency from 4.30pm – 7.30pm on Saturday afternoons at Grumpy’s Green, 126 Smith Street, Fitzroy. A great venue!

Chris made a flying visit to Melbourne in March 2011, and performed with Virus for the Victorian Jazz Club.

Chris Tanner with Virus, Melbourne March 2011.

Chris Tanner with Virus at the VJC, 10 March 2011. Photo: Ron Jobe

The Syncopators’ Euro Tour

THOSE wonderful musicians, The Syncopators, are gearing up for their 15th European tour, and need their legion of fans to help wing them on their way.

The SYNCS are holding a CD Launch and Fund-Raising Concert (with dancing) on Sunday 18th September at the Bentleigh Club, Yawla Street, Bentleigh.

And as the icing on the cake, the froth on the Guinness etc., George Washingmachine and Julie O’Hara will be Special Guest artists, revisiting their very successful recording partnership which has produced a number of CDs.

Julie O'Hara and George Washingmachine

Julie O'Hara and George Washingmachine

The event will run from 6.00pm to 9.30pm. Doors open at 5.00pm.
Tickets $55.00 each. Dinner (Main & Dessert) is included.
Bookings and further information from Roger and Anne Beilby on 03 9531 7551 or 0408 993 786.
This will be a very special night, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Here’s an example from the Syncopators’ trip to Germany in 2010. Listen to them play JUBILEE STOMP in the historic former Storckshof farmhouse – now a stunning venue in Dortmund – in May last year.

The lineup is Richard Miller, alto saxophone & clarinet; Jeff Arthur, banjo; Andy Swann, drums; Peter Gaudion, trumpet; Chris Ludowyk, trombone. The notes on YouTube claim that Stephen Grant is on piano, and James Clark on bass but I’m sure that’s a mistake. It could be Andy Ross on bass and David Allardice on piano, but I wouldn’t like to bet on it! The performance was recorded on 25 May 2010.


Australian Jazz Convention

Jazz Ramble’s  header catches three musicians on a ramble around the Eagle Bar at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia at the 64th Australian Jazz Convention in December 2009.  They are Ollie Clark on sousaphone, Graham Eames on cornet, and John  Coultas on trombone.  The AJC is the oldest continuous jazz event of its type in the world, having begun in December 1946 in Melbourne, and is still going strong 66 years later.   This year’s convention will be held in Bundaberg, Queensland from Boxing Day to New Year’ Eve.    You can see what’s on offer at

Hello world!

Satchmo’s 110th birthday – 4 August 2011 – is an appropriate date to launch this blog which will celebrate Australian jazz – those who make it and those who listen to it.    We are a work in progress at the moment but hope to be up and running and in full flight by September 2011.