Monthly Archives: December 2012

Geoff Tobin lightens up the airwaves during January

Geoff Tobin

Geoff Tobin

IN 2012 Radio 3CR (855 AM) asked Geoff Tobin to host a two hour music program on Wednesday afternoons in January from 2pm to 4pm. This year they’ve asked him to do it again!

As Victorian jazz listeners will know, Geoff is one of the four presenters of the Victorian Jazz Club’s “Jazz on a Saturday” which has been a voice of jazz continuously since the station was launched in 1976.

Last year Geoff called his program “A Lazy Wednesday Afternoon”and my guess is that the 2013 version will be a similar wide-ranging mix of jazz, blues and other genres chosen from Geoff’s vast and varied collection of recordings, presented in his inimitable relaxed and informed style.

The first program will go to air live on Wednesday 2 January, and will include “everything from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Art Pepper and beyond” (Geoff’s words).
If you’re within range of 3CR this will be required listening on January Wednesdays. And if you’re out of range, you can listen on your computer through streaming or podcast from

And here’s Blind Lemon Jefferson singing “He Arose From the Dead”

Ultrafox ultra gigs in January

ONE of my favourite CD acquisitions in 2012 was Peter Baylor’s band Ultrafox’s “Chasing Shadows”, so when Peter turned up at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel as part of the Riverwalk Trio a few Sundays ago, I asked him to play and sing one of the tracks from the album.
We settled on “I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight” (Music by Walter Donaldson; Words by Gus Kahn. c. 1925). He did a great job, but I didn’t!   Murphy’s Law dictated that I pressed the “stop recording” button instead of the “record” so missed a very pretty performance.  So when Peter turned up the next Sunday – 30 December – I apologetically begged him to do a repeat, to which he graciously agreed but the pressure of the moment must have got to him, and he forgot the words!  And no, I’m not going to show you that clip!  Here instead is the track from the album. (Just click on Peter to hear it)

All this is leading up to a couple of great gigs which Ultrafox will be presenting during January.

On Friday 18th January they will be performing at Bennetts Lane, 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne.   Book on 9663 2856 or online at 8.30pm. $25 + $2.50 booking fee.
The lineup will be as usual except that Andy Baylor will not be playing, and Steve Grant (piano accordion) and Michael McQuaid (clarinet) will be special guests.

On Friday 25th January they will be at the Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne.    Book on 9642 4711 or online at 9.30pm. $20.    Michael McQuaid will be special guest.

Both performances will naturally feature the ineffable Julie O’Hara with her special brand of vocals.

Ultrafox presents the finest in Le Jazz Hot.  French gypsy jazz in the infectious style of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France.  Be entertained by Peter Baylor, Julie O’Hara, Jon Delaney, Kain Borlase, and special guests Steve Grant and Michael McQuaid.  You can get more info on the band and their upcoming gigs from their website: .  And why not treat yourself to a post-Christmas present of a copy of “Chasing Shadows”.

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Nina Ferro in Melbourne in January: for three nights @ Bennetts Lane

NINA Ferro, now London-based, is fast making her mark on the UK and international music scenes as an exceptional vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist.

Originally hailing from Melbourne, Nina still has a loyal local fan base which has followed her rise to star status with interest and some pride at having been present when she was just starting her career with other jazz neophytes.

Here’s an early pic from the 1990s showing Nina with THE HOTTER THAN SIX band which later morphed into FIREWORKS. I think this image came to me from the archives of wandering and wonderful jazz photographer, Ron Jobe. Thanks Ron, for this and many others.

Brian Kelly, Nina Ferro, Jo Stevenson, Leon Heale, Stephen Grant, Doug Rawson, Andrew Swann

Nina seems to visit most Januarys- something to do with the weather? – and she will be performing her latest show at Bennett’s Lane, 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne this summer. She has three dates for you…. Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, and Sunday 27th January – all 8.30pm shows.

Joining her again for these shows will be Nina’s London based Musical Director, Grant Windsor on piano. Ryan Monroe on bass, Craig Fermanis on guitar, Darryn Farrugia on drums and Carmen Hendricks on backing vocals.

Her shows were sold out last year, so book your tickets while you are thinking of it to avoid missing out!!   9663 2856 or online at

Here’s a brief clip of Nina singing with the Grant Windsor Trio a few years back.

Some Jazz Doings on New Year’s Eve

MANY jazz musicians and delegates will be seeing the New Year in at the 67th Australian Jazz Convention at Forbes, New South Wales after 6 days of wall to wall jazz leading up to the climax of the New Year’s Eve Ball.
The Convention began in 1946 and has continued annually since then – the longest running jazz event of its kind in the world.

