What’s On, Where, Who, Why

Rubys Music Room: The Captain Chaos Sessions

The Friday session this week features the inestimably bright and bubbly Ruby Rogers, with her regular swing line up of Doug Kuhn (bass), Captain Chaos (saxaphone), Dean Constable (g’day Shorty) and meself on piano.

All havin’ a good time, and we hope you can be there to join in.

Ruby’s Music Room, Bennett\’s Lane, Friday 28th February, 5.30 – 8.30. Free entry.

Next week…. Risa Khodani, Kyoto’s answer to a question we haven’t yet thought of.

The Leinster Arms: QLD

The Gold Street Gossip Shop has been going off, of late. This one took a while to get going, and was decidedly off on occasion – a quieter session than usual but some roses amongst the thorns as ever. Hortense, who has of late, been barely visible, if at all, was barely visible. But I am unreliably informed that she might have been there, and as I couldn’t see that she wasn’t, must assume that to be the case.

She and Madge have taken to hanging about the combination Altona West bus shelter and Revivalist Meeting Hall of an evening. Hortense is beginning to think that Rotten Ronnie Junior will never show up, Madge the meanwhile remaining firmly seated, with a satisfied grin on her face.

If he ever gets found out, Rotten Ronnie will flatly deny everything.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the jam session… nice little interlude from Logan, fresh from the Land of the Long White Cloud (drummer). Restrained elegant session from Monsieur Sebastien. The Divine Miss Smith turned up late. Noel dropped in. Bishop Bennett, possibly awaiting the red cap now the monstrous Pell has gone to Rome to count shekels or something, played guitar and bass, Mr T alternated, Chelly turned up and didn’t sing. Kay turned up and did.

And we all played the usual rubbish, followed by the unusual rubbish, followed probably by more of the usual rubbish. Time to lean on the bar and have a Quiet Little Drink. “Twas all fun, but.

See ya this week?


The Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th and 8th 2014

So far, 25 bands have registered an interest, including Marek and the Arachnids, Sevil Sabah, the Divine Miss Smith, Stan Van H and the boys. And You?


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True or False

This week the quiz requires the exercise of careful judgment. The task is to assess whether a given proposition is true or correct, I mean  false!

Sochi and Jazz Jams – some similarities

1. They all look so young!

2. No face-plants here!

3. Triumph of style over competence.

4. The going is a bit mushy and slushy here and there.

5. Putin is not Il Duce.

6. Falling off the bar stool is not quite the half-pipe.


Castlemaine Jazz Jammers

Hello Mainstream Jazz Jammers,

We are fortunate to have Maggie Jackson as our featured artist on Sunday 2 March at The Comma, cnr Forest and Hargraves Streets, Castlemaine, 3.30pm start.

She will perform the opening set with bassist Doug Kuhn and drummer Geoff Sayer. Then it’s the usual deal — singers and instrumentalists put their names on the whiteboard to get up and have a blow.

Maggie is an accomplished pianist and vocalist who has appeared at The Hilton, the Regent Hotel, the Castlemaine Festival and at many other venues, festivals and special occasions.

She began performing in childhood with the O’Dowd Family Show Band, led by her parents. The band produced two albums, appeared in television specials, did concerts in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens and the Myer Music Bowl, and performed all over Australia. It played for all occasions, from big events to country balls and weddings.

As a solo artist, Maggie has made seven albums and is in demand for family gatherings, concerts and corporate functions.

Check out her website:  www.maggiejackson.com

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Sweet Ade – 2 March

Sweet Ade plays at Caulfield Park bandstand Sunday, March 2,  2 – 3 pm  in a free concert commencing 2 pm.   Art and crafts for children, BYO picnic.  Marion Lustig (recorders), Janet Arndt (vocals), Richard Opat (drums/washboard), Peter Mason (reeds/ukelele), Lisette Payet (piano/ukelele/accordion), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone).

ps note the time change to 2-3pm!

Jazz on Main

Hi live music enthusiasts,

We had a sensational start to the year with ‘Kunjani’ with a full house.! Friday Feb 28th we are thrilled to welcome Le Toot Ensemble, an incredible Ensemble that will amaze you with their musicalilty , entertainment and humour. They are FAB!!!!

March JoM will not be happening due to Inverloch Jazz Festival occuring on the 1st Friday of the month . April we will be back to the 1st Friday again.
Just call me if I have confused anyone ! 0411342337 !

