What’s On at The Grand Hotel

A great set by Chelly Parisi last week, with a tight rhythm section and the Driscoll in really fine form on his Flugel.

This week, Ruby Rogers will be singing up a storm. After rocking out Kojo Brown last week, she will be supported by Rene (bass), Putnamondrums and meself on piano filling in the fiddly bits.  It is not impossible that the evening will descend to a surprise  appearance by Captain Chaos himself, and if you must come, you are requested to be seated nicely by 5.30pm, so as to cushion the blow.

The Grand Hotel, corner of  Spencer Street and Flinders Street, Friday 26 April from 5.30 onwards

Next week…

The Captain Chaos Quartet gets booked for a function, and big news on Castlemaine…See ya round the traps..

Selected jam from the Gold Street Gossip Shop

What can I say – bleedin’ piss elegant it was:  only the jammers royalty turned up: (and me) – about 15 of us in all, Captain Chaos as ever wielding the metaphorical baton, Chelly Parisi ripping it up on vocals, Trent (sax) and Yassim (guitar) adding some class, Julian looking suitably baleful on trumpet, a welcome return from Peter Cole on sax and none other than Mr McCue, the Hibernian Houdini at the pianoforte. A rare visit by the Esteemed Editor from Bendigo, a fine rural city I am told, where you can pick up  hubcaps at a very reasonable price.  I learned, through idle discourse at Uncle Glen’s bar, that not only does the Ed not like whisky, (and was therefore, I assume, sent to the Colonies in disgrace), but that he rarely gets to play with an ensemble. Despite being the owner of several Yamaha pianos, he is often reduced to playing with himself, in the lonely wastelands of Outer East Bendigo or wherever he hails from. They do that sort of thing in the provinces, which explains a lot.

But I digress. The Jam session and the Newsletter. Ah yes, I remember now: apparently this is perused  by several people each week, only one of them being me. And if the other one is Professor Stanley the Van Hooft, we should note that he put in some particularly fine work on the bass – stayed all arvo and really drove us all along.. He’s probably not reading this. I wouldn’t, given half a chance.

Jack: he would be malingering, but he can’t be bothered….

This  brings me, somewhat inelegantly, to Jack the Lad. I checked in on the brand new hip last week, and was reliably informed that whilst the hip is fine, the Jack part of the alliance is  recovering slowly. He is already driving again (Audrey, up the wall, by her account),  and will be back as soon as he has ironed out the creases in his trombone… I have reassured him that we all miss his singing. Indeed, some of us have always missed his singing (if we can…)

Jazz Notes at The Treble Clef

In recent weeks, Jazz Notes has been preparing to play at The Treble Clef Jazz Lounge in Chirnside Park.

We are delighted to have three singers on the day:
Delia Gawthorne
Jan Blake
Luella McCormack

You can catch videos of Delia and Jan via the links at http://jazznotes.net.au/?p=492 but they’re better live. Luella’s new to jazz so you’ll have to come along to hear her!

Each will sing a set and, if we’re lucky, they might do something together to finish off the day.

The rest of the line-up will be:
Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Andrew Eames (bass)
Rob Mercer (drums)

We’ve been practising with Luella, Jan and Delia over the past few weeks. It’s been great fun and we’re really looking forward to Sunday!

Sun 28 April 2013, 2-5pm
Treble Clef Jazz Lounge
17 Paynes Rd
Chirnside Park 3116

The Treble Clef Jazz Lounge serves drinks and light snacks. Entry is free.

By the way, keep an eye on the web site for another session at Bar Oussou on Sun 12 May.

From Jan Blake

Hi live music supporters, I am having a ‘SPECIAL‘  birthday 😉 eeeekkk !!!! and invite you to come to Jazz on Main to enjoy my awesome Band ‘BODY and  SOUL’ and some birthday cake !!!!!

We will be  playing some gorgeous  Jazz/Blues and Latin tunes ! I have a very special guest Bass player as…..sob…  Frank will be away on business that weekend !  Many thanks to David  Taylor for filling in with his Double Bass, Woo Hoo !

You never know ,we may have some other ‘special  guests’ as well.
Hope you can make it !
Thanks for supporting live music in our city  !

