WHILE many lucky musos and fans are off at the Merimbula Jazz Festival (and some less lucky are having trouble getting through the floods), here are a few jazz events on in Melbourne to keep the rest of us warm and happy. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is still on until Sunday 10 June, and you can find the program on their website. http://www.melbournejazz.com
Saturday 9 June: MICHAEL McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers, “Hop Off”, at the Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria Street, Brunswick. 9.00pm 9388 0830.
Cover Charge: $10 online from www.jasondownes.com/hopoff or $15 at the door.
Sunday 10 June:: STEVE Purcell’s Pearly Shells at the Mentone Hotel, 95 Beach Road, Mentone.
Later time of 5.00 – 8.00pm. 9810 0088
Sunday 10 June:: ROSS Anderson’s New Melbourne Jazz Band at the Royal Hotel, 1208 Burwood Highway, Upper Ferntree Gully. 1.00-4.00pm. 9758 2755
Sunday 10 June:: SMITHY and Guests (Trio), at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond. 12.30 – 3.30pm, 9246 1200