LAST Sunday we went to the Rosstown Hotel to hear The Shuffle Club. They were their brilliant selves with a couple of alterations to the regular lineup: Ash Gaudion was on alto sax and Rod Gilbert on drums, but for a change we had Sam Lemann on guitar and Phil Rex on double bass. The fact that they had been playing at The Famous Spiegeltent until all hours of the morning (only 1 hour’s sleep!) didn’t dampen their vibrancy one iota.
Halfway through the afternoon, we had the added pleasure of hearing two sitins – Bob Whetstone on trumpet and UK visitor David Horniblow on clarinet. Here are three videos that I took of this combination.
GOIN’ TO CHICAGO, the Count Basie blues about the massive migration north by African Americans.
SEE SEE RIDER, a traditional 12 bar blues made famous originally by Ma Rainey in the 1920s. Shows off the blues skills of the whole band – isn’t Sam Lemann one of the best blues guitarists in town!
Finally SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, with Bob scatting
Bob and David will be playing with John Morrison’s Moonee Valley Jazz Band for the Williamstown Jazz Club at Williamstown RSL cnr Ferguson and Melbourne Roads, Williamstown tomorrow afternoon – March 24 – between 4pm and 7pm. Ring 9311 3349 to book.