Monthly Archives: February 2014

Take The Blues Express to Jamieson on March 22

ROB Thurley from up Jamieson way, sends news of the Jamieson Jazz Club’s annual Autumn Jazz Cabaret. (See flyer below)

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The Jazz Cabaret Gala Night will be right on the Autumn Equinox ( 22nd March), and this year, Peter Gaudion’s legendary Blues Express is performing the concert.

The iconic Jamieson Memorial Hall will be transformed into an authentic Ol’ New Orleans Jazz venue for the night. The Jamieson Community Group is also putting on a host of other free activities over the weekend.

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One idea would be to get a group of friends together, come up on the comfortable scheduled VicRail bus from Southern Cross station to Mansfield and share a hire car/mini bus for the short trip to Jamieson, return on the VicRail bus on Sunday.

For information on the event, bookings, accommodation options or other activities in the region, contact Rob Thurley on

The Hall only seats 100 so if you’re interested don’t delay. A weekend in the High Country – particularly glorious at this time of year – plus great music and fine dining. Sounds all good to me!

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Port Phillip Mussel Festival: molluscs and music!

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THE INAUGURAL PORT PHILLIP MUSSEL FESTIVAL will be held at the South Melbourne Market, Cecil Street, South Melbourne over the weekend Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 March from 12 noon to 11.00 pm.

The reason for listing this festival on Jazz Ramble is that, not only will it be a seafood extravaganza with special emphasis on our luscious local mussels, but there will be music played throughout both days – much of it jazz. Gil Askey, Margie Lou Dyer, The Shuffle Club and the Paul Williamson Hammond combo are only a few of the musos who will be on offer during the Festival.

port phillip musselSouth Melbourne restauranteur Renan Goksin and his seafood venue Claypots Evening Star (corner of York and Cecil Streets where Peter Baylor’s Ultrafox plays on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm – 10.00pm), and The South Melbourne Market, along with other South Melbourne Market restaurants, are hosting the Festival as part of this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Iain Hewitson will be doing free mussel cooking demonstrations at 3 pm each day at the Market’s LG Kitchen.    Paco y Lola,  Koy,  Simply Spanish and Salvatore Malatesta’s Clement Café are also part of the Festival and will remain open across its hours, plus there will be many pop-up food stalls and wine bars.

If you love mussels – as I do, since those uncomplicated teenage summers when mussels came fresh-plucked from the pier, and then cooked on a piece of tin over a driftwood fire on the beach – then this sounds like heaven. If you don’t, there’ll be plenty of other gastronomic treats and free non-stop music.

‘It’s going to be a two-day party of non-stop live music and buckets and buckets of mussels from our local waters,’ says Goksin, who is ordering in thousands of Australian blue mussels for the event from Bay Sea Farms Mt Martha.

‘The idea is to come and dance, with the family and friends, and eat and drink. I am hoping thousands of people come each day to enjoy the market and our feast of mussels.’


Australian Jazz Convention 2014: Swan Hill

THE 2014 Australian Jazz Convention has set up its website at This will keep you up to the minute as plans unfold.

In the meantime, here are some historic pictures of earlier Conventions from the website. You know who you are, where and when it happened!


Obviously Sydney: 1958? 1962? OMG, how young they all are!
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This one gives a whole new slant on the venerable Nick Polites!


Jazz on Thursdays @ The Rising Sun

rising sun hotelLOOKING for somewhere to go to hear jazz on Thursday nights? Well, here’s a place to check out…

The Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan Street, South Melbourne.

The Joe Ruberto Trio has this new residency, with different special guests each week. You can check the listed guest each week on Jazz Ramble’s Coming Gigs page. Like most groups, the membership of the Trio varies, depending on who’s available, but usually comprises drums and bass, with Joe on piano of course.

This historic South Melbourne Hotel has had a long association with jazz, with the Down Beat Big Band performing from 8.00pm to 11.00pm every Tuesday which will continue. Now with new owners, a new menu and freshly opened upstairs lounge, this grand old pub is expanding its connection with jazz by adding a second regular residency on Thursdays.

The Joe Ruberto Trio performances will begin at 6.30 pm and end at 9.30 pm and are free to the public. Reservations are advised to ensure that you get a table. Phone: 9696 2411


Juliarna Cleal-Clark CD launch

clealcropSINGER Juliarna Cleal will launch her latest CD, SUGAR BLUES at The Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, CBD on Friday 7 February at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $15, from, and CDs will be available at launch.

Juliarna’s collaborators on the disc and at the launch are The Heartjazz Statesmen. You may not know the band, but you’ve certainly heard of the musicians in it: Stephen Grant (trumpet), Richard Miller (clarinet), Michael Harding (piano), Peter Hooper (banjo), James Clark (bass), and Rod Gilbert (drums). As the poster says, “A group of masterful players.”

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The album is the result of Juliarna’s love affair with fun and quirky jazz tunes. “Heartjazz to me means things that make your heart sing; these songs and these musicians really do,” says Juliarna. “This album will appeal to a large portion of music lovers. Jazz traditionalists will appreciate some of the fabulous old tunes such as Clarence William’s Sugar Blues, Louis Jordan’s Barnyard Boogie, and Fats Waller’s That Ain’t Right. Devotees will love Stephen Grant’s outstanding trumpet contributions, and anyone who loves music and has a pulse will enjoy the band’s handling of such groovy greats as Comes Love and Once Too Often.”
Listen to a grab of Comes Love by clicking on the picture below.

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The CD is a labour of love and a family affair. James Clark, well known bass player and sound engineer of this album, is Juliarna’s husband. They met in 2009, when James mastered her debut solo jazz CD ESPRESSO, still a favourite on local radio’s jazz programs.

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SUGAR BLUES is the result of dogged determination as well as creative inspiration. The last few tunes were recorded whilst the birth of their second child was overdue last November.

James and Jules with baby Montgomery in December 2013

James and Jules with baby Montgomery in December 2013

Juliarna is a singer who is comfortable in a number of styles: her voice has been variously described as “luscious”, “lyrical” and “joyous”. The warmth of her personality and presence make an instant connection with her audience. They shine through on this CD.

She is a regular at The Paris Cat, may be heard doing live spots with her band on local radio, particularly 3MBS FM and Highlands FM, and at other gigs around town. She recently sang for a conference of Loreto nuns at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond.

Here she sings with Rebecca Harris Mason as the duo Kingsville.

And finally, we may be seeing the continuation of the Clark musical dynasty: James’s dad is Ollie Clark, Fred is his uncle, and by the look of it, Amelia Clark (aged 2) is already making her mark at the microphone.

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