Monthly Archives: January 2018

Diana Allen OAM

Great to see in today’s newspapers  the award of the Order Of Australia Medal to Diana Allen ” For services to Jazz Music “.  For over thirty years Diana and her organisation Jazz Australia have presented the cream of Australian and International traditional and mainstream jazz musicians at luncheon venues throughout Victoria.  The musicians who appeared under the Jazz Australia banner  represent a ” Who’s Who ” of the jazz world and Diana set the benchmark for the presentation of live jazz in comfortable settings for musicians and audiences with the support of excellent sound and lighting.  In semi-retirement Diana continues to present regular jazz performances on the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria. A well deserved honour for Diana and for Australian jazz.

The Famous Jazz Piano Lunches Resume Tomorrow

The famous Jazz Piano Lunches which were an important part of the Melbourne jazz scene for over twenty years ceased about two years ago. A group of Melbourne jazz piano lovers have revived the concept and the first jazz piano lunch will be held tomorrow the 25th of January 2018 in the Function Room at the East Malvern RSL between midday and about 3.00 pm. East Malvern RSL is set in parklands at 2 Stanley Grose Drive , East Malvern and is about 400 meters walk from the Darling Railway Station on the Glen Waverley line.
Each pianist will play a twenty minute solo bracket. Amongst those performing tomorrow will include Cathy Connor, Adam Rugear, James Mustafa, Keith Stevens , Jo Abbott, Andrew Farrell  and Ken Sumsion and we are sure others will be added to the list.
Entry is free and bookings are not required. Lunch can be ordered in the bistro and can be served in the Function Room while you enjoy the music.
The plan is for the piano lunches to be held every eight weeks and the next one is scheduled for the 22nd of March.

More details at :

Some January Jazz

Now that the dust has settled after a very successful 72nd Australian Jazz Convention in Ballarat it is great to have lots of live jazz in January in Melbourne. One of the highlights for fans of traditional jazz is the brief return to Australia of clarinettist & vocalist  Chris Tanner.

Originally from Melbourne Chris played clarinet with bands such as the Yarra Yarra Band, Allan Browne’s New Orleans Rascals, The Hoodangers and Virus.   He has been living and working as a very busy professional musician in Denmark for the last eight years and is back home in Melbourne for a short visit and will be performing at a couple of gigs here in Melbourne during his all too brief stay.

Next Friday the 12th of January at 9.30 pm he will be at the Paris Cat , 6 Goldie Lane Melbourne with Steven Grant trumpet , John Scurry guitar and Howard Cairns bass. Tickets $30.00 available from . Doors open at 9.00 pm.

On Wednesday the 17th of January between 7.30 & 10.00 pm he will be  reunited with Virus for a  special night of jazz  with  Julien Wilson on reeds, Matt Jodrell trumpet, John Scurry guitar, Howard Cairns bass and Lynn Wallis drums for the Victorian Jazz Club at the East Malvern RSL at 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern.  Doors open at 6.00 pm for dinner if you want. Admission for Victorian Jazz Club members is $15.00 and visitors is $20.00. You don’t have to be a member to attend, everybody is welcome.  Bookings advisable on 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or at

More details of Chris’ gigs can be found at

Thursday the 25th of January at East Malvern RSL will see the return of the famous Piano Lunches which were an important musical component of the Melbourne jazz scene from 1983 until 2014.  The piano lunches will be held in the Function Room at East Malvern between midday and approximately three pm commencing on the 25th of January and then bi monthly in March , May , July, September and November of this year.

Appearing  the first piano lunch will be Cathy Connor,  Adam Rudegeair,  James Mustafa,    Phil Carroll, Jo Abbott, Ken Sumsion and Max Teakle who will each  perform a twenty minute set.

East Malvern RSL  has an excellent bistro and meals will be served in the Function Room. There is no admission fees for the piano lunches and  bookings are not required .  Further details can be found at

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !