These piano lunches have been held at the Rosstown on the last Thursday (in alternate months starting in January) since 1994, but earlier were held in various other locations. To read more about the history of the lunches, click here..
The original lunches were set up by a group of jazz lovers to listen to that wonderful pianist, Rex Green, who sadly died earlier this year. He was a regular participant in the jazz lunches until shortly before his death.Here’s a photo from the Victorian Jazz Archive journal, VJZZ No 55 which shows Rex and Graham Coyle performing for the Shepparton Apex Club in 1952.
Starting at midday and going on until about 4.00pm, an array of some of our best jazz pianists wil play for the delight of the diners.
Numbers may range from six to a dozen, depending on which musicians are available on the day. Often on deck are such household names as Graham Coyle, John Adams, Kim Harris, Neville Turner and Ken Cowan, but the new breed of pianists are also represented such as Michael Llewellyn whose picture appears at the top of this column.This Thursday, inimitable trumpet player, Bob Whetstone, will be guest star. Here Bob performs at the May piano lunch with Kim Harris.
To book for this very pleasant jazz experience, phone 9571 1033.
The Rosstown is at the corner of Dandenong and Koornang Roads, Carnegie, a short walk from the Carnegie railway station. If driving, there is plenty of on-site parking. Meals are good and good value, the staff pleasant, and you’re bound to see people you know.