Monthly Archives: March 2017

Michael McQuaid’s New CD – Diaspora

Last Saturday night was a fantastic opportunity to hear one of Melbourne’s best bands – Michael McQuaid’s Late Hour Boys in full flight. Absolutely fabulous small group jazz reflecting the influence on Australian Jazz by the great Ade Monsbourgh. Michael McQuaid on trumpet & reeds, Jason Downes on reeds, Doug Rawson piano , John Scurry banjo & guitar, Richard Mander bass and Sandra Talty drums & vocals playing rarely heard Australian compositions such as Kelly’s Deal, Stomp Miss Hannah and the pop tunes that Ade loved such as We’ll Gather Lilacs.

A great opportunity too to purchase a copy of Michael’s brand new CD called Diaspora. Recorded in London in January 2017 Michael plays clarinet with American born Andrew Oliver who now resides in London on piano and Londoner Nicholas Ball on drums. The trio format really allows all three of these very talented musicians to stretch out individually and as a group on a great repertoire of jazz classics, some lesser know ballads and two of Michael’s own compositions Black Spur and the title track , Diaspora. Highly recommended and available at any good gig featuring the talents of Michael McQuaid.

Michael McQuaid’s Late Hour Boys – Saturday 25th March

A rare chance to hear some great small group jazz with a real Aussie flavour tomorrow night starting at 8.00 pm at the Clayton RSL , 163 Carinish Road, Clayton when the Victorian Jazz Club present Michael McQuaid and his Late Hour Boys.
Leading the band will be Michael McQuaid on reeds & trumpet, Jason Downes reeds, Doug Rawson piano , John Scurry banjo & guitar, Richard Mander bass & Sandra Talty drums.
You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend , everybody is welcome. Bookings on 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or online at

Wednesday Night Jazz At East Malvern RSL

Just a reminder that the next night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2017 at the East Malvern RSL ( 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern ) will be next Wednesday the 15th of March between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.
On stage will be John Hawes and Graeme Davies presenting Seven Up – a captain’s pick of dancing jazz from the great eras of jazz with John Hawes trumpet & vocals, Graeme Davies trombone & vocals, Cam Robbins clarinet & tenor, Chris Somerville piano, John Scurry banjo & guitar, Mike Zutenis bass and Ron Sandilands drums.
Wednesday the 19th of April – Peter Gaudion’s Blues Express with Peter Gaudion trumpet & vocals, Ashley Gaudion alto & tenor saxes & vocals, Jackie Gaudion vocals, Bob Sedergreen piano, James Clark bass and Rod Gilbert drums & vocals.
Wednesday the 17th of May – Julie O’Hara & Bopkick – Julie O’Hara vocals, Peter Baylor guitar, Dean Hilson tenor sax, Dale Lindrea bass & vocals, Lynn Wallis drums and piano – TBA
Bookings & Enquiries : 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or online at

Tony Standish



Lifelong champion of traditional jazz

Tony Standish, who has died aged 85, was a lifelong devotee of blues and traditional jazz who inspired many local record collections.

 By Rick Sjolund and Peter Haby

Tony Standish, whose lifelong enthusiasm for traditional jazz and blues inspired many a local record collection and who is remembered as a mentor to many, has died aged 85.

He was born in Richmond on December 7, 1931, the only son of Jack and Enid Standish. His early years were spent in Aspendale and he attended school at St Bede’s in Mentone.

Tony Standish, enthusiast for traditional blues and jazz Photo: Supplied

His interest in jazz began in the 1940s and he became friends with trumpeter Bob Barnard, whose band played at the Mentone Lifesaving Club. In 1949 Tony was a founding member of The Southern Jazz Society and contributed articles to Australia Jazz Quarterly. He also recorded the Alfrey Street Stompers in 1952 that featured the brothers Bob (trumpet) and Len Barnard (drums) and Nick Polities (alto sax), who would all go onto world acclaim in the field of traditional jazz.

In the mid-1950s Tony left Australia and travelled to America. After working in Canada to finance his travels, he and his friend Jim Hanna bought a car and travelled through the US and Mexico and eventually arrived in New Orleans.

Tony’s time in New Orleans was spent with some other jazz enthusiasts seeking out the bands associated with the “New Orleans Revival”. An American jazz enthusiast, Bill Russell, had started recording the traditional jazz bands still playing in New Orleans, and his recordings had aroused interest in the continuing jazz tradition.

Tony spent a lot of his time photographing the brass bands, places of historical importance to jazz history and general life in New Orleans. Many of the photos are now in the Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University in New Orleans. He also sent articles to Jazz Journal.


Tony then travelled to England. In London, he landed the dream job for a young jazz fan with journalistic ambitions, becoming assistant editor of Jazz Journal, England’s premier jazz magazine. Tony’s interviews with visiting blues and jazz musicians, such as Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim and members of the George Lewis and Kid Ory bands, are still cited today.

In 1959 he set up Heritage Records to reissue blues records from the 1920s and jazz recordings from the early 1950s of the George Lewis band from New Orleans.  He reissued titles by Charlie Patton, Memphis Minnie, Papa Charlie Jackson, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Ramblin’ Thomas. He also issued albums by Joel and Lightning Hopkins, The Black Ace, Snooks Eaglin and Buster Pickens. These later albums consisted of tracks recorded by researchers Mack McCormick and Chris Strachwitz in Texas and New Orleans during 1959 and 1960. These records were very influential in the English blues and jazz scene of the time and today they are highly regarded and very collectable.

In 1960 Standish also led the way when he co-published Eureka – The Magazine of New Orleans Jazz with fellow jazz historians Bill Colyer and Graham Russell.   It featured many articles by Standish and photos taken on his initial journey to the birthplace of jazz.

