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Juliarna Clark at Dizzy’s on Friday 20 June

Juliarna and James Clark

Juliarna and James Clark

Juliarna Cleal & the Heartjazz Statesmen are taking their musical wares to the Dizzy’s Jazz Club (381 Burnley St, Richmond, ) this Friday, 20 June 2014. They invite you to come and join them for some swinging tunes.

Music starts at 9.00pm, but the venue is open for drinks and tasty meals from 5:30pm. Phone 9428 1233 for reservations or enquiries.


Musicians are

Stephen Grant (cornet),
Doug DeVries (guitar),
Rory Clarke (piano),
James Clark (double bass) and
Rod Gilbert (drums). What a smoking lineup. Juliarna is one happy singer!

Follow Juliarna on her website:

ps- James, Michael Harding and Juliarna have a residency singing great jazz on Fridays from 12-2pm at Seasons Bar and Deli in the main street in Riddells Creek. Please feel welcome to come on any Friday and enjoy the music, or indeed request some of your favourite tunes.
4 Station Street Riddells Creek. Phone: 5428 7501

Marilyn Keller returns to Australia

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MARILYN KELLER, magnificent jazz, blues and gospel singer from Portland, Oregon returns to Australia this July following her highly successful tour last year.

Diana Allen of Jazz Australia will present Marilyn in two concerts – the first at the Uniting Church, Queenscliff on Friday 4 July at 5.00pm, and the second  at St Andrews Church, Brighton, corner of Church and New Streets, on Sunday 6 July,  1.30pm for 2.00pm.

When she performs in the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church, Brighton Marilyn will be accompanied by a stellar quintet of Australia’s leading jazz musicians. The group will be led by the great jazz pianist Stephen Grant, with Jonathan Hunt, clarinet, (from Adelaide and now Melbourne); Matt Jodrell, trumpet, (from Perth and now New York); Michelle Scully (previously performing under her maiden name of Whelan) on bass; and Ian Smith on drums.

Diana writes

: This time the venue which I have chosen for her will further enhance Marilyn’s amazing attributes to even greater effect and I consider that all those present will share an experience on July 6th that they will never forget. This is something we in Australia seldom have the chance to hear live and it will be a very special experience for all concerned. The musicians accompanying her are all unique in their own right and this collaboration with Marilyn will be something very special and not to be missed

Here Marilyn sings “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” in the magnificent eighteenth century Christian’s Church, Copenhagen in 2012

Marilyn, a majestic and beautiful woman with an extraordinary voice and riveting stage presence, has a spell-binding effect on audiences. Brought up in the Baptist Church where her father was an ordained minister, she was always a member of the choir. For the past 23 years and when she is not touring, she has been music coordinator for the ‘Augustana’ Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, that regularly attracts congregations of 700 plus!

Marilyn, a veteran of music and stage performance, has a career that regularly takes her around the world as a featured artist for concerts, festivals and recording work. She has also performed the role of the legendary Ma Rainey and sung for a ‘truth and reconciliation tribute’ to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

BOOKINGS for the Brighton concert can be made as follows:
By cheque to Jazz Australia, 25 Peterho Bvd, Point Lonsdale 3225 with a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets to be posted to you.
OR by credit card with Try Booking on line at Your tickets will be supplied on line.
Tickets: Adult/Concession. $45. Children free. GENERAL ADMISSION. Refreshments will be served at interval and a bar service will be available.

BOOKINGS for the Queenscliff concert can be made by cheque to Jazz Australia, 25 Peterho Bvd, Point Lonsdale 3225 with a stamped self-addressed envelope for your tickets to be posted to you, or by telephone to Jazz Australia, 5258 3936.
Tickets $50 includes hors doeuvres pre-concert & at interval.


To close, here Marilyn performs with Brett Iggulden’s group at John Buchanan’s Classic Jazz and Ragtime Festival at Mittagong in 2013

The Syncopators at Stonnington: 30 year celebration

FROM 15- 25 May 2014 STONNINGTON JAZZ will be in its 7th, 8th or 9th year of presenting 100% Australian jazz (depending on which publicity you read). But whatever the time frame Stonnington Jazz has become a firmly established event on the jazz calendar with its broad program ranging from established to just starting out Australian jazz performers in all varieties of the genre, and in 8 different venues in the Malvern, Prahran, South Yarra areas.

The Syncopators

The Syncopators

Amongst many headliner events this year will be an absolute ripper: The Syncopators 30th year anniversary concert on Saturday 24 May at 8.00pm at the Malvern Town Hall, 1251 High Street, Malvern, with very special guests – the great Bob Barnard on trumpet and vocalist/violinist, Fem Belling.

