Next time, bring a chainsaw, ear plugs and a hard hat…

    I have noticed that it is getting harder and harder to move around  the Lizard Lounge of a Sunday afternoon. Either the place is shrinking or the jam sessions are growing ever more packed. Withthat many people playing, some industrial strength jazz ensued. Top stuff, but  I am sure normal service will be resumed shortly.   In  the meantime we may be regaled with the sight of seven or eight  soloists eagerly putting the boot, chainsaw or elbow in, as they struggle to the fore. Mercy, Mercy Mercy!

    Which,. come to think of it, was a highlight of last Sunday’s effort, probably the busiest, certainly the noisiest, yet. Other moments of memorable chaos included Bill on Flugelhorn, Chelly essaying jazz singing to great effect, Jeremy bopping through the    door wearing a foppishly large cloth cap, and carrying his foppishlylarge double bass. Carol, Lisbeth, Mel and Sandro sang, Stan, Taariq, Avi and the aforementioned Frenchman played bass. After a  welcome back session from Danilo, Glen played an outstanding set on drums – if he gets too cocky about it, we will remind him of his    first jazz effort on the electronic drum set, which he will    undoubtedly deny. Bob and then Rod took over on keys, leaving me    little to do but sip on a Guinness and wonder where it was all going    to end. Eventually I started wondering when it was going to endinstead, and went home, as you do…

    I won’t mention the Captain and his big brass/woodwind section  (Keef, Tim, Alex, Ali, Bill, Aaron and Nick), and for the first timein living memory, I don’t recall any fours being called.

    Society’s to blame…


From Noel:

Really appreciated the inclusion of the piece on Stan Getz  in recent newsletter.

I have just finished reading the book upon which it was based and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about this complex and troubled master musician.

Like Ross Russell’s “Bird Lives”, it should be required reading for anyone involved in our music….

To add to the understanding I attach some excerpts from the book “Jazz At Ronnie Scott’s” quoting Stan on Stan, and Ronnie Scott on Stan.

That is also a book worth reading, if you can find a copy….

Best wishes

More on Stan Getz from Noel

Excerpts from the book “Jazz At Ronnie Scott’s” by Kitty Grime: publishers Robert Hale London
Stan Getz: Ballads intrigue me. I let the mood do what it wants. I never intend to do anything, it just comes out as the piece dictates. You’ll notice that I never even close my eyes, but my mind is on the music. Everything comes from within, no images are conjured up that are based on what I see.

There are some ballads on which I don’t play anything but the melody – Lush Life” is one of those – the melody is so beautiful it says everything for me.

I rarely feed off another instrument in the group, because I never hear just a single piece in the rhythm section. I hear the entire underpinning; piano, bass and drums. When I improvise, I do it on top of them collectively, not individually. I subconsciously work on three levels simultaneously – my inner feelings, the tune and the rhythm section.

Ronnie Scott: During those moving, poignant ballads of his you could have heard a pin drop. And if anyone had dropped a pin, he’d have got a look from Stan’s baby-blue eyes which would have felled a polar bear.


What’s On at the Grand Hotel

This week:
Friday: The ever debonair John Curtis will be accompanying the smooth Annie Hayres in an evening of untrammelled debonairness and smoothness
Saturday: Rocket Rod Murray will be putting the finishing touches to the piano, and Lisbeth Jacobsen, in her inaugural gig, will be fronting the microphone.  If the run through at the LIzard Lounge is any guide, this will be a fun night –

Next week:
Friday: Amy Jaulin with TW, Tom and Avi. Amy ranges throughgentle ballads and belters, and sings songs from blues to contemporary. She always attracts a crowd.
Saturday: Annie Hayres (again!) but this time with Keef on sax, and the Curtis, exactly a week older than when he last playedhere, will be playing again..

Annie Smith at Dizzy’s

I am delighted to be singing at Dizzy’s in June with the inimitable Neville Turner on piano.  Neville’s playing is superb. It ranges from the serene to the surreal…. from something breathtakingly brilliant to something surprisingly simple. It’s quirky and captivating. Add that to his encyclopaedic knowledge of music that he loves to share and an entertaining evening is assured. Neville and I will be backed by the fine talents of David Taylor on double bass and Greg Appleton on drums.

Bookings for dinner advisable:
381 Burnley St Richmond,, (03) 94281233


new jazz underground presents…
Thursdays in June: Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne
Free Entry  7:30pm
Special Guests Chelsea Wilson (28th) Davy Simony and Tash Sultana (7th +14th) and more tba
Ph. 9670 2329Henry Manetta and the Trip will bring their unique funk/soul/jazz fireworks to the Horse Bazaar every Thursday in June. Featuring Adam Rudegeair on piano, Adam Spiegl on bass and James Wingard on drums.

