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Orr and Graeme Davies have put together a 2 CD set of all the Hawes Band’s recorded output, including some previously unpublished studio sessions.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

David Horniblow with The Shuffle Club

LAST Sunday we went to the Rosstown Hotel to hear The Shuffle Club. They were their brilliant selves with a couple of alterations to the regular lineup: Ash Gaudion was on alto sax and Rod Gilbert on drums, but for a change we had Sam Lemann on guitar and Phil Rex on double bass. The fact that they had been playing at The Famous Spiegeltent until all hours of the morning (only 1 hour’s sleep!) didn’t dampen their vibrancy one iota.

Halfway through the afternoon, we had the added pleasure of hearing two sitins – Bob Whetstone on trumpet and UK visitor David Horniblow on clarinet. Here are three videos that I took of this combination.

GOIN’ TO CHICAGO, the Count Basie blues about the massive migration north by African Americans.

SEE SEE RIDER, a traditional 12 bar blues made famous originally by Ma Rainey in the 1920s. Shows off the blues skills of the whole band – isn’t Sam Lemann one of the best blues guitarists in town!

Finally SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, with Bob scatting

Bob and David will be playing with John Morrison’s Moonee Valley Jazz Band for the Williamstown Jazz Club at Williamstown RSL cnr Ferguson and Melbourne Roads, Williamstown tomorrow afternoon – March 24 – between 4pm and 7pm. Ring 9311 3349 to book.

March 17th: a great day for jazz as well as for the Irish

MARCH 17th is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day around the Christian world, and with special fervour wherever the Irish gather to recognise their patron saint. As the legend goes, St Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity, hence its frequent appearance as a symbol of the day.

Well this St Patrick’s Day there’s a slew of jazz to be enjoyed in Melbourne and surrounds.

DAVID GARDNER SWING TRIO, featuring Goodman, Shaw and other swing classics. The Trio comprises David Gardner, clarinet; John Shawcross, piano; and Zac Barter, string bass.

Presented by Jazz Australia at Villa Alba, Walmer Street, Kew, this is a fundraiser to help with the restoration of this extraordinary Victorian-era mansion.

All proceeds will go to the fund. Tickets $50 per head which includes chicken and champagne during the interval. Bookings: Diana Allen, 5258 3936. 4.00pm – t.30pm.

CHARITY ALL STAR JAZZ CONCERT in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Moe RSL, 63 Albert Street, Moe. 1.30-5.00pm. $20 per ticket. Bookings: 5127 3669 or 5127 2471.

Two great bands:
Kay Younger and The Rhythm Kings
Kay Younger, vocals
Frank Stewart, reeds
Graeme Davies, reeds
Lea Treanor, banjo
Peter Grey,bass
John Kent, drums

Paul Ingle

Alan Clark’s Swing Combo
Paul Ingle, trombone
Dave Drummond, cornet
Ian Christensen, reeds
Alex Wilson, bass
Alan Clark, piano
Bill Lawler, drums



The superb young New Orleans street band, Tuba Skinny will be at The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Forecourt, Melbourne CBD at 9pm. With the amazing Erika Lewis on vocals, this band has grown from being simply a New Orleans street band, to a world phenomenon with an international following. They play and sing the old blues and traditional jazz classics from the 1920s and 30s, and play them darned well. Take this chance to see them live in our own back yard. Bookings: online or 1300 182 183.

THE SHUFFLE CLUB: the little band with the big band sound, will be at the Rosstown Hotel, corner of Koornang and Dandenong Roads, Carnegie from 1pm to 4pm. Lunch served from 12 noon. There will be the usual lineup of Ash Gaudion, Dannie Bourne and Paul Griska, with a possible replacement for Rod Gilbert who may not yet be up to playing after a bicycle accident. Bookings essential if you want to have views of the band. 9571 1033.

Ross Anderson

THE NEW MELBOURNE JAZZ BAND will be at the Dingley Hotel, 334 Boundary Road, Dingley from 1pm-4pm. Bookings. 9551 8344. Ross Anderson put together the New Melbourne Jazz Band in 1981 for a one-night stand at the Limerick Arms Hotel. Now more than 30 years later the band is still a very popular feature of the local jazz scene.
And although there have obviously been personnel changes over that time, the Anderson formula of choosing only top quality musicians, keeping the band sound which carried the NMJB through 15 highly successful overseas tours and myriad local festivals, and putting entertaining the audience first on the agenda, has ensured the continued popularity of this veteran band. Incidentally, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen were amongst the many overseas bands with which the New Melbourne has played, and both leaders had a similar attitude to connecting with the crowd.