In 1963 he returned to Australia with his wife Barbara, who he met in England, and their daughter Kate.

Tony opened his Heritage Record Shop above Frank Traynor’s Folk Club in Little Lonsdale Street. It was only open on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, but soon became a meeting place for devotees of traditional jazz, blues and folk music.

For young enthusiasts, it was a slightly intimidating first experience as all the customers standing around talking seemed to know much more about the music.  However Tony was keen to pass his knowledge on and his recommendations helped form the start of many record collections. It was a great place to meet and after closing time, many of the customers went with Tony to the Continental Hotel to continue conversations about music, football, cricket and politics.

Tony was keen to pass his knowledge on and his recommendations helped form the start of many record collections

Tony started a jazz club in the Continental Hotel. The band featured Frank Turville on trumpet, who had recently returned from a successful tour of Europe as a member of the Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band.  Turville’s international reputation inspired Melbourne’s Yarra Yarra Jazz Band and Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz band in Sydney.

Standish recorded the Bull band in 1971.  His last release on his own label Heritage, now highly prized by collectors, was by the bluesman Smith Casey, an inmate at Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Texas, who recorded for the Library of Congress in 1939.

During this time Tony’s day job was assistant manager of Ramsay Surgical Medical Bookshop. He was promoted to manager and in 1975 decided to open his own medical bookshop with two of his colleagues. The bookshop, Standish Prideaux & Pye, opened just two doors down from the Ramsay shop in Berkeley Street, Carlton, very close to the Melbourne University Medical School. The shop became very successful and expanded into library supply.

Tony had friendly relationships with many medical librarians around Australia, contributing greatly to the success of the business. In 1995 he sold his share in the business to his remaining partner, Michael Prideaux.

Tony retired to Mount Martha and started a small mail-order record outlet, Standish & Co. This enabled him to re-establish his many contacts with traditional jazz collectors, and he imported many CDs that customers were having difficulty finding elsewhere. The internet also enabled him to contact his old friends from England, Europe and the United States.

Tony’s other great love was gardening, and he spent much time tending the native plants he was so enthusiastic about. He was also a long-suffering Richmond supporter who longed for a resurgence in the club’s fortunes.

Tony passed away on December 17, and is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Kate and Jane, and son Marty.

His passing was acknowledged by many overseas blues and New Orleans jazz collectors.

Labor Day Weeeknd 2017 Live Jazz

Labor Day Weekend Jazz 2017

 There will be plenty of live traditional jazz in and around Melbourne this week and over the Labor Day weekend. A sample is as follows :

Thursday… ( 9th March )

. Ruby Page & the Joe Ruberto Jazztet, Rising Sun Hotel , South Melbourne        6.30 – 9.30 pm

Over the Labor Day Long Weekend from Friday night through to Monday afternoon is the Inverloch Jazz Festival  with three venues. Program details


Sugarfoot Ramblers with Georgie Darvides  – Paris Cat , Melbourne – 9.30 pm

Eamon McNelis with Barry Wratten, Mark Fitzgibbon, Sam Anning & Lynn Wallis at the Uptown Café , 177 Brunswick Street , Fitzroy between 9.00 & 11.00 pm.


The 2017 Mussell Festival at South Melbourne Market from midday until late on Saturday and Sunday will feature live entertainment including Margie Lou Dyer, Simon Stribling, Paul Williamson, Shuffle Club, Horns of Leroy, the Pearly Shells and many more….

Sugarfoot Ramblers at the Victorian Jazz Club at Clayton RSL between 8.00 & 11.00 pm call 9874 8870 or


The Louisiana Shakers – Clyde Hotel , Elgin Street Carlton between 2.00 & 5.00 pm

New Melbourne Jazz Band – Royal Hotel , Upper Fern Tree Gully between 12.30 & 3.30 pm

Stevenson’s Rockets – Emerald Hotel , South Melbourne between 7.00 – 10.00 pm.

Margie Lou Dyer – Claypots St Kilda – 8.00 – 11.00 pm.

Wednesday ( 15th March )

The Victorian Jazz Club present the John Hawes – Graeme Davies 7 Up with John Hawes on trumpet & vocals , Graeme Davies trombone & vocals, Camm Robbins reeds, Chris Somerville piano, John Scurry guitar, Mike Zutenis bass and Ron Sandilands drums. At the East Malvern RSL, 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern from 7.30 until 10.00 pm. Bookings and enquiries 9874 8870 or online at


And that’s just some of the great live jazz around Melbourne this week !



100 Years Of Recorded Jazz

100 Years of Recorded Jazz

Last week the 26th of February marked the day when five young New Orleans musicians known as the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded the “ Livery Stable Blues “ at the Victor Talking Machine Co. in New York City in 1917. On the other side of the 78 was “ the Dixieland Jass Band One Step “. The record went on to be a million seller propelled jazz into the public consciousness .
The Original Dixieland Jass Band were an overnight sensation touring Europe performing a command performance for King George V amongst other society events.
Trumpeter with the band , Nick La Rocca, courted controversy by claiming that he was the “ creator of jazz “ and that jazz was the invention of white New Orleans musicians who influenced copyist African – American musicians. His derogatory remarks about African – American musicians are still regarded as valueless and inflammatory and much of the controversy surrounding his statements is currently debated in the contemporary music press and internet sites.
Last week John Smyth presented a radio special on Melbourne community radio station 3CR on those heady times and on the changes in jazz sounds and recording techniques and quality reflecting this fascinating story over the last century. John Smyth is a regular presenter of Jazz On A Saturday on radio 3CR ( 855 AM ) which has been sponsored by the Victorian Jazz Club for the last forty years between 4.00 & 5.30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. The show can be heard live on and his show on the last century of recorded jazz can still be heard on the 3CR website on audio on demand for the next 24 hours.