MANY jazz musicians and delegates will be seeing the New Year in at the 67th Australian Jazz Convention at Forbes, New South Wales after 6 days of wall to wall jazz leading up to the climax of the New Year’s Eve Ball.
The Convention began in 1946 and has continued annually since then – the longest running jazz event of its kind in the world.
For those who didn’t choose to make the journey north, here are a few New Year’s Eve jazz opportunities in and around Melbourne.
ASH GAUDION of The Shuffle Club has arranged a protracted lead-up to New Year’s Eve on Sunday 30 December (the eve of New Year’s Eve) at Claypots, 213 Barkly Street, St Kilda. 9534 1282
Entertainment begins at 3.30pm with Gil Askey and Friends.
6.00pm: Fred Negro and Dave Moll
8.00pm: Margie Lou Trio
10.00pm – 1.00am: Dance with Andrew Swann, Ashley Gaudion, James Clark and Steve Grant.
On the actual Eve – 31 December – a number of jazz clubs have scheduled special gigs:
Dave Hetherington’s Jazzbos will be at the Williamstown Jazz Club, Williamstown RSL, Cnr Ferguson Street and Melbourne Road, Williamstown. 7.00pm for 7.30pm Dinner. Music 8.00pm – 12.30pm. $60 per head. 9397 6198 or 9397 1885.
Hot B’ Hines will be at the Peninsula Jazz Club, Patterson Lakes Community Centre, Thompson Road. Doors open . Music: 8pm – 12.30pm. $40 members $45 non members 9580 2906.
John Morrison’s Moonee Valley Jazz Band will be at the Geelong Jazz Club, Vines Road Community Centre, 49 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights. 8.00-12.0pm $20. VYO everything Bookings essential 5244 2886.
Island Jazz will entertain the Phillip Island Jazz Club, Bass Room, Ramada Resort, 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes. 7.00pm to 1.00am.$75. 0417 416 300 or 0432 814 407.
And for something a bit more out of town, THE VINES Restaurant at the Helen’s Hill Vineyard, 16 Ingram Road, Coldstream. (Melways Reference 282 C11) will present a trio of well known jazz musicians – Will Purcell, Ian Smith and Patrick Miller – to entertain diners from 8.00pm till after the witching hour. The vineyard is at the start of the Yarra Valley, about 45 minutes from Ivanhoe. I am assured that the restaurant provides elegant dishes created from fresh local produce, complemented by the vineyards own wines. And that the views are stunning. Rumour also has it that a close relative of jazzers Graeme and Elizabeth Harvey has something to do with the venue. Bookings on 9739 0222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May your Christmas be joyous and the New Year open more doors and windows for you to the excitement, passion and joy of jazz