IT’S always good to hear of another “permanent” gig for jazz – alas there are all too few these days, so we need to patronise as many as we can and with great enthusiasm.
The latest is a trio led by “Slappin'” Simon Vancam which is playing on the second and fourth Sundays each month at the Prince Alfred Hotel, 619 Church Street, Richmond from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
The May gig is on Sunday 26. In June you’ll catch them on Sunday 9 and 23.
The Trio comprises Simon on bass, Frank Stewart on clarinet, and Ron Scott on banjo. The group has been together only since late last year, and had one of their first gigs at the Stud Park Shopping Centre in December 2012, although of course Simon and Frank have played together for many years as members of John Morrison’s Moonee Valley Jazz Band. Here they play the classic ballad, “Nevertheless” at Stud Park.
Simon is also a sousa player, and can be found playing in many different music styles including Boogie, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Swing, Covers, and of course Jazz. You can find out what else he is doing at his website: http://www.slappinsimon.weebly.com.
And if you’re wondering why the nickname “Slappin'” Simon, here’s a clip of Simon playing with the Moonee Valley Jazz Band at the Rosstown Hotel In July 2912.