Please note that unfortunately the Jam Session at the Leinster on Sunday 11th March has been cancelled.
Dateline Collingwood: 4.3.18
Last Sunday the Jazz Jam at the Leinster arms Hotel reached a new nadir, a point where the bottom of the barrel had been scraped so much that the bottom was gone and the tunnel to China is now complete. No one is to blame but not much can be said about it other thank goodness it is over. The sound of a cat being strangled somehow has much more appeal now.
The attempt to play two songs from the Blue Note 1960’s jazz era namely “Black Nile” and “ Dolphin Dance” were vain attempts to introduce some level of interest but sadly it was too little too late.
If the jazz jam on Sundays is to continue at a new venue in some shape or form and attract and retain new people such as the agreeable newcomer Bassist/ Saxophonist Fulio of Italy, and others of various ages and who are of proficient musical ability then the whole standard and regular repertoire needs to improve. For instance, the Miles Davis piece “All Blues” is in 6/8. This means you have to get rid of a lot of notes to be able to play it in B# and would probably be better just playing the black notes now and again. Because guitarists normally have six strings 6/8 means they can only play now and again and not on the “8” bits per byte versions unless they are also singing.
One only has to attend other jam sessions around town to know there is a higher level out there like ashtanga yoga that has appeal to many people, who are meditating while playing in a different time key thing. But they are probably really good and can reincarnate as like sax players.
Now to turn a positive into negative or is it the other way around . . .?
It was good to see Ted Woollan back at the Keys and showing signs of life.
I might be seen at a Leinster Arms on a Sunday in April.
(Ed’s note: Not really all of it by Col T, I had to straighten out all the technical stuff about tempo signatures and key transinformation like)
24th Feb 2018
The usual suspects appeared at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday for a run through of the same old tired and hackneyed material that pre dates the construction of the Pyramids of Giza or is it Stone Henge?
Newcomer Adrien put on a good show on the drums. Other drummers sighted in action included Michael, Bill and the ever swinging Andre.
Your humble scribe started on the piano keyboard and then moved to guitar only to be promoted by the Captain to the engine house of time and rhythm which is Electric Bass. Peter also played bass as did a newcomer whose name has gone from my mind completely.
Other Guitarists included Neil, Fermin and Sir Not appearing in this report.
A welcome visit and performance on piano from Ted Woollan was noteworthy. There were a number of Saxophonists about including the Captain of chaos, John Calamata and Keef.
A bit of relief from crusty ancient show tunes and pre Dixie land cliches came in the shape of a version of the Miles Davis modal piece “ Milestones” with Malcolm on piano, what ‘s his face on trumpet and thingamybob on lead whatchamacallit.
Warblers were on hand to warble into microphones like or not! and they included that geezer who led us through a boomper boomper version of “Every day I have the blues” which was refreshing in as much as it was an up tempo shuffle with a driving beat rather than a flaccid 120 BPM swing standard.
Female warblers were not far away with Chloe and Suzie and others trotting out the stuff that female singers usually select for jazz jam material, such as the Korean song of lost love: “Cly me a Libber” just in time for the end of the Winter Olympics in Korea. All songs were well sung by some very presentable lassies but with no musical surprises there, sorry.
I suspect that while I am off bushwalking, XC skiing or surfing the good Hard Bop, Be Bop and Fusion tunes and charts get a work out and when I turn up the old war horses from before 1925 AD are dragged out yet again. Talk about flogging a dead horse but we will flog it yet again so see you all there on Sunday next week.
Last Sunday at the Leinster
Finally the jam is returning to normal after the Christmas break. Saxophonists galore (Jeff Harris (alto), John Calammata (tenor), Laurie Savage (bari) Aaron Rodriguez(alto) and yours Truly (tenor) ) and a plethora of singers (Debbie Woodruffe, Katarina Myskova, Kevin Rolfs, Daisie from Perth. Susie and Rose arrived too late to be able to sing). Steve Bray, Bill Swanee and Mike Hirsh expertly provided the underlying rhythms. Peter (bass) and Neil (guitar) played nonstop for three hours on their respective instruments. Keys were provided Malcom, Noel and Don. Richard would have played if he had not been late.
