What Happens When . . .

  • What happens when you put 5 pianists, 5 saxophonists, 3 drummers, 2 bassists, 2 guitarists, 2 vocalists and a very smooth flugal horn together in a pub in Collinwood on a Sunday afternoon?
  • Answer………wall to wall jazz from 4.00 to 8.00.

Top of the bill was the very component Adi Ish on keys hotly, followed by Danilo (not the drummer) who has recently arrived from Italy also on keys. They were well supported by John, Bob and Richard. Jeff, the first of the saxophonists to arrive was soon joined by Trent and Adi. Keith joined in a little later. James kept up the meter until he had to leave at 6pm but fortunately the other Danilo arrived 5 minutes later to drum almost to the end when Glen was able to pull himself away from bar duties for a short play. Stan played bass for the first two hours but also had to leave at 6. Great relief when Anton walked in and took over the playing of the low notes. Yasim and Ben shared on guitar. Soaring over the top of all the noise was the impeccable Julian on flugal. Tess and Debbie provided fine vocal relief.

Marg, Buddy and Ivan made up part of a reasonable size audience.

Jeff and Anton were regular jammers in the Ramage, Glasshouse, La Pena and Royal Standard days. Not so regular now but always great to see them return to the fold.

Another satisfying jam was had by all.

  • What would be the odds of having two musicians with the name Danilo and two with the name Adi at the same jam session on a Sunday afternoon at the Leinster?

Not your usual correspondent


Q1. Answer: Wrong, there is no prize for finding spelling mistooks. They are inserted deliberately to see if anyone notices.

Q2. Answer: TW does know how to spell saxophone, see Q1 above!

Q3. CC and CG could not be the same person, as one plays the saxophone all the time and could not possibly have the time for anything else while the other one does in fact do something else. I think.



The Lunatic Soup Lounge Goes Off Once More, or…

There was a truly amazing jam session at the Leinster last Sunday: lots of people turned up, they played, they sang, they mangled Autumn Leaves and Summertime. The saxaphonists played about 125 choruses of Watermelon Man, and the First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women probably announced the arrival of the horns. Or that was the title of a pamphlet by John Knox (*), I can’t remember which.

Speaking of which, Hortense may have been spotted, dressed, as is her wont, in black and red and lurking wistfully in the nether regions of the back bar, whilst a profoundly inebriated audience danced to the delicate strains of the Captain Chaos Quartet extra 3B Reserves ensemble, with Gay Abandon on the tabletops ’til three in the morning. Sounds like fun, does anyone have Gay’s phone number?

Or not, as the case may be… as I wasn’t there, I cannot honestly say that it did not happen.,

(*)  Actually, Knox could have been describing the average Jam Session: “For who can denie but it repugneth to nature, that the blind shal be appointed to leade and conduct such as do see? That the weake, the sicke, and impotent persones shall norishe and kepe the hole and strong, and finallie, that the foolishe, madde and phrenetike shal gouerne the discrete, and giue counsel to such as be sober of mind?” This was published in 1558, so I expect it refers to the original Dizzy’s sessions, and not us.

What’s On? – Castlemaine Jam Sun 2nd June

Castlemaine Jam Session at The Comma,  Hargreaves St, Castlemaine on Sunday 2nd June

They didn’t completely cock it up last time, so they are going to have another go..Ken Turnbull and John Hannah mainly to blame…The Melbourne Jazz Jammers are lending moral support and an ageing pianist to this, as a starting point for the proposed Jazz Fest.

