New Melbourne Jazz Band: 31 Years On

The New Melbourne Jazz Band

ROSS Anderson’s New Melbourne Jazz Band is a band of legends. Formed 31 years ago, it has been a continuous landmark on the local jazz scene in Melbourne, has travelled the world, played with international stars (most recently the Dutch Swing College Band), made many wonderful recordings, attracted an enormous fan club, and been the subject of a major exhibition at the Victorian Jazz Archive. And that’s just for starters.

This Thursday, 15 March, is a very special celebration for Ross and his band. They will be playing at the Limerick Arms Hotel at 364 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and it was at this very same historic pub that the band had its first gig 31 years ago! In fact the band was formed for the gig.

The Limerick Arms today

This fine old pub has an even longer history than The New Melbourne. It was established in 1855 by two Irish brothers, John and James Toohey, only 20 years after the founding of Melbourne. The Tooheys possibly came in the rush for gold, but were canny enough to realise that there was more to be made out of the amber fluid than in following the diggers north to the goldfields. They went on to found Tooheys Brewery, and the rest is you know what.

The Limerick Arms way back when

The music will be on from 7.00-10.00 pm and dinner is available from 6.00 to 9.30pm. For bookings phone (03) 9810 0052.

To remind you what’s in store, here is the New Melbourne playing in 2011 .

Lineup: Peter Uppman, trumpet; Ron Trigg, reeds; Charlie Farley, banjo; Ross Anderson, bass; Peter Whitford, drums.

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