What’s On, What’s not, What Ho! Rubys Music Room: The Captain Chaos Sessions

The Captain Chaos sessions (continued). This week, all chaos to be laid firmly at the door of improbably glamorous chanteuse Ange Strickland … showcasing her jazz rep with support from Doug Kuhn (bass), meself (piano) and Spike on drums.

Rubys Music Room is starting to attract a diverse crowd – plenty of jammers have been turning up, which is great, but in recent weeks there have been more and more completebluddystrangers sitting over a wine or three and enjoying the music. What a great way to end your working week!


Ange Strickland

And next week, a welcome return from Ruby Rogers. Yup, sequins all over da joint..

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

The Gold Street Gossip Shop : Well, that was weird…

An entire session without a bass player … leading to some mighty fine adjustments from the usual suspects, if not from a coupla unusual suspects as well.

After last week’s shenanigans, it was almost a relief to quieten down a bit, although I suspect the Captain gets more fun from creating chaos on a grander scale. An opportunity to trot through the entire canon of songswhatcolknows and a few gems amongst thetrainwrecks were to be savoured.

Notwithstanding the lack of basso profundo, some dextrous playing by Lisette (looking rather spiffin’ as she had a gig to go to after), a fair innings from the debonair JC, and Chelly going the tonk later in the arvo. All rather pleasant and even, on occasion, restrained.

It could have been the cold weather, but personally I think society is to blame.

Nobody received a knighthood, so that was nice..


The Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th and 8th 2014

One of our aims for the Festival is to get a diverse range of bands – so if you like swing, bebop blues or trad – there will be something for you!

If you you like swing, bebop blues and trad, you are a sick puppy, quite possibly confused, and there will be an awful lot for you.

And if you can’t choose which bands to see, you could go for the lot and it will only cost you $1.87 per band. Bargain!

Featured bands this week on the website..just click on the news tab

  • The Daylesford Swing Band (all 20 of them… gulp)
  • Robbie Melville Trio
  • Moodswing
  • Standing Tall (Stan! where did you get that shirt??)
  • The Tim Nelson Band
  • Vida Petrini
  • Malt and Rye
  • The Paul Van Ross Trio



Jazz On Main

Hi live music enthusiasts,
SOLEAD Q are back at Jazz on Main by public demand (as usual).
Friday 4th April ….1st Friday of month back again !!!(at least until June)
Solead Q always delight our audience with their stunning, energetic musicality !
Come and be spellbound by Bernado Soler’s band’s Latin/Flamenco/Jazzy grooves !!
You wont be disappointed !
More info ? Contact me on 0411342337 !
If you are on Facebook please ‘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.
PS…..ifyou would like to be put up to date on my Jazz gigs.(Jans Jazz)…let me know and I can email you !! Cheers

At Dizzy’s – Thursday, 27 March

Mordialloc Jazz Orchestra ( MOJO )

MOJO spent it’s first 88 years as the Mordialloc City Band and then the Mordialloc Brass band.  Now  more than 100 years on this historic collaboration are part of Melbournes’ musical history.  Dizzy’s is proud to present this modern day Big Band playing jazz standars from the old to the new.

Singing with the band on stage is encourage tonight.

Start Time: 8.00PM
Entry Fee: $14.00/$10.00

What’s On, and Why Not?

Rubys Music Room: The Captain Chaos Sessions

Amy Jaulin takes time out from her studies to don the 3″ eyelashes and glam it up for Ruby’s this Friday. Doug Kuhn on the profound bass, the Constable in percussive mode, and meself trying to make the Steinway giggle. Oh, and the estimable Captain Chaos will quite possibly be making saxaphonic noises from time to time, because, let’s face it, that is what he does best…

 Amy Jaulin

Last week saw the Cripp in positively avuncular good mood, and why wouldn’t he with another sultry performance from Sevil Sabah, in front of a lively crowd. All class.

And next week, the impossibly glamorous Ange Strickland will be free wheeling through her jazz rep.

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

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th and 8th 2014: pass me the whisky

It is hard to imagine the Committee won’t be exhausted by the time this one comes around. The line-up gets better and better as the word gets around, and the local press/radio campaign is already under way.

 We will be asking regular jammers to pick up and distribute some posters and flyers in the next week or two, but even if you can’t do that, pass the word around your friends.

 Meanwhile, jump on the website and browse through some of the featured bands that will be performing – just click on the News tab.


The Gold Street Gossip Shop Goes Off.. again

After a couple of quiet weeks in the world famous (well, Gold Street anyway) Lizard Lounge, everyone and his dog decided to turn up last Sunday. 25 musicians makes this the second largest session we have had, all of them young, talented and good looking, with the possible exception of meself, the Captain, Noel, Celeste, Chelly, the Divine Miss Smith, Sonya, Mike, Kepler, Spike, Sebastien, Bishop Bennett, Doug, Bob, Ben, the other Ben, (but I forget which was which) Gentleman John Curtis, Ian, Jeremy Le Frog, Keef in a hat, Glen (Il Duce to those in the know), Ian, Mr T, George, Frank and Andrew Lye.