The lads have been barnstorming the  area drumming up support, conniving dubious articles and promos in press and radio, and e-mailing all the contacts from the first session. At least three people will turn up, maybe more. Whatever, if it is half as much fun as the first one, or you don’t know how far Castlemaine is from almost everywhere else, or you feel like a drive in the country, why not drop in, tune up and blow the proverbials off ya fave toon or three…

What’s On 2? – Leinster Arms Jam Session, Gold Street, Collingwood: Sunday 2nd June

You may well ask – we seem to be getting busier…

Yet again, the tone will be lowered from 4.00pm onwards. Serious ballad manglers are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring. Frivolous ballad manglers are encouraged to throw their ring in the hat. The rest can just turn up and have a good time…

The Grand Hotel: 31st May: Anne Hayres and the Curtis Crew

Last week, young Ruby Rogers ramped it up, ably supported by Ben Stewart (guitar), Putna Mondrum, Rene Tessmer (double bass), and meself, with the whole shebang beautifully led astray by none other than Captain Chaos (sax) and Marek Podstawek on vibraphone.. we had a whole lotta fun, in front of a modest crowd, who seemed quite taken with the additions to the Ruby Rogers Repertoire deluxe…

This week, decorum returns, with Gentleman John Curtis leading the charge, Anne Hayres waving the flag,  Dave Taylor loading the muskets, and Putna Mondrum wondering where it will all end.

Anne Hayres and the Curtis Crew: The Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets, Friday 31st May from 5.30 to 8.30:

Jammers play real music: audience now seriously confused

The Lunatic Soup Lounge went mildly well last Sunday. Due to a misunderstanding, the not inconsiderable number of musos that turned up started  well and then got progressively better. I accept that not everyone gets as much pleasure out of a comprehensive cock-up as the more seasoned jammers, but our patience was not rewarded. Even the Captain could not conjure up some chaos, it would seem.

Props then to Julian (flugel) (1) and Sir Roger De Coverley (sax)(2) for a memorable opening competition on I’ll Remember April. (3)

The somewhat debonair Mr Curtis did the tinkly bits for a while, followed by the rather more percussive Jude Russell de Bendigo. We ‘ll glue the notes back on later, but it was fun while it lasted..

Some gentle drumming from Danilo, followed by Jacopo. What is it with Italians and drums?

Sewing Machines: Chelly (the evening’s bop version of My Funny Valentine) and Melinda (murdered Don'[t Go To Strangers, ably assisted by John C) and an experimental bracket from Jude, which was quite fun. Frances got up and, despite the best efforts of the rhythm section, sang briefly and beautifully.

Et ceters: Lots of other people: playing lots of other instruments (Ben, Yassin, Trent, Bob, etc.etc. And probably half a dozen bassists. And a few woolly headed etceteras that I can’t remember. I have tried taking notes, but the other pianists don’t like it.

Anyhoo, all in all a really good session. So the next one will probably be back to normal. Ity normally is.

Explanatory Notes
(1)        Apparently this is a sort of horn, not a treatment for coughs and colds

(2)        I think that is how he spells it, you can never be sure with de Coverley, the cad.

(3)        Which I can never remember.

(4)          (Reserved for futute use?)


The Grand Hotel: Parisi runs hot, Rogers to come

Last Friday, Chelly Parisi put in a stylish and confident set of jazz standards, directing the rhythm section with aplomb, and drawing a good crowd. Kip Dale and Dean Constable were also to blame. Nice.

This week, Ruby Rogers will be swinging it up in her own unique style, supported by Rene Tessmer on bass and Putna Mondrum. Ben Stewart (ukulele or something) will be soloing, and I will try not to get in his way on the piano forte. The Rogers sessions are a favourite with the locals and the  Bar staff, always different, and invariably good fun.

The Ruby Rogers Experience at The Grand Hotel, Cnr Flinders and Spencer Streets, Friday May 24th from 5.30pm

Dizzy’s Big Band

Wednesday, 22 May

Dizzy’s outstanding 18-piece Big Band plays every Wednesday playing traditional arrangements from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Duke Ellington through to modern masters such as Gordon Goodwin and Tom Harrell. Featuring a rotating roster of great singers each week. An absolute treat to listen to, undeniably the best Big Band in Melbourne! A lovely way to spend your Wednesday nights; dinner and drinks with Dizzy’s Big Band.

Start Time: 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: $14.00/$10.00