The Sunday Arvo Jam, Episode 304

Or something like that. Some Sundays, we arrive late, and find everyone standing around seriously thinking, possibly about playing some music, although it is hard to tell. This Sunday was one such, but if anyone was seriously contemplating playing music, they fortunately came to their senses and we had a regular jam session instead. They were all there, other than the Captain, Colonel T of the Fourth Light Punjab Cavalry, Ivan on his electric bass (5 string, natch) Mike Hirsch, Bob and meself, and I am struggling to remember who else. Paige turned up for a late entry, and played real smooth bass, because he can.

Spent most of the afternoon gossipng, trying to persuade the recalcitrant to get up and play or sing, chatting to some Italians from Napoli, exchanging idle banter with the Leinster Arms 8 Ball extra 3B reserves team, listening to Sonia, enjoying the music and quaffing the occsional refreshing beverage, as you do.

There may well be other ways of winding down from a hard week’s work, but they escape me.

I notice Madge has been remarkably quiet of late, but she did let slip that she had her purse stolen by a young and handsome mountebank last week. Chased him from one end of Altona West to the other (it only has two ends, and its other dimensions pale into insignificance once Madge gets her dander up.) The said charlatn was eventually apprehended by a passing bicycle salesman of Italian parentage, who handed back her purse with a flourish

Whereupon Madge looked him over but once, gave a supercilious snort, passed the purse back to the theif and gave chase all over again.

It’s an old and well worn purse, but he was quite handsome….

Ifd you do come to the jam next week, stick to the black notes, they are cheaper.
TW

Andy Sugg’s Coltrane Tribute at Bennetts Lane

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Andy Sugg’s Coltrane Tribute/Book Launch featuring Sandy Evans (Sydney) & Zac Hurren (Brisbane)

7:30pm – Sunday 20th July – $20/$15

Presented by the MJC (Melbourne Jazz Co-operative) make sure you don’t miss  this special Andy Sugg book launch and gig.

 

Tenor saxophonist Andy Sugg is launching his new book The Influence of John Coltrane’s Music on Improvising Saxophonists, which was recently published in New York. Looking at jazz improvisation through the music of ’Trane, Dave Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi, it has been enthusiastically received in America and Europe (Sugg has already been invited to Paris and to New York to promote the book later this year).

To celebrate, Sugg has reassembled his group TTTenor to play music inspired by Trane, Lieb and Gonz. This time he is joined in the TTTenor frontline by two of Australia’s leading tenor saxophonists, in Sydney’s Sandy Evans and Brisbane’s Zac Hurren, with Joe O’Connor (piano), Djuna Lee (bass) and Chris Broomhead (drums).

Before the concert Sugg will give a free-entry 45-minute presentation on the book, at 7.30 pm, which will feature Evans and Hurren.

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne

 

 

From Marek

Please if its possible can you advertise an Arachnids gigs in a Dizzys :
Brazilian Night again specially at
The Dizzys Jazz Club
381 Burnley st
Richmond
Melbourne (Victoria Australia)
24 July 2014 with one of the best smooth jazz latin funk band Arachnids – me Marek and friends lots of very top international musicians living in Australia , in repertoire many nice Boss a nova’s Samba’s and latin ,soul, funky and dance music including some original compositions . Everybody welcome to have listen and dance all evening also with some sup rices , show start 8pm

The Umbrella Bar: Chaos in Elsternwick

The Captain Chaos sessions return! As promised, this Friday 11th July sees the inaugural session at The Umbrella Bar, 338 -340 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick. We were going to start with a bang but we couldn’t find the matches.

So we found the Sevil Sabah Trio instead (there are four of us)

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If you have heard Sevil sing, you will want to be there, and if you have not, it is high time you did. Accompanied by Doug Kuhn (bass), meself (grand piano), Paul Phillips (drums) and quite possibly a surprise appearance from Captain Chaos hisself. Actually, I would be more surprised if he didn’t turn up.

