Some January Jazz

Now that the dust has settled after a very successful 72nd Australian Jazz Convention in Ballarat it is great to have lots of live jazz in January in Melbourne. One of the highlights for fans of traditional jazz is the brief return to Australia of clarinettist & vocalist  Chris Tanner.

Originally from Melbourne Chris played clarinet with bands such as the Yarra Yarra Band, Allan Browne’s New Orleans Rascals, The Hoodangers and Virus.   He has been living and working as a very busy professional musician in Denmark for the last eight years and is back home in Melbourne for a short visit and will be performing at a couple of gigs here in Melbourne during his all too brief stay.

Next Friday the 12th of January at 9.30 pm he will be at the Paris Cat , 6 Goldie Lane Melbourne with Steven Grant trumpet , John Scurry guitar and Howard Cairns bass. Tickets $30.00 available from . Doors open at 9.00 pm.

On Wednesday the 17th of January between 7.30 & 10.00 pm he will be  reunited with Virus for a  special night of jazz  with  Julien Wilson on reeds, Matt Jodrell trumpet, John Scurry guitar, Howard Cairns bass and Lynn Wallis drums for the Victorian Jazz Club at the East Malvern RSL at 1 Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern.  Doors open at 6.00 pm for dinner if you want. Admission for Victorian Jazz Club members is $15.00 and visitors is $20.00. You don’t have to be a member to attend, everybody is welcome.  Bookings advisable on 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428 or at

More details of Chris’ gigs can be found at

Thursday the 25th of January at East Malvern RSL will see the return of the famous Piano Lunches which were an important musical component of the Melbourne jazz scene from 1983 until 2014.  The piano lunches will be held in the Function Room at East Malvern between midday and approximately three pm commencing on the 25th of January and then bi monthly in March , May , July, September and November of this year.

Appearing  the first piano lunch will be Cathy Connor,  Adam Rudegeair,  James Mustafa,    Phil Carroll, Jo Abbott, Ken Sumsion and Max Teakle who will each  perform a twenty minute set.

East Malvern RSL  has an excellent bistro and meals will be served in the Function Room. There is no admission fees for the piano lunches and  bookings are not required .  Further details can be found at

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !






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