Special mention to those last two – Frank came to his first jam in about 23 years and despite being initially startled by the standard of musicianship, played with elegance and panache, like he had never been away. Andrew may be remembered as a stalwart of the Grand Hotel sessions, and one of the best to play with, since relocated to Brisvegas, but in town for a week or so: one of the three best things to come out of Queensland, the others being a 737 and the Pacific Highway southbound.

All in front of a good crowd of listeners, not all of whom were moved to the point of removing their hearing aids, and possibly including Hortense. If she was not there, which regular readers will know can be the case from time to time, I expect she was wistfully hanging about the Altona West Municipal Baths trying to catch the eye of a passing mercantile marine sailor whilst they were still dirty…

News From The Debster

That’s Debbie Woodroffe in case you were wondering…

I would just like to let everyone know how excited I am to be performing with the legendary Bob Sedergreen and friends, with special guests Kevin Blaze & Ann Craig, on Sat 29th March at the Chandelier Room in Moorabbin (91 Cochranes Road Moorabbin) http://www.chandelierroom.com.au. Doors open at 8 but we’re on at 9.30.

There is a cover charge – $20 I believe.

We would love to see you there. This is a new venue for both Bob and myself – we’re looking forward to it.


What’s On, What’s Not

Rubys Music Room: The Captain Chaos Sessions: Not Now Hortense…

Risa duly packed ’em in last week, for a cracker of a session as promised.. So if you missed it, you will almost certainly be heading down to Ruby’s Music Room this Friday to see Sevil Sabah do her sultry little thing. Don’t – RMR will be closed for a private function for Friday night (at which the Sevil Sabah Trio will be playing) …. for a Lithuanian wedding reception.

Next week, Amy Jaulin hits the stage Friday 21st March, followed by Ange Strickland on 28th March. Should be some gems between them. More anon…

Ruby’s Music Room, Bennett\’s Lane, Friday March, CLOSED.

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th and 8th 2014:

The rush of band applications continues – Captain Chaos and moi will be struggling with the mighty spreadsheet whilst the rest of the Committee do the real work… Band applications will be closing on April 15th, so get yours in now. Then go out and sell your grandma some tickets…


Kojo Brown: Group du Jour

Richmond’s finest lamb shanks continue to appeal. Kojo Brown provides Saturday night spots for the Jammers – Buddy has been singing there for years, Anne Hayres is a regular, and in more recent times, Ruby Rogers, Amy and Sevil have all had a number of nights without scaring the locals.

Whoever is there (and this week it might be Chelly Parisi) the shanks will be fabulous.

Kojo Brown, Church Street, Richmond, Saturday 7.00 – 10.00pm

The Gold Street Gossip ShopSunday Arvo Session (episode 192)

If you worked all Sunday and got there late, you will have missed as much as me….fortunately, I got there just in time to catch Peter Bennett (bass) Don (guitar) and Gentleman John Curtis (piano) ripping through some jazzy little toons – sounded like real music for a while before the Captain (sax) and I (drumsfergawdssake) managed to restore normal service.

Despite my worst efforts, it took quite a while to persuade Glen (Il Duce) to take over the slap bash and rattle department, and the afternoon took off. After last week’s seven singers, the tonsil artistes were a bit thin number-wise, but Christine Manetta and Bruce (d) managed to reduce us to chaos on a coupla songs, the Debster and Bob Vinard had a fine old time, and Spike (playing RMR with Ange on March 28th) set up a magic little groove or three before a late breaking Sebastien cooled it all down.

The guitars had the best of it – Bennett switching to six strings and making them sound like eight, – Ian stretching it out with a few fine solos later on, whilst I sat outside in the late afternoon sun discussing the dubious fortunes of Barcelona FC and listening to some smooth -as jazz.

Ya wouldn’t be dead fer quids.

The Lunatic Soup Lounge

I hestitate to describe last Sunday’s session as a quiet one, because Peter Bennett played guitar. (Just kidding, Peter!), but it was a smaller audience than in recent weeks,. Despite this, there were no fewer than 7 singers over the afternoon, Jess swinging dat bass, Taariq crawling around the carpet plugging himself in, Sue singing some fine blues at the piano, and a couple of gems from an in-form Bob Vinard. George (bass) returned (more please!), Mia (singer) got up for the first time, hopefully not the last, and Ange dropped in to persuade us she was good enough to book for Rubys’ Music Room.. I neglected to inform her that she was already booked (March 28th) and really enjoyed her performance…

See ya this week?