Monthly Archives: December 2013

Geoff Tobin and Cricket on the radio: it must be summertime!

FOR the third year running, ace jazz broadcaster (and failed trombone player – Frank Traynor advised him to stick to his day job) Geoff Tobin will be bringing jazz and joy to the airwaves on Radio 3CR (855 AM) on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm.

Geoff’s program, Jazz on a Lazy Wednesday Afternoon, will run from New Year’s Day until some time in March. (The usual presenters in this time slot are taking an extended holiday).

As most of you know, Geoff is one of the regular stable of presenters on the Victorian Jazz Club’s record breaking program, Jazz on a Saturday, which has been running on Saturday afternoons same station, same time, same presenters since 3CR began broadcasting in 1976.

Geoff’s tastes in jazz and blues are very wide ranging, his style is relaxed and knowledgable. There’ll be surprises, performers or tracks you may not have heard before, but balanced with some local talent and old favourites. Something for every taste and temper.

So don’t miss Geoff on Wednesday arvos on Melbourne radio at 855AM, or listen live through you computer at If you’re out of range for either of these options there’s an app for iPads called Tunein available from This will also allow you to listen to most radio stations around the world, live.


Corrine Corrina: de Rosayro and others

WE were at the Clyde Hotel on Sunday 15 December for our last view of the Louisiana Shakers for 2013, and The Clyde was in festive mood as you can see.

(The Shakers will be back on the 22nd for their final for the year – bound to put you in the right mood for holidays and other celebrations, including the Goulburn Convention for those lucky enough to be making the trip. Nick Polites will be driving up on Boxing Day). The New Year starts for them on 2 February.

The band had the usual lineup of Derek Reynolds (trumpet), Nick Polites (clarinet), leader Ashley Keating (banjo), Nat Garbutt (double bass) and Kevin Bolton (drums), but depping for regular Doug Holbury on trombone was that popular New Orleans muso, Hughie de Rosayro.

A real standout amongst the many great tunes played during the afternoon was the J. Mayo Williams-Bo Chatman 12 bar blues, CORRINE CORRINA with Hughie on vocals. The video wanders about a bit – sorry, I was enjoying the music so much that I forgot to keep an eye on the camera!

CORRINE CORRINA has become a standard in a number of musical styles, including blues, rock and roll (Bill Haley and His Comets), Cajun, Western swing and folk, but a version which I particularly like is in the same tradition as the Shakers’. It is this delectable George Lewis/Acker Bilk duet which was broadcast on BBC television in 1965. I think that’s great blues pianist Stan Greig who played with many other British bands including Ken Colyer and Humphrey Lyttelton as well as his own London Jazz Big Band.

Sweet Patootie: Gaudion then and now!

A FEW weeks ago we went to the Rosstown Hotel in Carnegie to hear the last Syncopators’ gig at that watering hole for 2013. In the car on the way we listened to a 2011 CD produced by that wonderful institution, the Victorian Jazz Archive Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers: The Roseleaf Sessions Out-takes, 1971 & 1977.

One of the tracks on this CD which has retained its popularity with fans who followed the Jazz Preachers since the 1950s was SWEET PATOOTIE.

The lineup for the 1977 version was Peter Gaudion (trumpet, vocals), Frank Traynor (trombone), Mike Longhurst (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals), Roger Hudson (piano), Joe McConechy (string bass, vocals), Don Boardman (drums, washboard). Peter Gaudion was lead singer with backing vocals by Joe McConechy and Mike Longhurst.

Click on the CD cover below to hear what they sounded like way back then.

So for old times sake we asked The Syncopators to play SWEET PATOOTIE with Peter Gaudion again on lead vocals, but this time supported by Chris Ludowyk and Richard Miller, and almost forty years later. By the way that’s Stephen Grant on piano, Rod Gilbert on drums, and Ivan Rosa on bass depping for James Clark who was away welcoming a new baby.

This (in)famous ditty was an enormous favourite when the Jazz Preachers played at the Wild Colonial Club at Lorne over summer from 1958 – 1962.

So much so that Frank persuaded record company W & G to release it as a single, which they did in 1962 where it climbed to the top 10 in the Australian Top 40 Hit Parade based on record sales, an extraordinary achievement for a jazz record. Perhaps the fact that it was banned from radio air-play may have helped!

And if you’re wondering who wrote it, various sources suggest that it was a joint effort of Clarence Williams (famous jazz pianist, singer, composer and music publisher), Alger “Texas Alexander (American blues singer who came to a sticky end in 1954) and Lucille Bogan (an American blues singer ranked by some with Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, who became renowned for raunchy, sexually explicit songs). It was first recorded in 1927 by the Triangle Harmony Boys from Birmingham, Alabama.

POSTSCRIPT: There have been some rumours flying about that the Rosstown will not be hosting jazz in 2014. However we have been assured by staff that the hotel will be undergoing renovations over January and will be back in the jazz business in February.

Nichaud Fitzgibbon replaces Fem Belling @ The Commune December 12

John Montesante of JMQ, whose regular Thursday residency at The Commune, 2 Parliament Place, City has many devoted followers advises:

Regretfully we had to change artist this Thursday, December 12 2013.

Nichaud Fitzgibbon

FEM BELLING had a big opportunity come up and we are delighted
that NICHAUD FITZGIBBON has stepped in to bring you
another wonderful evening of very fine Jazz – with delicious meals and drinks available throughout the gig. And one
of Australia’s finest singers, of course.

Music starts at 6.00pm. Phone 9654 5477 for bookings.

(We shall make sure Fem is in the first program as soon as she returns from her round-the-world tour).