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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 www.vjc.org.au.   

 

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.

The Famous Jazz Piano Lunches

A group of Melbourne jazz piano lovers have revived the concept of the famous Jazz Piano Lunches which were such an important part of the Melbourne live jazz scene for about thirty years until they ceased two years ago .

The first of the new Lunches was held on the 25th of January 2018 in the Function Room at the East Malvern RSL and was an overwhelming success with many of the audience chatting and lingering over drinks an hour after the music finished.

The next Piano Lunch will be held  between midday and about 3.00 pm on Thursday  the 22nd  of March. East Malvern RSL is set in parklands at 1 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. Among those performing on the 22nd  will be Cathy Connor,  Keith Stevens , Jo Abbott, Ade Ishs, Ron Anderson, Ken Cowan and Kim Harris 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 24th of May.

More details at :  https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com

Kid Claypot’s Happy Pals at East Malvern

On Wednesday week the 14th of March the Victorian Jazz Club is very proud to present  Kid Claypot’s Happy Pals between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.

On stage will be Margie Lou Dyer on piano & vocals ,  Eugene Ball trumpet,  Barry Wratten clarinet, Grant Arthur trombone,  John Scurry banjo & guitar ,  Howard Cairns bass &  Hayley                           Miro – Browne washboard .    

Why Kid Claypot ? I’ll  let Barry Wratten answer that question :

“ When Geoff invited me to take a spot in his innovative program of bands at East Malvern, I took it as an opportunity to create something fun & quite different.

For the past couple of years I’ve had the great pleasure to work a little with Margie Lou at her regular long-running Sunday evening gig at the Claypots Bar in St Kilda.

Margie Lou & I go back some time  .. 50 years or so as it happens …

So this is a little project steeped in layers of nostalgia and enlivened by all the wonderful musical influences & experiences that we’ve each gathered between then & now.

When I was 16 and beginning with my first clarinet, Dennis Ball was my “ go to” for inspiration & sometimes direction. (His teacher whom he recommended, became mine). At East Malvern we’ll be led by Mr. “Kid Claypot” himself, Eugene Ball.

Circles, continuity, family, connections … we have a great family tradition with Jazz in Melbourne and it’s forever growing. It grounds the music, giving it strength & depth. John Scurry, Howard Cairns & I have worked extensively together ever since I returned from New Orleans. They require no introduction.

Hayley Miro-Brown will be keeping them in line from her place at the washboard. Hayley inherits a great musical heritage which shows in her love for being in the moment.

Y’all have come to know trombonist Grant Arthur through his numerous appearances at VJC events at Clayton & East Malvern. He’s a very funny guy & a great multi-instrumentalist.

So … “Kid Claypot”?

In those heady days of the early ‘60’s, we bought our Folkways 12” vinyls at Discurio Records at a reimagined old pub building on the cnr of Russel & Bourke.

One such album, that of “Kid Clayton’s Happy Pals” a recording band of New Orleans veteran musicians of considerable renown & ability was one of my earliest discoveries.

The music is loose, hot & swinging and full of natural passion.

Such inspiration has held us in good stead down through the years, and across the generations here, and the play on words was too hard to resist. “

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

Doors open for dinner in the Jazz Room at 6.00 pm . Music starts at 7.30 pm.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or       0425 735 428 or 9570 5884 or on  vjc.org.au.   

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

Come along , enjoy hot & swinging live jazz and spread the word !

 

 

 

 

