Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Maple Leaf forever: legendary favourites together again at Williamstown

Bob Whetstone

Bob Whetstone

LOOKING ahead to October, here’s a date to put on your calendar!

On Sunday 26 October the Williamstown Jazz Club will present a rare return to the platform of the Maple Leaf Jazz Band.

Kim Rushworth, the sole surviving member of the original 1974 band, and Bob Whetstone, a very early Maple Leaf luminary(1981) will be joined by some more recent additions to present that special brand of musical delight and mayhem which earned this band the adoration of the hundreds of fans who, during the ’70s and 80s, regularly crammed into pubs like the Canada Hotel,  the Stockade in Nicholson Street Carlton, the Spreadeagle, the Anchor and Hope, the Victoria (Pink Vic) and the Portsea Hotel to see and hear them.

Kim Rushworth

Kim Rushworth

Not only does the Maple Leaf play great jazz, they also entertain, with Bob and Kim doing a highly professional two-man act, leading each other on to taller and taller, and gutsier and gutsier tales.

The line-up on this occasion will be Bob Whetstone, trumpet/vocals; Kim Rushworth, reeds/vocals; Les Fithall, trombone/vocals; John Cox, banjo/guitar; Dan Gordon, bass/ possibly tuba; and Ben Rushworth, drums.

John Cox and Les Fithall

John Cox and Les Fithall

The Williamstown Jazz Club’s venue is the Williamstown RSL, 128 Ferguson St, Williamstown. The band will play from 4pm to 7pm.

Book early so as not to miss out on this special event. Bookings 9397 1885.    $15 entry.

Ben Rushworth

Ben Rushworth

Big Bob and Dan Gordon

“Big Bob” and Dan Gordon

The Wombats re-unite at the Rosstown

The Wombats' final night at the Elsternwick Hotel on 16 December 2013 Bill Kerr, Tony Orr, Ken Collins, Judy Taylor, Ian Smith (obscured), Simon Stribling, Jacqui O'Neill

The Wombats’ final night at the Elsternwick Hotel on 16 December 2013
Bill Kerr, Tony Orr, Ken Collins, Judy Taylor, Ian Smith (obscured), Simon Stribling, Jacqui O’Neill

THERE was much sorrow in the ranks when the beloved Wombats Jazz Band played their final gig at the Elsternwick Hotel at the end of last year, so it is with pleasure that I remind you that The Wombats will come together again to play at The Rosstown Hotel in Carnegie on Sunday 24 August from 2pm to 5pm.

The lineup will be most of the usual suspects: Bill Kerr – reeds, Ken Collins – trumpet, Judy Taylor – piano, Alan Stott – sousaphone, Jacqui O’Neill – washboard and Tony Orr on banjo. Ian “Smithy” Smith has a regular commitment on Sundays so his place will be taken in the rhythm section by Alan Stott who incidentally was an original member of the band and wrote the words for the group’s theme song, The Wombat.

The program will be all the usual Australian jazz compositions for which the band was established: Ade Monsbourgh, Graeme and Roger Bell, Dave Dallwitz, Jack O’Hagan etc.

For all you Wombat fans, this is a rare chance to enjoy your favourite band again, and to revel in their lively and engaging personality and stage presence.

As previously announced, jazz will be located upstairs in the function room with a door charge of $10, or $5 on presentation of a Bistro lunch receipt. Coffee/Tea can be ordered at the bar upstairs as well as other beverages. Doors open at 1.30pm.

Bookings are still essential, however there are no reserved seats. On the other hand, there are none of the obscuring pillars which made the downstairs room so unfriendly for good sightlines to the band.
FOR BOOKINGS PHONE 9571 1033

New Trad Jazz Gig at the Rising Sun

rising sun hotel
A NEW Trad Jazz Gig is always welcome news, so it’s great to hear that The Rising Sun Hotel at 2 Raglan Street, South Melbourne is adding to its existing very successful JAZZ ON THURSDAYS, and BIG BAND on Tuesdays with a TRAD JAZZ RESIDENCY on Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Bands have been booked up to the end of December 2014, and include Michael McQuaid’s Mike’s Retro 5, The Syncopators, Shirazz, Virus, The Sugarfoot Ramblers, and The Four Scoops (Ben Gillespie, trombone/vocals; Lynn Wallis, drums; Craig Fermanis, guitar; Mark Elton, string bass). Check out The Ramble’s Coming Gigs page for monthly details.

Here are The Sugarfoot Ramblers if you haven’t caught up with them yet.

Daniel Berry, James Macaulay, Jason Downes, Travis Wood, Marty Holubek, Brett Thompson

Daniel Berry, James Macaulay, Jason Downes, Travis Wood, Marty Holubek, Brett Thompson