“An impressive range indeed. Like some mystical combination of Tom Waits and Nina Simone.” -SYN FM

Miss Hortense is not amused, and neither is her pussy

    Wild times on Sunday at a packed  Lizard Lounge and Lunatic Soup  Kitchen, aka The Leinster Arms. Hortense may have been hovering in  the nether regions, as she is wont to do, complaining sotto voce    that there wasn’t enough room to swing a cat. Actually, neither    Hortense nor her pussy have been swinging much of late, ever since    that unfortunate incident when Rotten Ronnie Junior got into a fight    and suffered a nasty blow in the Ballarat region.

    But I digress. Back at the Gold Street Gossip Saloon, another eight    saxophonists turned up, making for a right old shemozzle of an    afternoon’s entertainment. Taariq (bass) was as happy as a pig in    the proverbial, what with getting to play for about three hours    without a break, Rod Murray, Gentlemen John Curtis, Bob and meself    got away with having the piano turned up, Louis, Glen and Andrew    contributed percussively, whilst Fred continued to hammer his    bongos/congas into the ground. Anne H and  Lisbeth did the vocals,    Natalie fluted, Jack the T  threw in a slush pump medley, and the    aforementioned Captain, Keef, Aaron, Tim, Peter, Nick, Ali and Louis    did their reeds thing (Louis and Keef sensibly switched to  clarinet), all in front of a mildly bemused audience, not all of    whom had their 76th birthday, although Di couldn’t resist the    temptation.

    As ever, the music making moved to another level as Al Papa Jazz    strode purposefully to his chair in the corner.  Sadly, he didn’t    stay there, and we were treated to yet  another demonstration of his    drumming ability, which, as avid readers would know, remains in a    class of its own. Not once did Al lose the beat…

    …having craftily elected not to find it in the first place.

    Genius! TW

What’s on at The Grand Hotel

Next Friday sees the delightful Annie Smith, accompanied by    Sam Izzo on piano, Jules on drums and I am not quite sure who on    bass. There will be a surprise guest appearance by the Captain. The    sublime Miss Smiff never fails to entertain, and draws  a good    crowd. Immaculately prepared, she even turned up with a sketch pad    and pencil last time. Drew a good crowd too.

Saturday: The irrepressible Ruby Rogers singing, meself, Tom    and Avi trying to keep up. RR will be singing a whole bunch of    standards, blues and show tunes, along with more contemporary stuff.    If the audience has half as much fun as she does, it will be quite a    night.

Marion at the Rosstown

Marion Lustig’s recorder-led band Sweet Ade has a short charity gig this coming Saturday, May 26 at the Rosstown Hotel (corner Dandenong and Koornang Rds) in Carnegie from 4.30-5.45 pm. The musicians are Marion on recorders, Joe Kenyon on sousaphonr, Lyn Thomas on piano, Richard Opat on washboard and drums, Andrew Stephens on banjo, Ray Oliphant on clarinet and Janet Arndt vocals. Lighthearted,  ragtime/jazz with smatterings of folk/eclectic, inspired by Ade Monsbrough’s recorder playing. All welcome!

The Sound – Stan Getz

The Sound, aka Stan Getz, was the man with the distinctive and beautiful tone.

 “Let’s face it—we’d all sound like that if we could.”  said John Coltrane.

The sound and the playing put him in top of the polls, yet his personal life was turbulent, marred by depression, alcohol and heroin addictions, and violent outbursts. In his book Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz Donald L. Maggin quotes saxophonist Zoot Sims as saying, “Yeah, Stan’s a nice bunch of guys.”

Born on February 2, 1927, and raised in the Bronx, Getz was a handsome, intelligent child who was drawn to music. He began playing harmonica, and in high school he progressed to bass, then bassoon, and demonstrated perfect pitch and a photographic memory. He acquired a beat-up alto saxophone in 1940, played local gigs and saved enough to buy a tenor. In 1943 he quit school and joined the band of trombonist Jack Teagarden which broke up in southern California where Getz settled.

In 1944 he joined the Stan Kenton band and, at eighteen, became its premiere soloist. . . . keep reading

What’s on at the Grand Hotel

The venue continues to grow in popularity . It is on the corner of Spencer and Flinders, and the cocktail bar is just past the Library on the right. It is all dead posh, except for Friday 5.30 – 8.30 and Saturday 6.00 – 9.00. Drop in and enjoy the groove.

May 19th: Buddy Love sings – lineup still to be advised at this stage. Buddy is a regular at Kojo Brown, and this is his second session at the Grand. Smooth crooner.