Live Jazz Returns To East Malvern RSL for 2018

The 2018 live jazz year at East Malvern RSL got off to a flying start on the 17th of January with the chance to welcome home clarinettist Chris Tanner who was in town for an all too short visit. Somehow we managed to shoe horn 150 excited jazz lovers in to the Function Room at the RSL which normally seats 120 comfortably. A fabulous night of music thanks to Chris along with fellow Virus members Julien Wilson , Matt Jodrell, John Scurry , Howard Cairns and Lynn Wallis ended with two great encores and a standing ovation.
The 25th of January saw the return of the famous jazz piano lunches. Despite the distractions of the Australian Open the day saw an audience of about 65 jazz piano fans enjoy 20 minute sets from seven leading jazz pianists and the next piano lunch will be held at East Malvern on Thursday the 22nd of March. Further details can be found on https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com/ .
One of the highlights of the 2017 Wednesday jazz program at East Malvern was the tribute to the Cotton Club musicians, singers and dancers from Danni and Ian Smith and the Scallywags. Our next presentation at East Malvern RSL will be at 7.30 pm on Wednesday the 21st of February will see the welcome return of Danni and Ian Smith and the Scallywags.
On stage will be Danni Smith vocals , Ian Smith & Stephen Grant trumpets, Ashley Gaudion saxes, Doug Rawson piano, John Cox guitar & banjo, James Clark bass & the legendary Wes Brown on drums .
Eight of Australia’s jazz musicians who will be presenting a night of red hot Dixieland , Blues & Ballads which will be a special treat for listeners and dancers alike.
You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club or the East Malvern RSL to join in the fun. Everybody is welcome. For Victorian Jazz Club & East Malvern RSL members entry is $15.00 & for visitors & guests $20.00.
Doors open in the Jazz Room at 6.00 for dinner …music starts at 7.30 pm
Bookings are recommended . For bookings & enquiries call Rhonda on 9874 8870 or Elspeth on 0425 735 428 .

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 :  https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com

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 pariscat.com.au . 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 www.vjc.org.au.

More details of Chris’ gigs can be found at www.christanner.dk.

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 https://jazzpianoluncheons.wordpress.com.

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Polites

Nick Polites, Melbourne clarinetist will retire soon from playing jazz at the tender age of 90. Born in Melbourne on the 2nd of July 1927 Nick took up the clarinet as a teenager and played at the First Australian Jazz Convention in Melbourne in 1946 with the Jazz Appreciation Society Band and with John Sangster’s Band , the Allfrey Street Stompers and Frank Johnson’s Fabulous Dixielanders from 1951 to 1956.  In 1957 he joined trombonist Llew Hird in the band that would become the legendary Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band. The MNOJB had a hugely successful tour of the United Kingdom and Northern Europe over eighteen months before disbanding in early 1963.  He then traveled to New Orleans for a lengthy stay before returning to Melbourne where he has been a mainstay of the New Orleans Revival style of jazz ever since.  Bands he has played with for lengthy periods include the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band, the Nick Polites Stompers, Hugh de Rosayro’s Nite Owls and for the last thirty years , the Louisiana Shakers.  The clarinet chair in the Shakers will be taken over by John Kelly. A former trustee of the Australian Jazz Convention and past president of the Victorian Jazz Club, Nick has performed at just about each of the past 71 Australian Jazz Conventions and will do so at the 72nd AJC this year at Ballarat.

Nick will play his final Sunday gig with the Louisiana Shakers on Sunday the 24th of December between 1.00 & 4.00 pm at the Clyde Hotel , Carlton.  A fitting opportunity for the Melbourne jazz community to farewell a great musician who has given so much to traditional jazz in this country. 

East Malvern RSL Jazz Christmas Breakup – Wednesday 6th December – Creole Bells

                                                      Our Christmas breakup for the 2017 East Malvern program will be on Wednesday week the 6th of December featuring the masters of classic jazz , the Creole Bells Revival Band who will be presenting two hours of hot jazz from the 1920s and 30s through to the compositions from the 1940s onwards of the Australian jazz pioneers such as Graeme & Roger Bell, Ade Monsbourgh and Frank Johnson. The Creole Bells are led by Steve Waddell on trombone & vocals along with Bob Pattie cornet, Graeme Pender reeds , Tony Orr banjo , guitar & vocals, Doug Rawson piano and Alan Stott sousaphone.
Everybody is welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.
Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !
Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.
Doors open for dinner in the Jazz Room at 6.00 pm . Music starts at 7.30 pm.
Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries : 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428.
The 2018 East Malvern jazz season will open on Wednesday the 17th of January 2018 with the return from Denmark of Melbourne born musician Chris Tanner for a reunion with the legendary Virus.