THERE is a long tradition of all-female bands in jazz. Frilly Knickers, which was the brainchild of tuba player Darryl-Clare Webb from Queensland is one such band.
One of the early members was Nicola Shaw (Qld.) a well-known trombone and tuba player.
Jacqui O’Neill (drums & washboard, leader) and Jaz Stutley, (vocals & kazoo) joined at the 2007 Australian Jazz Convention in Goulburn, NSW. They decided to make the band Victoria-based to facilitate playing other gigs, not solely Jazz Conventions.
The current line-up is Jacqui and Jaz; Jenny Wagstaff, (cornet, tenor sax); Kay Zhang (alto sax) Renee Limenidis (trombone), Lyn Thomas (keyboard), Dawn Houghton (banjo,) and Chris Farmer (bass). These musicians have varied backgrounds in jazz, cabaret, big band, brass band, blues and country, music teaching and music therapy.
Frilly Knickers have played at Maryborough in February 2011; Grampians Jazz Festivals; Merimbula Jazz Festivals; Australian Jazz Conventions at Lismore 2008, Melbourne 2009 and Orange 2010, and for the Darebin Music Festival and Phillip Island Jazz Club in 2010.
This last gig is about to be repeated on Sunday December 11th from 2-5pm in the Bass Room at the All Seasons Phillip Island Resort, 2128 Phillip Island Tourist Rd., Cowes. The performance will be preceded by a BBQ lunch/Jazz Club Christmas Breakup from 12.30-1.30pm. $11.00 per head (meal only). Phone Jill Boyce on 5952 6800 or 0417 416 300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
P.S. Yes – the band does have its own wine label; a Frilly Red Merlot and a Frilly White Sauvignon Blanc!