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One of Australia’s best, and best-loved traditional jazz bands, The Syncopators, will present this concert exclusively for Stonnington Jazz. Original frontline players Peter Gaudion (trumpet, vocals), Richard Miller (clarinet, saxophone, vocals) and Chris Ludowyk (trombone, vocals) will be joined for this milestone celebration by Steve Grant (piano), Peter Baylor (guitar, banjo), James Clark (bass, tuba) and Rod Gilbert (drums, vocals).

The setup will be cabaret format with tables of 10, unallocated seating. Bookings can be made singly or in groups but first in – best dressed for the choicest tables. Nibbles will be provided and there is a bar facility.

Click here to buy tickets or call 03 8290 7000. $30/$22 concession.

The Syncopators have played all the major jazz festivals around Australia, made numerous tours of Europe, released over 20 albums (including a Bell Award winner) and won countless fans with their entertaining combination of traditional jazz classics, swing staples, early R&B and some in-the-idiom originals.

See a preview of The Syncopators in performance playing here in Dortmund, Germany in 2010

The rest of the two weeks Stonnington Jazz program includes many other treats which may catch your fancy. Click here for the complete program.

Juliarna Clark and the Heartjazz Statesmen

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JULIARNA CLARK and friends (and what friends – see below!) have a lovely gig coming up at “Harmony Row” vineyard, 362 Pipers Creek-Pastoria Road, Pastoria East near Kyneton, on Saturday 24 May 2014.

The afternoon includes a superb lunch at 12.30pm, followed by a performance of tunes from Juliarna’s latest CD (Sugar Blues) plus a selection of other jazz gems. The band features some of Melbourne’s finest Jazz Muso’s, most of whom played on the recording itself.

Stephen Grant, trumpet
Richard Miller, clarinet
Joe Ruberto, piano
Peter Hooper, banjo
James Clark, double bass
Hugh Harvey, drums

Tickets are $55 which includes a delicious two course meal, tea/coffee.
For bookings: (03) 5423 5286 Facsimile: (03) 5423 5280 or 0400 804 855

More info & samples of the CD are available on Juliarna’s website:


Juliarna Cleal-Clark CD launch

clealcropSINGER Juliarna Cleal will launch her latest CD, SUGAR BLUES at The Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, CBD on Friday 7 February at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $15, from, and CDs will be available at launch.

Juliarna’s collaborators on the disc and at the launch are The Heartjazz Statesmen. You may not know the band, but you’ve certainly heard of the musicians in it: Stephen Grant (trumpet), Richard Miller (clarinet), Michael Harding (piano), Peter Hooper (banjo), James Clark (bass), and Rod Gilbert (drums). As the poster says, “A group of masterful players.”

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The album is the result of Juliarna’s love affair with fun and quirky jazz tunes. “Heartjazz to me means things that make your heart sing; these songs and these musicians really do,” says Juliarna. “This album will appeal to a large portion of music lovers. Jazz traditionalists will appreciate some of the fabulous old tunes such as Clarence William’s Sugar Blues, Louis Jordan’s Barnyard Boogie, and Fats Waller’s That Ain’t Right. Devotees will love Stephen Grant’s outstanding trumpet contributions, and anyone who loves music and has a pulse will enjoy the band’s handling of such groovy greats as Comes Love and Once Too Often.”
Listen to a grab of Comes Love by clicking on the picture below.

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The CD is a labour of love and a family affair. James Clark, well known bass player and sound engineer of this album, is Juliarna’s husband. They met in 2009, when James mastered her debut solo jazz CD ESPRESSO, still a favourite on local radio’s jazz programs.

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SUGAR BLUES is the result of dogged determination as well as creative inspiration. The last few tunes were recorded whilst the birth of their second child was overdue last November.

James and Jules with baby Montgomery in December 2013

James and Jules with baby Montgomery in December 2013

Juliarna is a singer who is comfortable in a number of styles: her voice has been variously described as “luscious”, “lyrical” and “joyous”. The warmth of her personality and presence make an instant connection with her audience. They shine through on this CD.

She is a regular at The Paris Cat, may be heard doing live spots with her band on local radio, particularly 3MBS FM and Highlands FM, and at other gigs around town. She recently sang for a conference of Loreto nuns at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond.

Here she sings with Rebecca Harris Mason as the duo Kingsville.

And finally, we may be seeing the continuation of the Clark musical dynasty: James’s dad is Ollie Clark, Fred is his uncle, and by the look of it, Amelia Clark (aged 2) is already making her mark at the microphone.

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