From The Leinster Arms

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.

Taariq Hassan

Live at The Leinster

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.

TH

Sweet Ade at Dizzy’s

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.

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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).

Xmas Jam 3 Dec 2017

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.

Monster Jam for the Year will be Sunday 3rd Dec

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!

Chez Leinster on 19/11/17

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

From Marion

Hi,

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.

Cheers,

Marion Lustig

Inside The Leinster 12 Nov 2017

So with some of the riff raff wandering all over the country it was left to the crème de la crème to hold the fort at the centre of jamming invention that is The Leinster. That is to say a decent number of us graced the establishment with a surprising level of proficiency.

On Drums we had Steve Bray, Allan Richards and Mike Hirsch who all played well. On Piano Gentleman John Curtis played a long stint before being relieved by this (edited) scribe followed by Malcolm and later Richard and Trevor tinkled the digital ivories. Continue reading

Give a Shout for Adrian at JazzLab

Sunday, November 19, 7 pm-late, at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick

$25 & $20 concessions

Adrian Jackson is best-known to most jazz followers in Australia (and internationally) as the founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s three major jazz festivals – Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues; and, Stonnington Jazz (as well as jazz critic with The Age newspaper for around 15 years). In the past year he has had to deal with some adversity, and been unemployed, and over the last few months this has been further exacerbated with health problems.

The jazz community is coming together to return some of the support that Adrian has given it over a period of more than 30 years. Michael Tortoni, owner of The Jazzlab, is waiving his rental fees, while an impressive list of artists are committing to perform. So far, this roster includes the Julien Wilson Trio (with Stephen Magnusson and Stephen Grant) at 9.30 pm, Andrea Keller, Michelle Nicole, Tony Gould, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Sam Keevers, Scott Tinkler, Ronny Ferella, Eugene Ball, Mirko Guerrini, Illaria Crociani, Tamara Murphy, Niko Schauble and Sam Anning, amongst others (with recent confirmations including Doug DeVries, Bob Sedergreen, Paul Grabowsky, Chris McNulty, Jex Saarelaht, Jacq Gawler, and possibly the MJC Collective). Comperes will include some 3PBS-FM presenters.

Online donations can be made at Generosity.com, while a Silent Auction (with items such as a Day’s Recording at Niko Schauble’s Pughouse Studios) will be run in conjunction with the concert. More details on the Event page on Facebook.

Adrian Jackson Benefit at Jazz Lab

 

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Adrian Jackson (left) with Barney McAll at Wangarratta in 2013

Meanwhile, after 27 years as founding Artistic Director at Wangaratta (as well as the Melbourne and Stonnington jazz festivals), Adrian Jackson is currently unemployed, and in need of some non-major medical assistance. Knowing the ‘inside’ story, I can confidently state that both the Wangaratta and Melbourne festivals could have easily “fallen over” in early years of financial strain if Adrian had not gone way beyond the A.D. role, and worked on management and budget aspects (as well as taking effective pay cuts). He has also ‘backed’ the Australian creative music scene when this music does not always deliver audience numbers (I recall seeing ‘Band of Five Names’, with Phil Slater, playing to a modest audience at Chapel-off-Chapel as part of Stonnington Jazz almost a decade ago, but support like that often ‘bears fruit’ later, like Slater’s suite at Wangaratta). Continue reading

From Melbourne Jazz Co-operative

It is with great pleasure (and some relief) to be able to report that the Wangaratta Festival was clearly an overall success (particularly in terms of both attendance figures and musical standards), and its immediate future is assured.

At the time of the announcement that Adrian Jackson would not be re-appointed as Artistic Director, I made the point that in addition to a change in A.D., the Board also needed to hit the “reset” button and make some real improvements to the event (such as securing more corporate sponsorship). They delivered on several changes, with Continue reading