For those who didn’t choose to make the journey north, here are a few New Year’s Eve jazz opportunities in and around Melbourne.


ASH GAUDION of The Shuffle Club has arranged a protracted lead-up to New Year’s Eve on Sunday 30 December (the eve of New Year’s Eve) at Claypots, 213 Barkly Street, St Kilda. 9534 1282

Entertainment begins at 3.30pm with Gil Askey and Friends.
6.00pm: Fred Negro and Dave Moll
8.00pm: Margie Lou Trio
10.00pm – 1.00am: Dance with Andrew Swann, Ashley Gaudion, James Clark and Steve Grant.

On the actual Eve – 31 December – a number of jazz clubs have scheduled special gigs:

Dave Hetherington’s Jazzbos will be at the Williamstown Jazz Club, Williamstown RSL, Cnr Ferguson Street and Melbourne Road, Williamstown. 7.00pm for 7.30pm Dinner. Music 8.00pm – 12.30pm. $60 per head. 9397 6198 or 9397 1885.


Hot B’ Hines will be at the Peninsula Jazz Club, Patterson Lakes Community Centre, Thompson Road. Doors open . Music: 8pm – 12.30pm. $40 members $45 non members 9580 2906.


John Morrison’s Moonee Valley Jazz Band will be at the Geelong Jazz Club, Vines Road Community Centre, 49 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights. 8.00-12.0pm $20. VYO everything Bookings essential 5244 2886.


Island Jazz will entertain the Phillip Island Jazz Club, Bass Room, Ramada Resort, 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes. 7.00pm to 1.00am.$75. 0417 416 300 or 0432 814 407.



The Vines Restaurant, Coldstream

And for something a bit more out of town, THE VINES Restaurant at the Helen’s Hill Vineyard, 16 Ingram Road, Coldstream. (Melways Reference 282 C11) will present a trio of well known jazz musicians – Will Purcell, Ian Smith and Patrick Miller – to entertain diners from 8.00pm till after the witching hour. The vineyard is at the start of the Yarra Valley, about 45 minutes from Ivanhoe. I am assured that the restaurant provides elegant dishes created from fresh local produce, complemented by the vineyards own wines. And that the views are stunning. Rumour also has it that a close relative of jazzers Graeme and Elizabeth Harvey has something to do with the venue. Bookings on 9739 0222 or

May your Christmas be joyous and the New Year open more doors and windows for you to the excitement, passion and joy of jazz

The Hetherington dynasty: one of many musical family manifestations!

I NOTICED in Saturday’s paper that “Flower Children”, the musical based on the brief years of fame of the Mamas and the Papas is coming back to Melbourne in 2013 for a short season at The Comedy Theatre in Exhibition Street.   Matt Hetherington will star again as Papa John.

Singer/actor Matt has performed in hundreds – probably thousands – of live gigs (including the AFL Grand Final in 2010), starred brilliantly in a slew of musicals, and recently made the national stage as a finalist on “The Voice”.

Here’s Matt with Marina Prior in October this year in “Promises Promises” for The Production Company.

Of course jazz fans will know that Matt is the son of much loved jazz musician Dave Hetherington, and nephew of the late Ollie Hetherington of Nat Oliver’s Jazz Band fame.   Most will also know that Matt is a dab hand as a drummer. Here he plays with Dave Hetherington’s Jazzbos on the music panel show “Spicks and Specks” in November 2009.   Other members of the band are Peter Hooper on banjo, Michael McInerney on bass and Hugh de Rosayro on trombone.

Dave himself may have had the seeds of music planted by his grandfather, who ran away to sea and was introduced to jazz by hearing musicians playing and singing on the levees in New Orleans. Whatever the source, Dave has been a part of the Australian jazz scene since his teens.

In October this year Dave played at the Victorian Jazz Club’s special night featuring jazz singers, Carol Ralph and the legendary Kate Dunbar. Here’s a great pic of Dave with Ian Smith and Kate Dunbar, taken by Ron Jobe (who must have taken more images of jazz musicians, jazz fans and jazz locations than any other Australian photographer). This one appeared in the VJC monthly newsletter, Jazzbeat for Dec 2012/January 2013.

Ian Smith, Kate Dunbar and Dave Hetherington

And it may be that the Hetherington musical line will continue. Here’s a picture of proud father Matt with young Oscar Hetherington on his way to one year old. He’s certainly got the smile to make it to the top!

If you are interested in going to see “Flower Children” tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Click on the poster below for a link. The season starts on 23 May.

If you want to keep up to date with Matt’s doings, here’s his website:

Keep in touch with Dave through his Facebook page. Click on his smiling face to find it.