Monthly Archives: April 2018

Vale J Neville Turner

Melbourne law academic and jazz pianist J.Neville Turner died last Friday after a long illness.  For many years Neville  was an active and respected participant in the Jazz Piano lunches in Melbourne . His funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Church , Doncaster , next Thursday the 3rd of May 2018 at 10.00 am.

Dave Bailey & Gary Walford with the Dixie Heroes at East Malvern RSL next Wednesday the 18th of April

Just a reminder that the next  night of Jazz presented by the Victorian Jazz Club for 2018 at the East Malvern RSL will be next   Wednesday the 18th of April   between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with Melbourne musicians the Dixie Heroes with special guests Dave Bailey on clarinet and Gary Walford on piano.

The Dixie Heroes are well known musicians Ray Lewis on trombone, Richard Mander bass and     Lynn Wallis drums.

Dave Bailey travelled to Australia from the UK in 1965 and settled in well into the Melbourne jazz scene playing with all the best New Orleans style bands and recording with the Frank Turville band at Tony Standish’s legendary Heritage sessions before becoming a permanent member of the Yarra Yarra Band  and travelling with the band in 1970 for their first European tour. Dave remained in the UK playing clarinet and alto sax with traditional bands including Ken Colyer and touring with American cornet master Wild Bill Davison as well as bands led by drummer John Petters. He has lived in Germany for the last thirty years and is in Melbourne for a short holiday and is playing the one professional engagement next Wednesday for the Victorian Jazz Club.

Joining the band from Sydney on piano is Gary Walford who has been playing with the Geoff Bull Band for close to fifty years as well as leading the Unity Hall Jazz Band for decades.

A great night of  hot jazz , western swing, ballads , rhythm & blues and boogie  for dancers and listeners, not to be missed !

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !

Everybody is  welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members & East Malvern RSL members  – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or 9570 5884 or online at   


Coming up in the next few months at the East Malvern RSL will be :

Wednesday the 16th of May – Jaspers Jazz Hounds with guests Brett Iggulden on trumpet , saxes and vocals and Rachel Hamilton on piano plus Kay Younger on vocals. 

Wednesday the 20th of June – The Ashley Gaudion Sextet


New Orleans Comes To Melbourne This Sunday

Every Sunday New Orleans comes to Melbourne at the Clyde Hotel, Elgin Street Carlton between 1.00 and 4.00 pm with the Louisiana Shakers, a band that has been playing Down Home Revival Jazz for over thirty years. This Sunday the band will be John Kelly on clarinet, Les Fithall trombone & vocals , Tony Orr guitar & banjo, Peter Grey bass , Kevin Bolton drums and special guest Des Camm trumpet & vocals.