The lucky people of Ballarat will have the chance to hear one of Australia’s best credentialled bands – The Syncopators – at the Ballarat Jazz Club’s very fine venue, the Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat from 1.30-4.30pm. The Sycopators will be leaving shortly on one of their regular overseas tours, so this is a good chance to hear them before they disappear for a few months. Meals are available from 12 noon. Bookings: Marie on 0439 700 219

The Geelong RSL at 50 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont has a weekly jazz gig from 5.30-8.30, one of the few remaining venues which has a variety of bands playing each week. This week’s jazz will be provided by John Morrison and his Moonee Valley Jazz Band: a guaranteed program of hot music and great entertainment. Bookings: 5241 1766

LAZY BONES, Don Jordan’s trombone band has been on the Melbourne jazz scene since the mid 1980s. They have delighted audiences with their unique instrumentation (which includes 4 trombones) and their extensive repertoire of well-known and less familiar tunes. They will be at the Phillip Island Jazz Club at the Ramada Resort, 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes from 2pm – 5pm. Bookings: 5952 6800. Click here to get a taste of this unusual band at work.

And then there are the regular residencies:
Riverwalk Trio, Amora Riverwalk Hotel, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond. 12.30-3.30. 9246 1200
The Louisiana Shakers, Clyde Hotel, Elgin and Cardigan Streets, Carlton. 1.00-4.00 pm.
Johnnsy’s Bakery Boys, Red Hill Bakery, Balnarring 1-4pm. (various, but Johnny Adams, Roman Syrek, Denis Ball, Leon Heale and Ron Sandilands are frequent members) Bookings. 5931 3125
Tommy Carter Family Band at Baxter Tavern, 117 Baxter/Tooradin Road, Baxter. 5971 2007. 12-3.30pm

BUT Stevenson’s Rockets will NOT be at The Emerald because of the Grand Prix.

Shanghai Shuffle @ The Substation Newport

THE Substation at 1 Market Street, Newport is an unusual and exciting venue in Melbourne’s inner southwest.

Built in 1915 for the purpose of converting electricity for the suburban rail system, the Newport Substation fell into disrepair after ceasing operations in 1967. By the 1990s it had become derelict, the victim of vandals and squatters. Nevertheless it remained an impressive building which inspired two local residents – Nigel Edwards and Darren Williams – to develop the idea of restoring it as a community arts space with gallery, performance, concert and function facilities.

It took fifteen years and lots of hard work by a small band of volunteers, but this is how the old girl looks now.

On Saturday 16 February the Substation will become Swingstation when those two swinging bands, The Shuffle Club and Leigh Barker’s New Sheiks will be on deck to welcome in the Year of the Snake with Shanghai Shuffle which promises to be a night of “dance and decadence”, better than a slow boat to China the publicity says.

The Shuffle Club

The New Sheiks

In the 1920s and 30s Shanghai was known as ‘The Paris of The East’. Jazz was king and sophisticates flocked to the Peace Hotel and Metropole Club to hear the music and show off the latest dance steps.
There will be dumplings (available from the Yum Cha van from 6.30pm.). As advertised, there will be dancing. There might even be a dragon.

This is a chance to hear some really vibrant jazz – jazz for dancing – and experience this magnificent heritage building in its new finery.

Doors Open at 7.30.
Tickets $25 online at http://www.trybooking.com/CFLG, $30 at the door
Further information: 9391 1110

More Spiegeltenting! Melbourne and Canberra

THE Spiegeltent saga continues to unfold, both in Melbourne and in Canberra.

The Shuffle Club
Those wildfires on the Melbourne music circuit – and elsewehere – The Shuffle Club, are doing what comes naturally to them: playing vibrant, exciting, full-blown music at a hectic pace and at all hours of the day and night.

This small group with the big group sound (Ash Gaudion, Rod Gilbert, Dannie Bourne and Paul Griska) will be a fixture at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Arts Centre forecourt, Melbourne every Friday and Saturday night (well actually Saturday and Sunday morning, but let’s not confuse the issue) from Friday 15 February until the end of March, and possibly until the end of the Tent’s Melbourne season on the 21 April.  They will play following a changing lineup of acts which will begin at 11.00pm.  The Shuffle Club will follow from 12.30am – 2.30am (yes am!). Tickets from $25. Phone bookings at 1300 182 183 or to book online – Look under “Club Spiegel”    http://spiegel.artscentremelbourne.com.au/.

Madam Pat Thompson
The tribute, documentary film, concert and wake for Madam Pat Thompson will be held in Canberra in the Famous Spiegel Garden, The Rose Gardens at Old Parliament House on Sunday 17 March at 6.00pm. Tickets $20. Book online: https://tfs.tickets.red61.com/

The Syncopators
A reminder that The Syncopators will be on stage in the Famous Spiegeltent on Sunday 10 March at 9.00pm. This will be a programme for dancers as well as listeners with The Syncs playing classics from the 1920s to the 50s transforming the Tent into a classy speakeasy without a raid by Eliott Ness and his crew! Wear your party gear to add to the festive atmosphere. From their vast repertoire, the Syncopators will concentrate on playing toe-tapping tunes from the Flapper, Speakeasy and Charleston era, through the Swing Scene of the 30’s and 40’s to the jump-jive beat of the late 40’s and 50’s – truly a great night of first class music for all. Tickets from $25. Phone bookings at 1300 182 183 or to book on line http://spiegel.artscentremelbourne.com.au/.

The Syncopators will be holding a bon voyage concert in May prior to their next overseas tour. Watch out for this.