Bob Barnard’s Jazz Scrapbook: perfect present for jazz lover

CHRISTMAS is coming and the goose is getting fat (although I must confess that in my long and eerie life I’ve never had goose for Christmas). Anyhow it’s time to start thinking about the perfect present for that special person in your life.

If that person is a jazz lover, here’s a suggestion for a great stocking stuffer: BOB BARNARD’S JAZZ SCRAPBOOK compiled by Bob with his daughter Loretta.

Musically, Bob’s been everywhere, played at every jazz festival, and with great musicians near and far. And lucky for us, he’s saved photographs, programs, tickets, newspaper articles and other ephemera from his illustrious career which less perceptive folk might have thrown away. These have been sorted and linked together with lively text to tell the story of a life full of the joy of jazz.

The book is in five sections:
The Early Years
The Bands, The Leaders, The Music
My Band and More…
The Trumpet Players
Going Solo

… and some stuff from the Barnard Family archive for good measure.

The blurb says that there are over 375 pictures in 200 pages, covering Bob’s beginnings to the present. Here’s some of the beginnings!

The Original Alfrey Street Stompers 1952.
Ross Fusedale, Len, Bob, Tony Standish and Warwick Dyer.

Bob with Turk Murphy at the 33rd Jazz Convention in Adelaide in 1978

Think of an Australian, American or European jazz musician and they are likely to be represented in this entertaining book.

It would be ideal for post Christmas dinner reminiscing, for bedtime reading, for getting out when your neighbour insists on showing the latest pics of their grandchildren, or for sharing with jazz friends over a glass of red or whatever you fancy.

Cost from the Victorian Jazz Archive is $39.95 plus $5 packing and postage, or collect from the Archive, Koomba Park, 15 Mountain Highway, Wantirna on Tuesday or Friday between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

Telephone: 9800 5535
Postal address: PO Box 6007, Wantirna Mall. VIC 3152

And while you’re at it, there’s a good representation of Bob and Len Barnard recordings in the Archive shop which would make a fantastic present perfect! Check the shop catalogue on

To continue the Christmas theme, here’s Bob in Proserpine with a camel (off page). Click on the picture and listen to the Bob Barnard Quartet playing “Blue Christmas”.

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2 responses to “Bob Barnard’s Jazz Scrapbook: perfect present for jazz lover

  1. I have received so much pleasure through the anecdotes and pictures featured in this ” Scrap Book “. Many memories.

  2. Great post Jane! I shall have to get me one of these for the bookshelf.

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