The Lunatic Lounge last Sunday

Class all the way, actually.. We opened with Fermin and Manal singing Girl From Ipanema, followed by Corcovado which featured a sensitive and exquisite saxophone solo from young (he tells me) Clark.

Youtube clip of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto click here

There followed a lively instrumental set, opening with Yardbird Suite, followed by the politically correct version of Coming Home Baby, written by Ben Tucker, with covers by Herbie Mann and Mel Torme; followed by pubmeister Glen saying it was all too loud..

Youtube clip of Mel Torme singing Coming Home Baby click here

and a 1998 version by Herbie Mann click here

The standard had been set: the Captain maintained that it was down to him barely playing at all – I don’t think so. Contributions from Keef (clarinet) Julian (floot) Rick (Sir Roger’s oppo and some classy sax) Laurie on his baritone, Tim briefly on trumpet, Neil on guitar, Brian and Kev on tonsils, Manal again and the two indefatigables: Mike Hirsh on drums, and Ivan on double bass. They both swung hard all afternoon and really drove the session.

Malcolm got to the piano in the nick of time (I was exhausted) and fired up a lively blues set before settling down to Tenderly (1946, Gross and Lawrence)

At which point the Late Miss Smith arrived, and sang, amongst other gems, Two For the Road, written by Mancini in 2004

All in all, a splendid afternoon’s entertainment, with no more than the usual train wrecks in there somewhere for good measure.

From Charts to Chops
Lawrie produced an obscure chart for Keith Jarrett’s Memories of Tomorrow a couple of weeks ago. We played it in a weird hybrid tempo and it was generally held to be a reasonable trainwreck at the time. Laurie slightly improved it the next time, and he absolutely nailed it on the third go – it is always good to try new stuff and this tune deserves to become a regular inclusion in future jams. click here for a sax version

Summary
This was an exceptionally good session (please read it won’t reach this standard too often) and featured a wide range of tunes – bossa, blues, bebop ballads and swing, the return of Manal and Tim, absolutely no trainwrecks, and a tight rhythm section which made for an entertaining afternoon. Next week, we hope to see some new faces, remembering that the Jam is a great opportunity for beginners to develop their chops.

See ya Sunday?
TW

Late breaking News! Future Jam Sessions (part 4)

The Junktion Hotel invites you . . .

We have had a good response from regular jammers with a variety of suggested venues. Fermin has arranged two trial sessions on Sunday at the Junktion Hotel in Kew (details below) . Jammers are encouraged to turn up, tune up and join in, with the aim of :-
(a) Persuading venue management to make this a regular event.

(b) Bringing as many friends as possible – obviously this doesn’t apply to drummers

The first session is on this Sunday 20th of May. when the jam will transfer for two weeks from the Leinster to sunny downtown Kew Junction.

The Junktion Hotel, 99 High Street, South Kew – the Hotel is on the corner of Kew Junction. Public parking is available behind the Mercedes dealer/behind the High Street Shops off Fenton Street from High St, Kew.

For website click here

Classy looking Bistro. Even more details next week

The Leinster runs hot, and the film crew don’t get in the way

Film crew in attendance, and wandered in just as the session was getting started. Occasional drummer Mack in the chair, Jeff in fine form on saxaxphone, the Captain and Laurie in support, and Neil the imperturbable on guitar. Spiffin…until Coming Home Baby morphed from a swing tune to an indescribable soft rock, funk beat. We replaced the bass player as soon as possible, with U-Turn Ivan and the five string double bass.

The film crew managed not to get in anybody’s way, and hopefully got some useable footage. Later musos included Will (sax), Fermin (guitar) Nessrs Findlay and Bill on drums and Julian (Floot);, with Susie turning up for a warble, and Malcolm (piano) taking over the rhythm section duties. All the others were, as ever, too young talented and good looking to mention. Or I forgot, take your pick.

At which point the Late Miss Smith arrived, and sang, amongst other gems, a great version of But Beautiful.

All in all, a splendid afternoon’s entertainment, with no more than the usual train wrecks in there somewhere for good measure.

See ya next week?

The Leinster Arms, Gold Street Collingwood, will be back on Sunday 13th May at 4.00pm.
TW

Future Jam Sessions(part 3) The Friday Night Debacle and loads of fun…

The Captain loaded up his saxophone and music stands, in downtown Williamstown, drove to the Laughing Leinster and loaded up the piano, stand and bass amp, drove on to St Kilda and transferred all the above to the orchestral ute, along with PA, stands and speakers, and drove Miss K, and meself to West Beach Pavilion…which seemed ominously quiet. Turned out the management had neglected to go through with their agreement, closed early and neglected to tell anyone about it, Sticks Findlay had half unloaded the drum kit, and we had the ute partly unloaded of every thing else. Once the remnant staff, whose collective IQ would struggle to reach double figures, had explained that the management had left us and anyone coming in the proverbial lurch, the pin was rapidly pulled.

We called every one of the friends and musos who had let us know they were coming, and can be held responsible for the violent U-turn executed by Ivan; and apologise to anyone else who did turn up on a bitterly cold night to find the WBP closed.

We subsequently reloaded all the above, repaired to Chateau Emilton and unloaded everything, reloaded Col’s car and then drank whisky until we felt better.

Probably best left alone. If anyone wishes to post a comment, https://www.westbeachstkilda.com.au/, but keep yourself nice

So we are still looking for a suitable future venue for the Jammers. Patience, children!

Wow! That was a surprise

There was speculation a couple of weeks ago that the best jam sessions sometimes comprise a decidedly random set of musos. Last Sunday’s bash proved the point – no bass player all afternoon, a couple of very good piano players, (plus a couple more), no singers and the redoubtable (no I am not sure what that means either) Neil, Fermin and Vlad on guitars. Continue reading

So you want to be in the movies?

Dream on, but Caren and her technical team will be filming during the jam session at the Leinster Arms on Sunday 6th May. She will be doing short interviews with a few musos, most of whom are so old and ugly it will probably end up a horror movie – she has spoken to a wide range of jammers, but make an effort to be there.

The Jam session: 15 Musos with nothing better to do

The Leinster Arms Hotel
Well, a quiet day for a change, in the Chateau de Leinster, and 15 musos (and you may treat the term with derision if you wish) all neatly lined up to take their turn (hah!) in mangling a fine selection of toons. We even played a Peter Ryan original, but we were getting desperate by then. Continue reading

Madge: the news from Refinery Terrace

It has been quiet of late, in West Altona’s leafiest suburban street. What a pity there are no trees to go with it. After the debacle with Rotten Ronnie Junior, of which the less said the better, Madge has taken to her room, with only a cask port and a catering pack of Winnie Blues to sustain her. There may have been the occasional foray to the Strangled Parrot, West Altona’s first and last licensed cabaret venue, but not many matelots get that far these days . . . and even fewer get back.

Hortense on the other hand, has been lurking about the jazz bars and live music venues of Melbourne, generally keeping to herself, or not, as the case may be. She may well have been sitting outside the Gold Street Gossip shop enjoying the music, but that would have been on Easter Sunday.
TW