The Sobriety Five play Daytime Jazz

Peter Grey, Doug Rawson, Tony Orr, Derek Reynolds and Nick Polites

HERE’S a group of some of Australia’s finest musos who get together on a regular basis at Doug Rawson’s home to play whatever pleases them. Occasionally they take to the dais for a public performance, but that’s not really their main aim, which is more for the delight of playing with friends who have shared a lifetime of music-making.

For those infrequent occasions when they do play publicly, they needed a band name. I don’t know who had the bright idea of The Sobriety Five, but it’s a play on the name of Doug Rawson’s other band – Foster’s Foaming Five (a reference to the famous Australian beer, Foster’s Lager, for those who aren’t aux fait with our local jargon).

On Wednesday 7 August they will make one of their rare public appearances as partof the Victorian Jazz Club’s Midweek Daytime Jazz program. The venue is the VJC’s usual home – Clayton RSL at 163 Carinish Road, Clayton – and music starts at 11.00am and continues to 2.30pm with a brief break for lunch. Entry is a meagre $10, meals are available from the bistro, the dance floor is more than adequate, parking extensive, public transport is nearby and frequent, and the music will be intoxicating I’m told. What more could you want.

Nick Polites will be winging his way to the Greek isles for his annual dose of Mediterranean sunshine, and Mike Edwards will be depping for him.  Also there is to be a special surprise guest to add to the excitement. I don’t know who it is, but I’m having a guess which I’ve put in a sealed envelope in my bottom drawer. We’ll see if I’m right.

Bookings are essential on 9553 3850. To book for the Bistro – 9544 1035.

By the way, this is a very busy week for the Victorian Jazz Club: Saturday 3 August: The Pearly Shells; Wednesday 7 August: Midweek Daytime Jazz with The Sobriety Five; Saturday 10 August: Dixie Heroes with special guests Lindsay Meech and Paul Furniss; Sunday 11 August: Tribute to Louis Armstrong at the Bentleigh Club with The Syncopators and special guest John Hawes. Fantastic, but how does that volunteer committee manage!!

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