We have three or four weeks to persuade Timo the Georgian that this is a good idea so turn up if you can – free drinks at bar prices, the bar staff aren’t at all grumpy (now, there’s a change!) and the food is good.
Ted W

Snippets from the Jam

Marg insists these links work but I am not able to see anything. I keep getting the same message “Flash upgrade required”!!, which I have tried without success.

Please let me know how you go. I have disabled firewall and used a different browser but still no luck.

Hi Rob, would you please be able to upload these snippets from today’s jam,,,?

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Thanks, and I hope you and yours are well….. 🙂
Marg x

Jazz Jams all over the place

It is possible, although not necessarily wise, to attend the Castlemaine Jazz Jam and the Leinster Jazz Jam on the same day. After a fascinating debrief session with the Castlemaine volunteers, and some fine playing by Ade Ish, Chelsea Allen, Doug Kuhn, Bren Hamilton with at least half of Civil Bop, I sauntered in to the Gold Street Lizard Lounge at a somewhat late hour, to find the place in full cacophony, Sevil Sabah singing (of whom more later), the Captain, Colonel T of the Fourth Light Punjab Horse, the Reverend Kevin, Ali on sax, Messrs Paige, Moon and others on bass and even Ann Craig as the token musician, all romping through a toon or three. This sort of thing will never do, but fortunately disorder was soon restored and a pleasant evening ensued.

Not a large crowd, but, quite possibly, Hortense would have been hovering in the darkened recesses of the back bar, or not, as the case may be, taking in the sights whilst dreaming of karaoke triumphs long past. Or something.
TW

Jazz at The Leinster, Sunday Arvo: Good Grief!

Bob and I sauntered in to find a bunch of musos waiting to start – quite a bizarre turn-out as they insisted on playing Jazz. I suspect Roger Clark was mainly to blame. Very thin on the ground for singers, so we amused ourselves by picking ridiculous saxaphone oriented numbahs and smoking them, one after one.

Jezza shone on piano – at 17 he is so good we had to enquire as to his antecedents – congratulations to his teacher Howard Belling for this one!

Even Mr T got a few tunes with just guitar and what was supposed to be no keyboards. He disgraced himself by trying to play both simultaneously, and whilst this had no effect upon the standard of his piano playing,the guitar definitely suffered. Ah well..

Peter Cole (saxaphone) continues to improve with age, a bit like fine wine, but not as often drunk.

So, see if you can top that this week. I doubt it!

Cheers

TW

The Umbrella Bar: Chaos in Elsternwick

Bob Vinard, who recently turned 26, found this one, and suggested we might play there Friday nights. Bob has a regular session on the grand piano every Tuesday in this relatively new restaurant in Glenhuntly Road.

I am not sure if Elsternwick has been quite bad enough to deserve the Captain Chaos sessions, but starting 11 July, we will be trying out a few different bands to see what works. I will have more information next week, but if you are likely to be at a loose end, put the date in your diary.

The Leinster Arms – Friday Night sessions discontinued

After discussion with Glen (Il Duce to those in the know..) the Friday night sessions have been discontinued. Which is a shame, really, after Ruby Rogers’ scintillating set last week, in front of a fairly full house. Highlights of the night included Jonah Grant playing his first gig on double bass – got better and better as the evening rolled around, and we will definitely use him again.. Props to Mark on drums for bringing the colt to order..

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2015

Would you believe, we have already had enquiries from, amongst others, a Sydney based band, and have been inundated with e-mails from both musicians and audience. The tone has been somewhat congratulatory.

The Committee will be meeting next month to see if we all have sufficient energy, enthusiasm, medication and time to do it all again.

The Umbrella Bar: Chaos in Elsternwick

Bob Vinard, who recently turned 26, found this one, and suggested we might play there Friday nights. Bob has a regular session on the grand piano every Tuesday in this relatively new restaurant in Glenhuntly Road.

I am not sure if Elsternwick has been quite bad enough to deserve the Captain Chaos sessions, but starting 11 July, we will be trying out a few different bands to see what works. I will have more information next week, but if you are likely to be at a loose end, put the date in your diary.