David Gardner Quartet @ the Bentleigh Club: the Benny Goodman/ Artie Shaw Story

Goodman, Gardner, Shaw

THIS weekend not everyone is heading to Wangaratta for the Jazz and Blues Festival, or being involved in the Spring Racing Carnival knees up.  If you’re one of these, here’s a last minute suggestion for a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon with one of our best interpreters of the music  of the Shaw/Goodman swing era.

When Diana Allen moved to Point Lonsdale three years ago to ‘semi retire’, she envisaged occasionally bringing Melbourne bands to the Bellarine Peninsula, but had not considered doing the reverse and bringing Geelong bands to Melbourne! This is what she is doing this Sunday, 4 November at the Bentleigh Club, Yawla Street, Bentleigh.

The David Gardner quartet, led by virtuoso clarinetist David, will present a program of the sensational music which personifies the Swing Era. This is music which will remain fresh and exciting to listen to forever, but you seldom hear it played live anymore.

The other members of this superb Quartet are also all star players. They are John Shawcross on piano, Zac Barter on double bass and Daniel Zampatti on drums. David himself has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, James Morrison, Don Burrows, members of the Glen Miller alumni band and with various international musicians visiting Australia. Amongst other venues, the Quartet has starred at the famous Spiegeltent.

David, like most jazz clarinetists, has been intrigued with Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw ever since he began playing clarinet, and also the sensational music they made so famous such as Begin the Beguine, Frenesi, Stardust, Avalon, Sing Sing Sing, Running Wild, Body and Soul, Rose Room and Stealin’ Apples amongst others.

Incidentally David featured with Steve Sedergreen on the sound track for one of the Miss Fisher Mysteries playing “Rose Room”, arranged by composer Jonathan Dreyfus. Click on Phrynne to hear them.

Although there was always rivalry between Shaw and Goodman, they were both geniuses in their own distinct way. David Gardner has delved into their histories and come up with fascinating stories about both musicians. This will be an afternoon of very special music played by four great musicians.

They will begin playing a little earlier than usual on the 4th due to commitments later in the day, so guests are asked to arrive earlier than usual at 11.30 am for a midday start. The first hour will be devoted to the music of Artie Shaw followed by an hour for lunch at 1.00 pm, and the Benny Goodman story beginning at 2.00 pm.

Luncheon and Show on November 4th are $65 per head and can be paid for by direct bank transfer to the Jazz Australia account at CBA Hawthorn, BSB 063 138. Account number 1001 3193 or pay at the door. In either case, please ring Diana Allen on 5258 3936 to book your place.

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