FRiday 3rd May
JAZZ on MAIN
at the Upper Room
1st Floor, 106 Main St,  Lilydale
(on right HS over railway line from  City, come down the service lane out front, )
 (please don’t park in front of Ice Cream  Shop)
1st FRIDAY of the month  ……
( except for  June….new date tba due to Merimbula Jazz Festival falling the same  weekend)
8.00pm til 11.00pm
$15 pp,
Lounge environment, dance floor, NO BAR , coffee and biscuits included .
Details 0411342337
Best regards
Jan Blake

The Leinster Jam Session

Was rather busy again this week – Captain Chaos in fine form as ever.

Highlights (for me, anyway) were Mr Taariq playing some great bass – not too loud, right on the chord all the time. I think he must have been on performance enhancing substances, although he didn’t answer to James, Hird or Coach so maybe not. Great set, Mr T followed by Andy Moon, who was just as good, and so he should be because he can actually read those little dots they put over the chords to confuse the rest of us, and he sits in with a dead posh band when not playing at the jams.

Oh, and Chelly and Tess sang some great ballads – I really enjoyed sitting back and being entertained. John Curtis, Ali, Julian, James (drums), Andrew (drums), Danilo (DRUMS)  and a few others provided the candles on the cake.

Around fifteen musos provided a class performance all arvo. Stop it at once, it sets a dangerous precedent.

Ya wouldn’t be dead fer quids…
TW

The 51st Inaugural Vladivostok Jazz Bash (2014)

Has been relocated, possibly to Castlemaine, due to bad weather.  The Captain has scouted a couple of ace venues in the ancient burgh of Castlemaine, famous for its, well I am not sure what, really. Great assistance from John Hannah was much appreciated, and things are moving along nicely. So we didn’t have to send the Captain to Vladivostok after all, although, of course, the temptation remains, particularly when he starts playing Killer Joe or Footprints.

What’s Up With Jack

You may have heard that Jack Morris got run over by a four wheel drive, and has had to have a hip replacement. That is just a rumour, the truth is, he was playing Footprints or Killer Joe at the time: I would think that would constitute a complete defence for the bloke in the Nissan Pathfinder or whatever it was. Sadly, the trombone came out unscathed. There is no justice in the world any more, is there… get well soon Jack!

What’s on at the Grand Hotel?

This week, the slightly glamorous Chelly Parisi will be trotting out a mix of swing, show tunes, ballads and some funky little numbers; accompanied by Avi Ganesan on bass, Andrew Putnam on drums, meself on drugs, and Julian “put that light out” Driscoll keeping us all in good order. Ace night coming up!

Friday 19th April, from 5.30pm at the Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets

The 51st Inaugural Vladivostok Jazz Bash (2014) and other nonsense

 The proposed event above has been relocated, possibly to Castlemaine, due to bad weather. The Captain has scouted a couple of ace venues in the ancient burgh of Castlemaine, famous for its, well I am not sure what, really. Great assistance from John Hannah was much appreciated, and things are moving along nicely. So we didn’t have to send the Captain to Vladivostok after all, although, of course, the temptation remains, particularly when he starts playing Killer Joe or Footprints.

 What’s on at the Grand Hotel?

 This week, the slightly glamorous Chelly Parisi will be trotting out a mix of swing, show tunes, ballads and some funky little numbers; accompanied by Avi Ganesan on bass, Andrew Putnam on drums, meself on drugs, and Julian “put that light out” Driscoll keeping us all in good order. Ace night coming up!

Friday 19th April, from 5.30pm at the Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets

 What’s Up With Jack

You may have heard that Jack Morris got run over by a four wheel drive, and has had to have a hip replacement. That is just a rumour, the truth is, he was playing Footprints or Killer Joe at the time: I would think that would constitute a complete defence for the bloke in the Nissan Pathfinder or whatever it was. Sadly, the trombone came out unscathed. There is no justice in the world any more, is there… get well soon Jack!

The Leinster Jam Session

…was rather busy again this week – Captain Chaos in fine form as ever.

 Highlights (for me, anyway) were Mr Taariq playing some great bass – not too loud, right on the chord all the time. I think he must have been on performance enhancing substances, although he didn’t answer to James, Hird or Coach so maybe not. Great set, Mr T

 Followed by Andy Moon, who was just as good, and so he should be because he can actually read those little dots they put over the chords to confuse the rest of us, and he sits in with a dead posh band when not playing at the jams.