We were also delighted by the appearance of Ted Woollen after his significant health issues. His keyboards skills have not diminished as we heard when he backed both Katerina and Daisie for a few numbers. Thanks to Jason, Kerry and Katerina for your support in getting Ted to the Jam. We look forward to more appearances as he progresses on his road to recovery.
Not Your Usual Correspondent.
4th Feb 2018
A very small and faithful number of jammers turned up at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday only to find not only no cymbals for the drum kit but no drummers. In an attempt to get some music started, the jam featured this scribe on piano , Pete on Bass, Neil on Guitar , Jeff and the Captain of Chaos on reeds, and Sir not appearing in this jam on Drums.
Others sighted on Sunday included: Laurie on baritone sax, Fermin also played guitar, Malcolm on keys, The Bespectacled warbler on vocals and later this scribe played the drums but not the cymbals on Chitlins con carne with one brush and one drumstick. Subsequently your correspondent was heard on bass. Eventually Glenn the publican called time on this almost noteworthy jam session.
Some of you may know that the venue, The Leinster Arms Hotel in Collingwood is closing /ending as we know it this spring 2018. The Jazz Jammers will have to find a new and supportive venue. Glenn told me that he and his wife are starting a new business with the same name in Sunbury. We all wish them good luck and good health for the future.
I would like to go on the record and thank Glenn , a long suffering but supportive man with a true interest in music, who has endured years of the good , bad and ugly in jazz jamming at his venue. The End of year Christmas Jams at his venue have been in particular most memorable.
Having stopped by at the Monday night Bar 303 jam and played a spot of jazz piano there ,one can say that there are other jam sessions out there on different days that are arguably of a higher standard, better organized and only through diligence will this Jazz Jam of some long running status continue in some shape and form.
So the hunt is on to find a new home for the Sunday Jazz Jam. If you know somewhere within 5 kms of the CBD that could be a suitable venue then do not remain silent about it.
On a more despondent note, long time Jazz jammer , Jazz Jammers online newsletter humourist, architect and local keyboard stalwart Mr. Ted Woollan is not in good health. His health has reportedly taken a turn for the worse and all of us as jazz jammers , guitarists, and human beings send our thoughts, prayers and best wishes to him and his near and dear ones at this time.
I may have locked horns with Ted a few times at the jams over 13 plus years, over matters of musical taste, what with me being from the Fusion / Be Bop/ Eric Dolphy on LSD/ Wigged out walking bass/Mahavishnu/multi-instrumentalist freaker school of jazz and he being a kind of pre Dixie Land/ Cole Porter era kind of guy but ultimately one remains magnanimous towards.
We come from nothing and we go back to nothing. What have we lost? Nothing! A quote from Monty Python.
Dateline 21 Jan 2018
A small group of regular jammers appeared at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday to start another year of mangled ballads, hackneyed show tunes, suspect swing songs and NQR bossa novas and soul jazz dirges.
Some of the music did sound like music but that must could have been accidental.
Mike Hirsch, Bill, Michael and others beat the drums into submission. This scribe played bass and a spot of jazz guitar. Pony Tail Pete played electric bass too.
Roger ’spray on jeans’ Clarke played saxophone as did the captain of Chaos who instilled chaos when the song was actually on track and exacerbated the chaos when a train wreck was approaching. Jeff was also present on Saxophone.
Gentleman John Curtis, Kay and others tinkled the piano keys with some proficiency.
Warblers included the bespectacled warbler Kevin, Kay with her song books that are numbered like a Vietnamese take away restaurant menu and Sir Not Appearing in this Jam who stole the show with a characteristic nonappearance. What Perfect pitch !
Fermin and others who are too talented or too handsome to remember rotated on guitars but eventually the numbers dwindled down to a handful of jammers and it was time to pack up and go home.
Yes the Jam is back up and running for 2018.
If you have jazz charts that you have written yourself or have charts that are by more recent artists such as present day composer/ saxophone star Kamasi Washington ( Who is performing at the Forum in Melbourne , 9th March, check him out!!! more info) then bring those charts in multiple copies, so we won’t have to ruin the same songs every week. This allow us to ruin other tunes.
We don’t discriminate. Who Knows we might even play them right just to surprise everyone.
