March 17th: a great day for jazz as well as for the Irish

MARCH 17th is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day around the Christian world, and with special fervour wherever the Irish gather to recognise their patron saint. As the legend goes, St Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity, hence its frequent appearance as a symbol of the day.

Well this St Patrick’s Day there’s a slew of jazz to be enjoyed in Melbourne and surrounds.

DAVID GARDNER SWING TRIO, featuring Goodman, Shaw and other swing classics. The Trio comprises David Gardner, clarinet; John Shawcross, piano; and Zac Barter, string bass.

Presented by Jazz Australia at Villa Alba, Walmer Street, Kew, this is a fundraiser to help with the restoration of this extraordinary Victorian-era mansion.

All proceeds will go to the fund. Tickets $50 per head which includes chicken and champagne during the interval. Bookings: Diana Allen, 5258 3936. 4.00pm – t.30pm.

CHARITY ALL STAR JAZZ CONCERT in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Moe RSL, 63 Albert Street, Moe. 1.30-5.00pm. $20 per ticket. Bookings: 5127 3669 or 5127 2471.

Two great bands:
Kay Younger and The Rhythm Kings
Kay Younger, vocals
Frank Stewart, reeds
Graeme Davies, reeds
Lea Treanor, banjo
Peter Grey,bass
John Kent, drums

Paul Ingle

Alan Clark’s Swing Combo
Paul Ingle, trombone
Dave Drummond, cornet
Ian Christensen, reeds
Alex Wilson, bass
Alan Clark, piano
Bill Lawler, drums



The superb young New Orleans street band, Tuba Skinny will be at The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Forecourt, Melbourne CBD at 9pm. With the amazing Erika Lewis on vocals, this band has grown from being simply a New Orleans street band, to a world phenomenon with an international following. They play and sing the old blues and traditional jazz classics from the 1920s and 30s, and play them darned well. Take this chance to see them live in our own back yard. Bookings: online or 1300 182 183.

THE SHUFFLE CLUB: the little band with the big band sound, will be at the Rosstown Hotel, corner of Koornang and Dandenong Roads, Carnegie from 1pm to 4pm. Lunch served from 12 noon. There will be the usual lineup of Ash Gaudion, Dannie Bourne and Paul Griska, with a possible replacement for Rod Gilbert who may not yet be up to playing after a bicycle accident. Bookings essential if you want to have views of the band. 9571 1033.

Ross Anderson

THE NEW MELBOURNE JAZZ BAND will be at the Dingley Hotel, 334 Boundary Road, Dingley from 1pm-4pm. Bookings. 9551 8344. Ross Anderson put together the New Melbourne Jazz Band in 1981 for a one-night stand at the Limerick Arms Hotel. Now more than 30 years later the band is still a very popular feature of the local jazz scene.
And although there have obviously been personnel changes over that time, the Anderson formula of choosing only top quality musicians, keeping the band sound which carried the NMJB through 15 highly successful overseas tours and myriad local festivals, and putting entertaining the audience first on the agenda, has ensured the continued popularity of this veteran band. Incidentally, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen were amongst the many overseas bands with which the New Melbourne has played, and both leaders had a similar attitude to connecting with the crowd.

The lucky people of Ballarat will have the chance to hear one of Australia’s best credentialled bands – The Syncopators – at the Ballarat Jazz Club’s very fine venue, the Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat from 1.30-4.30pm. The Sycopators will be leaving shortly on one of their regular overseas tours, so this is a good chance to hear them before they disappear for a few months. Meals are available from 12 noon. Bookings: Marie on 0439 700 219

The Geelong RSL at 50 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont has a weekly jazz gig from 5.30-8.30, one of the few remaining venues which has a variety of bands playing each week. This week’s jazz will be provided by John Morrison and his Moonee Valley Jazz Band: a guaranteed program of hot music and great entertainment. Bookings: 5241 1766

LAZY BONES, Don Jordan’s trombone band has been on the Melbourne jazz scene since the mid 1980s. They have delighted audiences with their unique instrumentation (which includes 4 trombones) and their extensive repertoire of well-known and less familiar tunes. They will be at the Phillip Island Jazz Club at the Ramada Resort, 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes from 2pm – 5pm. Bookings: 5952 6800. Click here to get a taste of this unusual band at work.

And then there are the regular residencies:
Riverwalk Trio, Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond. 12.30-3.30. 9246 1200
The Louisiana Shakers, Clyde Hotel, Elgin and Cardigan Streets, Carlton. 1.00-4.00 pm.
Johnnsy’s Bakery Boys, Red Hill Bakery, Balnarring 1-4pm. (various, but Johnny Adams, Roman Syrek, Denis Ball, Leon Heale and Ron Sandilands are frequent members) Bookings. 5931 3125
Tommy Carter Family Band at Baxter Tavern, 117 Baxter/Tooradin Road, Baxter. 5971 2007. 12-3.30pm

BUT Stevenson’s Rockets will NOT be at The Emerald because of the Grand Prix.

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