WELL,they’re not exactly ships, and strictly not passing in the night, but The Syncopators (including of course trumpeter Peter Gaudion) have just returned from their latest very successful European tour, while The Shuffle Club (with front man Ash Gaudion on saxophone) are preparing to leave for a stint at the Edinburgh Festival playing in the Famous Spiegeltent.
One of the last chances to hear The Shuffle Club before they head off will be at Transit Lounge, Level 2 of Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne. Saturday 27th at 10pm. 9654 8808And The Syncopators will be the featured band at the Victorian Jazz Club’s tribute to the great Satchmo on Sunday 11 August from 6.00pm – 9.00pm at the Bentleigh Club, Yawla Street, Bentleigh. Special guest trumpeter/vocalist will be John Hawes, so there’ll be double the excitement when these two extroverted and powerful players – Gaudion and Hawes – get together. Peter Baylor on guitar/banjo, Andy Swann on drums and Joe Ruberto on piano will join Chris Ludowyk on trombone, and Richard Miller on clarinet to complete this superb lineup. Tickets are $45 for VJC members, $50 for non members which will include a two course meal. Call 9553 3850 for tickets.
Looking back into our Jazz History, The John Hawes Jazz Band together with The Red Onions and The Yarra Yarra Jazz Band were the top three Melbourne jazz bands during the 1960s. Some will still remember Saturday nights at the Salvation Army hall in Moonee Ponds – Jazz Junction – with the John Hawes Jazz Band.
Tom McEwan, Geoff Orr and Graeme Davies have put together a 2 CD set of all the Hawes Band’s recorded output, including some previously unpublished studio sessions. The set – “The John Hawes Jazz Band: The Lost Tapes” – is available from Graeme Davies, 0418 587 687
On a sample track from this great collection, the band plays “Ain’t Misbehavin’ recorded in 1964. The lineup: John Hawes, cornet/vocal/tambourine; Ray Rickerby, clarinet; Graeme Davies, trombone/harmonica; Des Bader, banjo; Hamish Hughes, string bass; Dave McCallum, drums. Just click on the picture below to hear it.