IF you can remember the 1960s’ late night jazz sessions at Frank Traynor’s Jazz and Folk Club on the corner of Exhibition and Little Lonsdale Streets – or if you’ve only heard tell of them – you will want to join Margret RoadKnight and Barry Wratten to relive those heady, youthful days of Melbourne jazz.
You can do this at a slightly different cafe (they have tables and chairs, and they finish at 11.00pm rather than start) – THE SURREY MUSIC CAFE at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill on Friday 30 November.
Barry will be leading his Crescent City Serenaders comprising jazz greats David Allardice on piano, Chris Ludowyk on trombone, Michael McQuaid on trumpet and reeds, John Scurry on guitar and banjo, Andy Ross on bass and Lynn Wallis on drums.
And if this wasn’t enough, legendary jazz, blues, gospel, folk singer Margret RoadKnight has just returned from New Orleans to perform with the band.
I’m feeling breathless and speechless already!
The program will be a virtual history of New Orleans jazz as it evolved from Gospel Hymns and Brass Band “second lines” and a mix of Ragtime and Blues.
This is one of those rare programs where everything is in the right place at the right time, and lovers of New Orleans jazz should make sure that they are there too.
Tickets $18 by phone 9262 6555 or on line at www.surreymusic.com.
Doors open at 7.30pm. Music starts at 8.00pm
And thanks to Barry Wratten, here’s a memento from those earlier days: Smacka Fitzgibbon, Jim Beale, Peter Mackay, Barry, and Frank Traynor accompanying Margret RoadKnight at the 1968 Port Phillip Folk Society Concert, Great Hall, University of Melbourne.