Sweet Ade Swings in Carnegie: Monsbourgh inspired band @ the Rosstown

The late, great Ade Monsbourgh

The Rosstown Hotel, 1084 Dandenong Rd.(corner of Koornung Road), Carnegie

Sunday afternoon, October 14 from 1.30 – 4.30 pm.

The Music
Sweet Ade is inspired by the late multi-instrumentalist Ade Monsbourgh. It’s a recorder-led jazz/ragtime ensemble and its repertoire includes many of Ade’s compositions, as well as ragtime, jazz standards and eclectic other material, mostly light-hearted and fun. It is an unusual, quirky and entertaining band which has had excellent responses at its first jazz festival performances earlier this year at Halls Gap and Inverloch.

The musicians for the afternoon will be: Marion Lustig (recorders), Janet Arndt (vocals), Peter Mason (clarinet, saxophone, recorder and vocals), Lisette Payet (piano and vocals), Andrew Stephens (banjo), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone), and Howard Rowe as guest on washboard and drums.

Admission is free. Bistro lunch is available from 12 noon. Bookings are highly recommended on 9571 1033.

About Ade Monsbourgh
For those who want to know a bit more about our inspiration, here are a few facts. Ade Monsbourgh, who died in 2006 aged 89 is sometimes known as the father of Australian jazz. He had a long career commencing in the 1930’s when, as young men in Melbourne, he and the Bell brothers Roger and Graeme and their friends started playing jazz influenced by 1920-30s recorded music from Chicago and New York. In mid 1947, the Graeme Bell Dixieland Jazz Band became the first Australian jazz group to undertake an organised overseas tour. They toured extensively to Europe and had a strong influence on the revival of traditional jazz there. Ade was a true multi-instrumentalist and played trombone, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, piano and violin and, unusually, jazz recorder. Ade was the co-owner with Pixie Roberts of a business, Pan Recorders, which from 1951 manufactured recorders in Victoria for the first time, and Ade introduced them into schools in Victoria and New South Wales. Sweet Ade’s repertoire includes (but is by no means limited to) many of the tunes on Ade’s CD Recorder in Ragtime, most of which was originally recorded by Swaggie Records in the 1950s and 60s.

Here is a classic Ade number – “Sorry to be Leaving” – played at the Geelong Jazz Convention in 1981 with the wonderful Neville Stribling and Roger Bell, and other greats, How good was that!

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