Mothers’ Day, if that’s your bag

SUNDAY 12 May (the second Sunday in May) is designated as Mothers’ Day, so if that’s a significant date on your calendar, here are some jazz events which you might ask for if you’re a Mum, or which you might select for that important lady instead of a new vacuum cleaner or cordless drill.

The Amora Riverwalk Hotel at 649 Bridge Road, Richmond is offering a special Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch of three luscious courses plus a complimentary glass of bubbly for $59, with children under 10 for $20. Click here for a look at the MENU.    Bookings 9246 1200.

And of course this is where the Riverwalk Trio led by the indefatigable, inimitable and impeccable Ian Smith provides live jazz from 12.30 to 3.30pm every Sunday. Ian is just back from a well earned world jaunt and holiday, so should be in fine form. The lineup of the Trio varies from week to week, but is always made up of some of Victoria’s finest musicians (with an occasional overseas visitor sitting-in).
Here locals Ian and John Cox play with UK clarinetist, Eric Newton in January 2013.

The Royal Hotel, 1208 Burwood Highway, Upper Ferntree Gully will present the New Melbourne Jazz Band, led by Ross Anderson, with music from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Bookings are essential because of the popularity of this legendary and much loved band, and after all, it is that Day.    Phone: 9758 2755.

The Clyde Hotel on the corner of Elgin and Cardigan Streets, Carlton is of course the current home of Melbourne’s fabled New Orleans style band, The Louisiana Shakers. Doors open at 1.00pm for lunch (don’t expect silver service, but the food is plentiful, affordable and appetising),. The music meanders on from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. I don’t think they make any special arrangements for Mum’s Day, but you could ring and book if you were planning to take a large party. 9347 1874

The Pinnacle Hotel at 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North advertises itself as helping to keep live music alive. And so it does on a Sunday afternoon between 4.00pm and 7.00pm with jazz in the Beer Garden. (a bit chilly in the winter time so dress appropriately, and the music is hot!) On Mother’s Day the band is The Four Scoops, an exciting mix of four musicians from very different musical backgrounds: Ben Gillespie, Leader/trombone; Craig Fermanis, guitar, Mark Elton, double bass; and Lynn Wallis on drums. At the moment the Four Scoops are playing alternate weeks with The Shuffle Club.

The Emerald Hotel, 415 Clarendon St South Melbourne is the Sunday night magnet for lovers of that superb group, Stevenson’s Rockets.
Dr Jo Stevenson leads this group of world class musicians who meld together with the ease of long collaboration and comparable very high skill levels. (The lineup is usually Jo on reeds, John Adams, paino, Chris Ludowyk, bass and Ian Smith on drums.) Dinner and show are from 6.00pm. Bookings, if you’re lucky,
9690 4719.

As reported earlier Shirazz will be launching their latest CD, “Re-Wined” at The Workers Club, cnr Brunswick & Gertrude Streets, Fitzroy Doors open at 7.30pm. Music starts at 8.00pm with THE NYMPHS, a great 4 girl singing group, and Shirazz will kick in at 9.00pm. Tickets at the door. $10.

Popular festival “Girl Band” Frilly Knickers Jazz Band will be performing at the Open Studio, 204 High Street, Northcote From 8pm – 11pm.
Open Studio is a live music venue, bar, and crêperie, on the hill opposite the Northcote Town Hall. A number 86 tram stops across the road. You can follow the Frillies’ fortunes on Facebook: or contact Jaz Stutley for info on other gigs at

AND if you’re still going – or indeed just starting – what better way to do it than with Peter Gaudion’s Blues Express at The Dogs Bar, 54 Acland Street, St Kilda. 9.00-11.00pm. 8534 3020.


BUT the Rosstown Hotel does NOT have jazz on Mothers’ Day!

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