Ships that pass in the night: The Syncopators in, Shuffle Club out

The Shuffle Club

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 8808

The Syncopators

And 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Orr and Graeme Davies have put together a 2 CD set of all the Hawes Band’s recorded output, including some previously unpublished studio sessions.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.

2 responses to “Ships that pass in the night: The Syncopators in, Shuffle Club out

  1. CLD SOMEONE INFORM US IF JOHN HAWES IS PLAYING A REGULAR GIG ANYWHERE AND IF SO THE NAME OF THE BAND PLS.

  2. Dear Jane, I have a flyer for a Fem Belling concert next Sat. night 26th Oct. at Glen Eira Town Hall- you may like to post it. If so, please give me your address. EVelyne & Joel

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