THE Maple Leaf Jazz Band was one of the most popular Melbourne jazz bands in the ’80s with long-running residencies at The Spread Eagle, The Anchor and Hope, The Victoria and The Portsea Hotels, amongst others.
The band had its birth at the old Hotel Canada in Lygon Street, Carlton (which has now gone up in the world in more ways than one), hence the band name.
In 2010 Bob Whetstone and Kim Rushworth organised a fittingly riotous reunion of the band at the Whitehorse Club, Burwood which was attended by as many of the extant ex-bandmembers as could make the trip, and by hordes of loyal fans from all-over.
Since then the Band has played on various occasions with varying lineups – always quality musicians – and with the sounds we love to hear.
On Sunday 25 March the Williamstown Jazz Club will present yet another Maple Leaf combination – The Maple Leaf Allstars – who will play from 4pm to 7pm for your listening and dancing pleasure.
The Williamstown Jazz Club holds its gigs at the Williamstown RSL, corner of Ferguson Street and Melbourne Road, Williamstown. Phone 9311 3349 for bookings.
The Allstars at Williamstown will be:
Bob Whetstone, trumpet
Hugh de Rosayro, trombone
Barry Wratten, clarinet
Tony Orr, banjo/guitar
Richard Mander, bass
Dean Cooper, drums
And here’s an archival clip of the Maple Leaf playing at Caulfield RSL in 2011 before the RSL closed down its Friday Night Jazz. sigh!!!