Sweet Ade, Marion Lustig’s 6 piece multi-instrumental jazz band, are playing at Dizzy’s Jazz Club on February 2 at 8.30 pm. This is our first gig at Dizzy’s and it would be great to see some Jammers there! You can have dinner at the venue and doors open at 7.30. Tickets will be available from Dizzy’s from January 20. $20/ $15 .Booking recommended.
Sweet Ade plays an entertaining, diverse program featuring music from the late 1800s to the 2000s with a unique line-up: Marion Lustig (recorders), Janet Arndt (vocals), Peter Mason (clarinet, saxophones, ukelele, vocals), Lisette Payet (piano, ukelele, accordion, vocals), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone), Richard Opat (washboard, drums).
The first jam of the new 2018 year at The Leinster Arms will be on Sunday 21st January from 4pm until late.
By Taariq Hassan
The last jazz Jam of the year 2017 came and went with a bang.
A good turnout embraced the temperamental weather that Melbourne’s end of year December festivities offers and enjoyed some more: very loud drum solos; find a key singing; wandering tempos; lost chord changes and hackneyed show tunes and ancient standards being mangled yet again.
The players included your scribe on piano and guitar. Others who contributed on the bass were Ivan, Ponytail Peter and newcomer Luke who was quite proficient on the electric bass.
Piano players were not scarce. They included Lisette who also sang some songs including “Lonely Avenue” and “ Fragile” in G minor with a nice guitar solo by your correspondent.
Sam Izzo ; Gentleman John Curtis; Malcolm and the every able Kay Cai on piano and melodica all added their flourishes on the digital piano.
Fermin, Chico added guitars to the mix and yours truly played the big red guitar.
Drummers included : Michael ; Bill; Sebastien (a.k.a The Gallic Animal from the Muppets) ;Steve Bray ; Mike ” Drum solos a plenty” Hirsch and the swinging Andre.
Reed men included : Jeff; the wailing demon on alto sax. ; Peter; Capt. Chaos; Laurie and Keith.
Marion Lustig showed us her recorder skills. She did not do a lighter fluid and matches sacrifice of her instrument to conclude her performance ala Jimi Hendrix at Monterrey. I think Glenn the publican would have taken exception to that .
Vocals were warbled by Uncle Jack ,”A Foggy Day “, Lisette as mentioned before; some refused to be dictated to by key, pitch or songs that were written after 1920’s ended.
The surprise talent came from newcomer Tom P. Fresh from sunny Tasmania with his trombone , he showed us his very accurate pitching (on an instrument that can , in the wrong hands, be like a live cat being skinned) and his swinging , concise phrasing.
Come back in 2018. We need your contribution in brass.
I ended up leaving at about 7 pm after wading through some songs that ended up being ruined twice such as the ¾ time “ Alice in Wonderland” and other hoary old chestnuts.
I wish you all the season’s greetings for the pagan consumer summer solstice and hope to see and hear from you again for a bigger and better new year of Sunday jamming at the sheltered workshop for the tone deaf and rhythmically challenged.
Yes folks it is that time of the year again!
The big seasonal celebration will be held in the Atrium of The Leinster Arms on Sunday 3rd of December.
Every year this proves to be a lot of fun and time to catch up with a few Jammer friends.
Note that this also will be the last Jam for the year!
This scribe went along armed with an electric bass and a semi hollow electric guitar to see what could happen on a Sunday at the Leinster Arms……….
The following observations were made while your correspondent played as the sole and only bassist for nearly 4 hours nonstop.
At least four drummers turned up including Michael and Bill. As a bassist I listen to the drummer while playing the song and try to torture them occasionally, or is it the other way round? Continue reading
My band Sweet Ade will be playing a gig at Caulfield Park bandstand on Sunday, December 3. We’ll play from 3-4 pm, preceded by Glen Eira City Band at 2 pm. This is a delightful outdoor venue at the historic bandstand. There will be free art activities for children. We’ll be presenting an entertaining, interesting and eclectic program, balancing well-known tunes with little heard gems including early Australian jazz.
Sweet Ade is a lively, upbeat 6 person jazz band with an unusual colourful array of instruments – recorders, clarinet, saxophones, piano, sousaphone, washboard, drums, ukuleles, piano accordion and vocals.