Kid Claypot’s Happy Pals at East Malvern

On Wednesday week the 14th of March the Victorian Jazz Club is very proud to present  Kid Claypot’s Happy Pals between 7.30 & 10.00 pm.

On stage will be Margie Lou Dyer on piano & vocals ,  Eugene Ball trumpet,  Barry Wratten clarinet, Grant Arthur trombone,  John Scurry banjo & guitar ,  Howard Cairns bass &  Hayley                           Miro – Browne washboard .    

Why Kid Claypot ? I’ll  let Barry Wratten answer that question :

“ When Geoff invited me to take a spot in his innovative program of bands at East Malvern, I took it as an opportunity to create something fun & quite different.

For the past couple of years I’ve had the great pleasure to work a little with Margie Lou at her regular long-running Sunday evening gig at the Claypots Bar in St Kilda.

Margie Lou & I go back some time  .. 50 years or so as it happens …

So this is a little project steeped in layers of nostalgia and enlivened by all the wonderful musical influences & experiences that we’ve each gathered between then & now.

When I was 16 and beginning with my first clarinet, Dennis Ball was my “ go to” for inspiration & sometimes direction. (His teacher whom he recommended, became mine). At East Malvern we’ll be led by Mr. “Kid Claypot” himself, Eugene Ball.

Circles, continuity, family, connections … we have a great family tradition with Jazz in Melbourne and it’s forever growing. It grounds the music, giving it strength & depth. John Scurry, Howard Cairns & I have worked extensively together ever since I returned from New Orleans. They require no introduction.

Hayley Miro-Brown will be keeping them in line from her place at the washboard. Hayley inherits a great musical heritage which shows in her love for being in the moment.

Y’all have come to know trombonist Grant Arthur through his numerous appearances at VJC events at Clayton & East Malvern. He’s a very funny guy & a great multi-instrumentalist.

So … “Kid Claypot”?

In those heady days of the early ‘60’s, we bought our Folkways 12” vinyls at Discurio Records at a reimagined old pub building on the cnr of Russel & Bourke.

One such album, that of “Kid Clayton’s Happy Pals” a recording band of New Orleans veteran musicians of considerable renown & ability was one of my earliest discoveries.

The music is loose, hot & swinging and full of natural passion.

Such inspiration has held us in good stead down through the years, and across the generations here, and the play on words was too hard to resist. “

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members  & East Malvern RSL members – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.

Doors open for dinner in the Jazz Room at 6.00 pm . Music starts at 7.30 pm.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or       0425 735 428 or 9570 5884 or on   

Everybody is  welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.

Come along , enjoy hot & swinging live jazz and spread the word !





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