Andrew Nolte and his Orchestra: authentic flapper dance music

Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher

SINCE the delectable Phryne Fisher hit our TV screens, the flapper age (the 1920s) has become a focus of fascination – the clothes, the music, the cars, the casual sex.

Well, Andrew Nolte’s Orchestra plays the sort of music that Phryne would have danced to. With a dedication to authenticity and musical brilliance being a primary focus, the band makes every attempt at breathing new life into what was some of the most exuberant and sophisticated music of the 20th Century.

Andrew Nolte Orchestra

You have the chance to hear Andrew Nolte’s 7 piece orchestra on Saturday 16 June at OPEN STUDIO, 204 High Street, Northcote. Doors open at 8.00pm and there is a $10 cover charge.

Andrew Nolte with his tenor banjo

Andrew is a long-term aficionado of pre-bebop jazz, with a particular interest in the hot dance bands of the 1920s.

His playing shows great energy and a true understanding of the idiom, whether on his 1929 Paramount tenor banjo or his 1930s-style acoustic guitar.

Andrew carries his obsession through to his authentic 1920s-style suits, hats and of course, his car – a 1926 Ford tourer.

Nolte with car

To get some idea of the sound of the Orchestra, here is a clip from YouTube taken at a Victorian Jazz Club gig at the Clayton RSL. They play Black Bottom which was a very popular dance in the 1920s.

As well as leading his own orchestra, Andrew is a member of Michael McQuaid’s highly successful Red Hot Rhythmakers who will have their next “Hop Off” gig on Saturday 9 June at the Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria Street, Brunswick. Special guests: Ian Smith, Eugene Ball and Sandra Talty. 9pm to 11.30pm.
Book on line at for $10. At the door, $15. To book for a delicious meal, ring 9387 6637.

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