Monthly Archives: June 2014

Juliarna Clark at Dizzy’s on Friday 20 June

Juliarna and James Clark

Juliarna and James Clark

Juliarna Cleal & the Heartjazz Statesmen are taking their musical wares to the Dizzy’s Jazz Club (381 Burnley St, Richmond, ) this Friday, 20 June 2014. They invite you to come and join them for some swinging tunes.

Music starts at 9.00pm, but the venue is open for drinks and tasty meals from 5:30pm. Phone 9428 1233 for reservations or enquiries.


Musicians are

Stephen Grant (cornet),
Doug DeVries (guitar),
Rory Clarke (piano),
James Clark (double bass) and
Rod Gilbert (drums). What a smoking lineup. Juliarna is one happy singer!

Follow Juliarna on her website:

ps- James, Michael Harding and Juliarna have a residency singing great jazz on Fridays from 12-2pm at Seasons Bar and Deli in the main street in Riddells Creek. Please feel welcome to come on any Friday and enjoy the music, or indeed request some of your favourite tunes.
4 Station Street Riddells Creek. Phone: 5428 7501

Marilyn Keller returns to Australia

Keller, Marilyn 1
MARILYN KELLER, magnificent jazz, blues and gospel singer from Portland, Oregon returns to Australia this July following her highly successful tour last year.

Diana Allen of Jazz Australia will present Marilyn in two concerts – the first at the Uniting Church, Queenscliff on Friday 4 July at 5.00pm, and the second  at St Andrews Church, Brighton, corner of Church and New Streets, on Sunday 6 July,  1.30pm for 2.00pm.

When she performs in the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church, Brighton Marilyn will be accompanied by a stellar quintet of Australia’s leading jazz musicians. The group will be led by the great jazz pianist Stephen Grant, with Jonathan Hunt, clarinet, (from Adelaide and now Melbourne); Matt Jodrell, trumpet, (from Perth and now New York); Michelle Scully (previously performing under her maiden name of Whelan) on bass; and Ian Smith on drums.

Diana writes

: This time the venue which I have chosen for her will further enhance Marilyn’s amazing attributes to even greater effect and I consider that all those present will share an experience on July 6th that they will never forget. This is something we in Australia seldom have the chance to hear live and it will be a very special experience for all concerned. The musicians accompanying her are all unique in their own right and this collaboration with Marilyn will be something very special and not to be missed

Here Marilyn sings “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” in the magnificent eighteenth century Christian’s Church, Copenhagen in 2012

Marilyn, a majestic and beautiful woman with an extraordinary voice and riveting stage presence, has a spell-binding effect on audiences. Brought up in the Baptist Church where her father was an ordained minister, she was always a member of the choir. For the past 23 years and when she is not touring, she has been music coordinator for the ‘Augustana’ Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, that regularly attracts congregations of 700 plus!

Marilyn, a veteran of music and stage performance, has a career that regularly takes her around the world as a featured artist for concerts, festivals and recording work. She has also performed the role of the legendary Ma Rainey and sung for a ‘truth and reconciliation tribute’ to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

BOOKINGS for the Brighton concert can be made as follows:
By cheque to Jazz Australia, 25 Peterho Bvd, Point Lonsdale 3225 with a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets to be posted to you.
OR by credit card with Try Booking on line at Your tickets will be supplied on line.
Tickets: Adult/Concession. $45. Children free. GENERAL ADMISSION. Refreshments will be served at interval and a bar service will be available.

BOOKINGS for the Queenscliff concert can be made by cheque to Jazz Australia, 25 Peterho Bvd, Point Lonsdale 3225 with a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets to be posted to you, or by telephone to Jazz Australia, 5258 3936.
Tickets $50 includes hors doeuvres pre-concert & at interval.


To close, here Marilyn performs with Brett Iggulden’s group at John Buchanan’s Classic Jazz and Ragtime Festival at Mittagong in 2013

“Jazz on a Saturday” Favourites: Radio 3CR’s Annual Radiothon

FOUR of Victoria’s best known and best informed jazz aficionados – (from left to right) John Smyth, Roger Beilby, John Trudinger and Geoff Tobin – present the Victorian Jazz Club’s long-running weekly program, JAZZ ON A SATURDAY, on Community Radio 3CR 855AM every Saturday afternoon from 4.00pm – 5.30pm.

On Saturday June 14 the program will take part in 3CR’s annual fundraising radiothon which plays a crucial role in keeping the station on air and operating. This year is an especially critical one for all community radio stations, given current indications in the Federal Budget, so your support for “Jazz on a Saturday” and for 3CR as an alternative radio voice is far more important.

To make donating even more satisfying, the team has selected some of their favourite tracks played during the year, and produced a CD which will be sent free to supporters who give $30 or more to the cause. “Jazz on a Saturday Favourites 2014” will be the tenth in the series, and will not be available from any other source.

Last year’s gift CD had 21 tracks, including one of my favourite songs -“Breeze” by The Harlem Hot Shots with Wingy Manone (1935 – a good year!). Charlie Powell used to sing it in his unique style with the Louisiana Shakers. Click on the CD cover to hear the Manone version.

jazz sat fav 2013

So listen in on your wireless (855 AM), computer or other device ( on Saturday 14 June from 4.00pm-5.30pm and pledge your donation by phone (9419 8377).

“Jazz on a Saturday” first went to air just 3 months after the launch of 3CR in July 1976 with Roger Beilby at the microphone and John Smyth at the controls, and has continued for the next 37 years, same time, same sponsor (the VJC), and the same presenters, with the addition along the way of John Trudinger and Geoff Tobin. Each member of the team brings his own perspective on jazz, providing great diversity and depth to the weekly program.