LAST Saturday night – 24 September – Geoff Bull (trumpet) and Gary Walford (piano) both from Sydney came to Melbourne to play for the Victorian Jazz Club at the Clayton RSL. This is the second visit to the VJC in less than 12 months for this massively talented pair.
Geoff Bull is one of Australia’s best New Orleans style jazz trumpeters, with 50 years of playing and touring experience in Australia, Europe, Japan, England, New Zealand, and of course New Orleans where he is a welcome visitor and performer.
Gary Walford, the piano-man, is a Sydney icon where he has been playing at the Unity Hall Hotel, Balmain for 40 years, give or take a few, and graces many a festival and jazz club stage. His style is a mixture of boogie, stride, New Orleans and swing, but whatever he plays, it’s electrifying.
And to add to the joy of the evening, the supporting band was made up of local heroes Dave Hetherington (clarinet/ tenor sax), Hugh de Rosayro (trombone), Peter Grey (double bass), Ashley Keating (banjo), and Allan Browne (drums). Here’s a group portrait of the band taken by Ron Jobe, photographer to the stars.
You could write a book about any one of them.
And here’s a video of them playing ALWAYS. Look out at the end for Allan Browne’s individual drumming style. He is a “legend” in several different jazz genres and is always moving into fresh fields, both as a musician and as a composer.