Anyone on Facebook can ‘like’ my ‘Jazz on Main’ page and be kept up to date that way as well!
Lets keep live music happening in the outer east

Love Jan

JAZZ on Main (usually 1st Frid of month)
1st Floor
106 Main St
Lilydale ,( just over r/way line heading to yarra valley)
$15pp, lounge environment, dance floor, coffee and biscuits incl.

From the MSO

Hi there,

I hope you are well.  My name is Erica and I am getting touch on behalf of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as I thought you may be interested in the upcoming MSO Pops concert series, given there us a particular focus on Jazz this year.

On that note – the MSO Pops concert series has been reimagined for 2014 to bring it more in scope with a Broadway/Musical/Jazz theme paired with a  vintage glamour to appeal to a broad range of  Melburnians, from passionate  music lovers through to those who just love a good night out on the town.   In 2014, MSO Pops includes the very best of jazz trumpet with legendary James Morrison, unforgettable musical theatre tunes and all-American greatest hits with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

There are three concerts in the MSO Pops series, which are held at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall at 7pm on the Saturday, followed by a matinee session on the Sunday.  The first concert is A Journey Through Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Herbie Hancock and will be held on Saturday 8th March  at 7pm, followed by a matinee on Sunday 9th March at 2pm

The following concerts are in June and then November, with the full program listed here: www.mso.com.au/pops

I can absolutely provide images or interview as you wish, along with greater information about the series. I would be more than happy to look at arranging tickets, should you wish to attend the concerts.

We’re really keen to let people know that there is a subscription offer available, which reduces the cost of the series somewhat.  Obviously this is only relevant up until the first concert, so that people get the whole series.

I thought it might also be worth mentioning that we’re currently holding a competition in which everyone who buys a subscription or a ticket to the first concert gets the chance to win a trip toe ‘the home of jazz’, New Orleans… And who wouldn’t want to win that? (OK yes, I’m biased!)

I’d love the opportunity to chat this through with you further to gauge your  interest in supporting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and even potentially chat through some ideas. A blog post in the lead up to the first concert would be ace, but we’d love any support you’re willing to give across your community to #MSOPops

Given the first concert is a less than a fortnight away, keen to move very quickly so by all means feel free to call me directly if you have questions or if there is someone else to whom I should direct my query.

Thanks so much for making it to the end of this email and I do hope we can work together to spread some MSO love to the peeps of Melbourne.



What’s On, Where, Who, Why

Rubys Music Room: The Captain Chaos Sessions
The Friday session this week features Debby Woodroffe on vocals, Taariq Hassan on bass, Ann Smith on drums, and meself, probably on tranquillisers. Oh, and Captain Chaos hisgoodself may well put in an appearance for good measure.

Jammers who turn up (and why wouldn’t you, with Bubbles singing) may well be treated to the sight of Rob Cripps having palpitations, at no extra cost.

Ruby’s Music Room, Bennett\’s Lane, Friday 21st February, 5.30 – 8.30.  Free entry.

Next week…. Ruby Rogers!

The Leinster Arms: Another Fine Schemozzle

After the Halls Gap weekend saxophone free session (ah, ’twas bliss for the singers!) normal service was resumed with the Reverend C Chaos back in the pulpit. Amongst the many fine psalms enjoyed by a largish congregation, the two stand-outs of the arvo were St Thomas, never played better (coming off a low base, admittedly) with James Chan sublime on drums, Brent (new tenor sax) soloing and a good time had by all; and Chelly going the turps on Cry Me  A River – what a great rendition that was.

Anne Craig, looking rather glamorous, popped in after a gig and flooted up a storm. The Blaze, (guitar) cooking. Bishop Bennett going totally over the top in guitar.

For some strange reason, there were lots of faces we haven’t seen for a while: Don Beech on guitar, Yassin, Brent, and Paul Phillips, drums, getting amongst it big time, and an afternoon capped off by the three tonsils Kay Young, the Divine Miss Smiff and Sevil.

It was almost brillig in the slithy tove. Dylan T would have been proud of us if he hadn’t drunk so much whisky, moved to Australlia, lived to 104 and dropped in.

See ya next week?

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th and 8th 2014

We have had a remarkably good response from Bands, including many who were playing at Halls Gap Jazz Festival. Enquiries from all over Victoria, South Australia, and even Queensland. What is the Captain up to? Hope he keeps doing it.

To all those who have been badgered into lending equipment for the Festival, now would be a good time to change the locks, put the mobile on silent and lie low – we will be in touch fairly soon. All joking aside (well most of it anyway) if we can raise enough loan equipment, this will make an enormous difference to the Festival’s success.


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