Nick Polites Turns 90

Nick Polites , a much loved Melbourne clarinettist turns 90 on the 2nd of July 2017. Born in Melbourne in 1927 Nick started playing alto saxophone at 14 years of age and took up the clarinet at 16. As he wrote recently with the advent of World War 2 “ Because so many older musicians had been called up for military service, I was sought after to join bands well before I had achieved any sort of proficiency “.
Nick commenced his recording career with the Frank Johnson Dixielanders in 1951 , since then he played regularly with the Allfrey Street Stompers , the legendary Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band in the late 1950s – early 1960s and with the Louisiana Shakers for the last thirty years and currently at their Sunday afternoon gig at the Clyde Hotel in Elgin Street Carlton where no doubt there will be much celebration next Sunday.
The Victorian Jazz Club will also celebrate Nick’s remarkable contribution to Australian jazz on Wednesday the 19th of July between 7.30 and 10.00 pm at the East Malvern RSL with Nick and the Louisiana Shakers. . In the front line Nick will be joined by Joe Pryke on trumpet , Les Fithall on trombone & vocals, Andy Symes on banjo, Peter Grey on bass and Kevin Bolton on drums – some of Australia’s most experienced musicians who will be joined no doubt by many surprise sit ins.
You don’t have to be a member to attend, everybody is welcome. Victorian Jazz Club members $15.00 and visitors $20.00. Seats are still available but bookings are advisable on 9874 8870 or on 0425 735 428.

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