Oh, and Chelly and Tess sang some great ballads – I really enjoyed sitting back and being entertained. John Curtis, Ali, Julian, James (drums), Andrew (drums), Danilo (DRUMS) and a few others provided the candles on the cake.

 Around fifteen musos provided a class performance all arvo. Stop it at once, it sets a dangerous precedent.

Ya wouldn’t be dead fer quids…

JAZZ AT THE GRAND HOTEL

This week sees the return of Buddy Love, with his usual orchestra. Actually, Buddy’s orchestra is far from usual as he uses different musos every time; but this week’s line-up is particularly good: Ben Hooper on piano, Simon Atkinson on drums, Stewart Prentice on double bass, and, of course Captain Chaos or Leeontrumpet, or both probably.

It all goes off from 5.30pm onwards, Friday 12th April at the Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer and Flinders in the City. Drop in and check it out.

Last week the heavenly Miss Kay Young, and equally ethereal Risa produced a great show for an enthusiastic audience, so enthusiastic that we ran half an hour over time on the grounds that we were all enjoying it. Might try the double header thing again.

Jazz at the Leinster

From a very slow start on a “Ted free day” the Leinster Arms developed into a full on, very entertaining jam session.

The early regulars, John Curtis (keys), Bob Vinard (keys), Stan Van Hoof (bass), Julian Driscol (trumpet), Glen (drums) and yours truly (tenor)  were later joined by Tariq (guitar and bass), Ben (guitar) Peter (ex Tasmania ..drums) Simon (drums), Ray Hood (guitar), Tim (Tenor and Alto), Jasim (guitar), Trevor (harp), Yasims’s mate (very classy alto), Marion (recorder and keys), Keith (clarinet) and Izumi (alto). When we thought we were fully covered at 6.30 in walked Anthony Pell with his double bass. Vocals were beautifully executed by Tess (ex Sydney), Leisa and Debbie. Ray Hood chipped in with a  creditable vocal on Corcovado.

One notable train wreck (not a Leinster session if we don’t have at least one): the 3/4 Valse Hot by Sonny Rollins. Not called by the Captain this time but will be worked on to resurrect in the future. (be warned).

Not your normal correspondent.

THIS WEEK’S IDLE GOSSIP, 3rd APRIL 2013

JAM SESSION NOTES

Nope, there was no jam session last Sunday – or at least, if there was a jam session, a lot of us didn’t turn up. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that Hortense was there, doing a bit of background yearning; although if she was, I doubt you would have seen her. Miss H is properly inscrutable these days, even if rumour has it she was quite scrutable in her youth. Ask Rotten Ronnie Junior if you don’t believe me.

So… a Sunday Arvo of superlatives: no bum notes, the drums were never too loud, no-one dropped a bar, all of the Captain’s Fours went according to plan, the beer was free and everyone clapped every time a guitarist soloed. Really quite remarkable, so we won’t do that again.

This coming Sunday (7th April) should see the Gold Street Gossip Shop almost deserted, as it is traditional for no one to turn up the week after we have had a break. If you do turn up, feel free to sit in for as many songs as you like, or three choruses of Footprints, which would probably seem like it lasted longer anyway.

 WHEREFORE CASTLEMAINE – A JAZZ FEST UPDATE

Well, not really an update – we are hoping to meet with some Castlemaine venue operators in the next couple of weeks, courtesy of some fine legwork by Gwyn and John Hanna: with a view to seeing if we can form a fest around one particular venue in Castlemaine. Seasoned jammers may remember we went up there a couple of years ago, and rocked the tits off a white piano equipped bar for Gwyn’s birthday. Turns out she has one of these every year (who’d have thought?), so we might even do it again. Different venue.

 THE GRAND HOTEL: BIGGER, BETTER, YOUNGER, AND SLIGHTLY MORE RISA

Friday 5th April sees a double bill at the Grand – Kay “Crocodile Hunter” Young, back from the NT, and the equally ridiculously talented but slightly more Japanese Risa Khodani. For extra laughs, we have thrown Stuart Prentice in for Double Bass playing duties, but neglected to tell him about Risa’s penchant for singing obscure Japanese nursery rhymes at breakneck speed. The rest of us will be peaking on a variety of stimulant narcotics by that stage (or not as the case may be) in an attempt to keep up. Ben Stewart on guitar, the Captain taking over when it all gets out of hand.

Should be a good night.