Many of you will remember Louis Burty Bedeux who played melodica, clarinet and keys at the Leinster jams until a couple of years ago.
In August 2012, Louis initiated Soirée Musique, a monthly jam and open mic event featuring diverse music (including quite a bit of jazz) and held at Bar Oussou in Brunswick.
Attendances have always been very good, regularly attracting over 40 followers (in addition to Bar Oussou’s usual clientele).
The program has evolved into:
8-10pm Set program with invited artists backed by the house band, currently comprising Ann Craig (flute), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Tony Luxmoore (keys), Stan Van Hooft (bass), Paul Phillips (drums).
10pm-late Open mic. Artists provide their own live backing or use the house band, generally playing 10-minute spots.
A few months ago, Louis moved to Brisbane and the organising of the Soirée was taken over by Alan West. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Bar Oussou decided to move in other directions so we have been seeking a new home. About the same time, Alan West stepped down from the organiser’s role and it was taken over by Ann Craig and Kevin Blazé.
On Friday, 4 October, Soirée Musique will be moving to Kojo Brown, 294 Bridge Rd, Richmond (opposite Richmond Town Hall). The program commences at 8pm.