Sweet Ade: a band inspired by the recorder playing of Ade Monsbourgh

Ade Monsbourgh

AUSTRALIAN Jazz giant, Ade Monsbourgh, was a multi-instrumentalist, but one instrument which is particularly identified with him is the recorder. His Recorder in Ragtime is a classic example of his use of the recorder in the ragtime idiom.

Marion Lustig was inspired by Ade’s recorder playing to put together a band called Sweet Ade which had its debut this year at the Grampians and Inverloch festivals. You will have a chance to enjoy Sweet Ade’s music on Saturday 26 May at the Rosstown Hotel , Koornang Road, Carnegie from 4.30-5.45pm..

The lineup will be Marion Lustig (recorders), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone), Lyn Thomas (piano), Andrew Stephens (banjo), Ray Oliphant (clarinet and soprano saxophone), Richard Opat (drums and washboard) and Jan Arndt (vocals).

The program will include elements of ragtime, trad jazz, and folk, and includes some of Ade’s signature tunes.

Entry is free, but the occasion is a fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital so no doubt you’ll have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets.

It should be a good afternoon’s entertainment in a good cause!

I don’t have video of Sweet Ade, but here’s a clip from the Eltham Jazz and Blues Festival 2009 with Rodney Waterman and Friends playing some tunes from
Recorder in Ragtime
. The “Friends” include Stephen Grant, keyboard; Ian Smith, washboard; John Scurry, banjo; and Mark Elton (well disguised) on sousaphone.

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