New Melbourne Jazz Band still going strong!

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

To keep up to date on New Melbourne appearances, you can visit their website at or look under Coming Gigs here on Jazz Ramble.

New Melbourne Jazz Band
(photo: Ron Jobe)


One response to “New Melbourne Jazz Band still going strong!

  1. Keep up the good work. All news about Jazz is good news. I will catch up with more of you again at Christmas time at Goulburn. I will have two bands this year Tom’s Travellers,the group that had such a good time at Forbes last year and a new group Tom’Cats, Hope this year will be as good as last year. As we are oficially retired now we may be able to attend some gigs etc before we drive all the way back to Rockhampton.It was good to see and hear Nick Polities and Des Camm doing their thing on Jazz Ramble.Regards till next time Tom Bimrose.

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