ROSS Anderson’s New Melbourne Jazz Band needs no introduction to Australian jazz fans, nor to many overseas fans who will have enjoyed the various incarnations of the band during its many tours.
Hans Koert from the Netherlands did a fine background article on Ross and the New Melbourne on his blog, “Keep (it) Swinging”. You can read it here.
Ross got his band together in 1981 for a one night stand at the Limerick Arms Hotel in South Melbourne. Here we are 32 years later and the NMJB is still very much part of the scene with regular residencies throughout the Eastern suburbs – Maroondah, Ringwood, Ferntree Gully, Clayton, and frequent gigs at jazz clubs, special concerts and other venues.
For example in June the New Melbourne gig guide looks like this:
|Wednesday 5th||6.00pm – 9.00pm||Maroondah Sports Club, cnr Dublin & Mt Dandenong Roads, Ringwood East. 9879 2922.|
|Sunday 9th||1.00 pm – 4.00 pm||Royal Hotel , 1208 Burwood Highway, Upper Ferntree Gully. 9758 2755|
|Saturday 15th||8.00pm – 11.00pm||Werribee Jazz Club, Werribee RSL Bowling Club, Chirnside Park, Watton Street, Werribee. 9974 2918 or 9687 4762.|
|Sunday 16th||1.00 pm – 4.00 pm||Maroondah Sports Club, cnr Dublin & Mt Dandenong Roads, Ringwood East, 9879 2922.|
|Sunday 23rd||1.00 pm – 4.00 pm||Monash Hotel, 2077 Dandenong Road, Clayton. 9544 8011|