Definitely happening, although it was a close run thing. We try, laughably, to get things right in the newsletter, at least within the bounds of imaginative feasibility. This week, we thought we had got it wrong and wrote a heart rending article about how the Tower Hotel had been unable to confirm the Jam Session. Some of you may have heard this. We were, as it turns out, wrong about being wrong. The Tower confirmed late on Wednesday.
Yippee – pin back yer lug ‘oles and mosey on down to
The Tower Hotel
686 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3123
Sunday 29th November, 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Try not to hang around in the TAB, Smoking Balcony or Pokies Parlour – we will be in the Bistro, at the pointy end of the Tower, you will see what I mean when you get there.
Room Limits: I think we will be limited to 45 peeps, so an early start is recommended
Contact Tracing: It is up to the Hotel to provide a system for recording your presence, but if all else fails, we will have a manual system, comprising a clipboard and a Bic. You will need to record name and phone number, possibly time of arrival, time of departure, driving licence number, inside leg measurement and address of your best friend’s mate’s dentist. You may get the impression that we are not entirely sure about this, but will have it sorted by Sunday.
Face Masks: Should you wear a mask? Indoors, not socially distanced, yes. As a kindness to others, particularly if you have been hit with the ugly stick. Saxophone players and their ilk may remove masks for the purposes of making as much noise as possible.
The Openers: To settle you lot down, we will be starting with the incomparable Annie Smith, with Malcolm Hornby on keys, Dave Taylor on double bass, and Mike Hirsh on drums. What a line up! After their opening set, the glide path will be gently downhilll as everyone else (that’s you!) joins in.
If that doesn’t float yer boat, or if you need more live music, see Music This Weekend for some suggestions on where to go instead (or as well).
Some handy links
The Newport Jazz Festival is about to be re-launched (fancy way of saying it needs editing to bring it up to date.) Amongst the gems under consideration are some revised ticketing arrangements (for the reduced capacities) and reworking the list of featured bands – a lot ot the good ones have already put their hand up.
Again, this one should spring to life in December/January as details of the Festival are established
Marg has been cross promoting the Jam Sessions and posting some intriguing links to recordings of Jazz musos of years past.
Music this weekend
We are still doing the side gigs that we originally thought would be a handy lead up to the main event – drop in and say hello… both sessions were pretty much standing room only last week.
Yuko Onishi at The Victorian Wine Centre, 22 Armstrong Street, Middle Park.
Yuko! This week, the Osakan chanteuse will lead Alan West (sax), Doug Kuhn (double bass) and TW on keys through a song book of standards.
Friday, 27th November, 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Last week’s first session, in front of a typically Middle Park crowd, way exceeded proprietor Steve’s expectations, and he has happily confirmed repeat sessions every Friday before Christmas. Expect to see different singers every week.
Katerina Myskova at the Challis Street Fandango:
This event gets better and better: Captain Chaos has arranged a fortnightly session – and an excited La Myskova returns this week. TW on Keys, Captain Chaos on sax, and Steve Martin on double bass – as relaxed a Saturday morning as you could imagine, and getting to be a hit with the locals. Limited seating so turn up early. Jamie serves the best coffee in town. Really
Challis Street Shopping Centre, cnr Challis Street and Woods Street, Newport
Saturday November 28th 10.00 am to 12.30