Celebration of Australian Traditional Jazz

Diana Allen

Diana Allen

IN August this year, jazz impresario Diana Allen spent a week on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island.  Diana reported: The island itself is a superb and unique experience, but added to this was the pure joy of having IAN SMITH’S INTERNATIONAL ALLSTARS entertaining us every evening…which reulted in a seriously world class experience.

Diana now wants to share a little of this indulgence by presenting IAN SMITH’S INTERNATIONAL ALLSTARS at one of her deservedly famous jazz lunches on Sunday November 13th at the Bentleigh Club, Yawla Street, Bentleigh. Midday for 12.30pm.

When you see the lineup for this band, you will understand why Diana believes that it is one of the best traditional jazz bands in Australia, ideally suited to perform a program of Australian jazz classics.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith, trumpet

Chris Ludowyk

Chris Ludowyk, trombone

Jason Downes

Jason Downes, reeds

Leigh Barker

Leigh Barker, bass

John Adams

John Adams, piano

Peter Baylor

Peter Baylor, guitar

Richard Opat

Richard Opat, drums

What Ian Smith plans to do is select at least two tunes which were made famous in the 1940s and 50s by the Bell Band, Frank Johnson’s Fabulous Dixielanders, Len Barnard’s Famous Jazz Band, Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers, and so on.

He will then move on to the Jazz Revival era of the 60s which brought us such bands as the Yarra Yarras, the Red Onions, the New Harlem, Steve Waddell’s Creole Bells, Fred Parkes’ Rhythm Kings and the New Rhythm Kings, the Melbourne Dixieland Jazz Band, and Smacka Fitgibbon’s various ensembles, amongst others.

Australian traditional jazz became famous throughout the world beginning with the Graeme Bell Band’s inspiring postwar tour of Europe in 1948, and followed by many others, including the Louisiana Shakers, Tom Baker’s various bands, Hotter than Six, Fireworks, the New Melbourne, the Creole Bells, and of course the Syncopators, now on their 15th tour of Europe.

These bands put Australia on the world jazz map.  It will be a thrill to hear the repertoires of these legendary groups  reinterpreted by today’s master trad. jazz musicians (some of whom played way back then as youngsters, of course!)

FOR a memorable afternoon of GREAT JAZZ get on the phone to Diana (5258 3936) and book your places.  A two course lunch and show will cost you $65 per person.  Payment by cheque to 25 Peterho Boulevard, Point Lonsdale. 3225. If you prefer, you can pay by bank transfer to Jazz Australia. BSB: 063 138 Account No: 1001 3193.






































And just to remind you what the Bell Band sounded like back in 1949 when it burst upon Melbourne and the world, below is a Swaggie recording of the band playing WOLVERINE BLUES.

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