The Race That Stops a Nation: Jazz on Cup Day

ON the first Tuesday of November since 1861, the Melbourne Cup ( a horse race) has been run over 2 miles, and people of all ages all over Australia stop what they are doing to watch or listen.
Now I know this isn’t jazz, but Slim Dusty’s song The Melbourne Cup will give you the flavour of the day.

While thousands will actually attend the race meeting, many thousands more take the opportunity to get a gang of friends together for a long convivial lunch around the barbecue.

Well on Cup Day this year, Tuesday 1 November, a very pleasant way to spend this holiday would be to gather with likeminded jazz fans at  The Victorian Jazz Musicians’ Benefit Fund  JAZZ PICNIC  at The Victorian Jazz Archive, Koomba Park, Moutain Highway, Wantirna.    There you can wine and lunch (in moderation of course). listen to some great jazz, and help a cause close to our hearts.

Jim Beadman

Jim Beadman, President of the VJMBF

The Victorian Jazz Musicians’ Benefit Fund is an independent non-profit  organisation set up in 1992 following a one-off fundraiser for a jazz musician who needed some help to get him out of a hole.   Its role is to provide temporary support for musicians who fall on hard times and are unable to play their instruments for whatever reason.

At least once a year The Fund holds a “Jazz Bash” to increase the kitty.   This year it will take the form of a picnic.  Jazz will be continuous from 12 noon to 5.30pm, with many well known sit-ins.  BYO hamper, drinks and chairs. Tea and coffee will be available for a gold coin.  A large BBQ is available.

Donation: $7.50. Musicians: $5.00. Children and students free.

Melbourne Cup hats

Melbourne Cup hats

To get into the right mood, you might want to wear your most glamorous, extravagant, amusing hat!!  And that’s not just for the ladies.

This will also be an opportunity to revisit, or visit for the first time, the splendid Victorian Jazz Archive , to wonder at its collections, or to pick up a couple of jazz CDs at the Archive Shop run by the indefatigible and knowledgeable Barry Mitchell.

Ring Jeff Blades on 9801 5007 for more information.

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