The Gold Street Gossip Shop puts on a good one . . .

Captain Chaos, who was playing a gig last Sunday, won’t believe it, but a goodly lot of jammers turned up and they all played nicely in his absence. As someone remarked, it was all a little less chaotic – if this is true, we must really try harder…

So, Colonel T of the Fourth Light Punjab Horse was there, and played some blisteringly good guitar solos. Ben The Banker was there and played some sweet guitar, Sebastien was there and forgot to drum loudly or lose the the beat; Doug Haircut Kuhn held sway on his stick thin bass, Ivan turned up without his bass, and Dave Taylor turned up with his. Not many singers at first, but some fine trumpet from Sumire, plenty of solos from Peter Cole, who seemed to enjoy the space, and some ace piano from Bob and then Don Fraser later on. The Hirsh played some sublime percussion.

Chris (tonsils) and Bruce (drums) contributed a fine set, most probably in the key of J# minor, which seems to be one of her favourite keys.

Eventually, the sun set, the evening turned cold and I wandered out well satisfied, whilst the lads were still in full swing. It is afternoons like this which make you want to come back the next week

Which we no doubt will…

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If you thought you were at the Jam Session, and we have not mentioned you it is either because you are so young, talented, and good looking that words fail us; or we forgot. Your choice.
TW

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Band Registrations closed on Friday, and the final total would appear to be around 85. The Playing Schedule will be sent out to Band Leaders today, and tomorrow 98.4% will send an e-mail back asking for it to change. The following day we will be sending back an e-mail saying it is not possible without giving a band preferential treatment.

Just to clarify, the Organising Committee has decided to give all bands preferential treatment. Should be fun

The Committee inspected three new venues last Saturday

· Old Castlemaine Gaol, where we will be putting all the saxophonists for the weekend, (just kidding) which is a great venue capable of holding a big or small audience.

· The Food Garden: my personal favourite, close to the Cumberland, and it has a caravan in it (amongst other things!)

· The Five Flags Hotel: This one is 354.6 kilometres out of Castlemaine, and will require six cut lunches and a camel train should you travel out there. At least when arrive, it is a great venue, serves a rather decent beer, and has a good menu.

Master classes
As last year, the Castlemaine Jazz Festival is featuring a real musician – the incomparable Bob Sedergreen will be giving two master classes – free to Festival ticket holders. More details to come, but I am quite excited by this one.

Volunteers
A number of regular jammers have indicated they will be happy to volunteer for Box Office, Minibus, Door Manager and Sales Manager slots at the Festival … but nowhere near enough. Just drop us an e-mail or let us know at the Jam Sessions if you can do this – it involves a couple of sessions plus a free weekend pass.

As a regular Jammer, if you would like to be involved, you can start now by visiting the website ( http://castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/ ) and pasting a link to your own Facebook page – go on, we know you’ve got one – we will be using Radio and Print Media advertising, but your input on social media is the most effective marketing of all.

Posters, Flyers
If you can get some posters (A3 or A4) and flyers (A5) put up in your local Newsagents, Laundrette, Library, Remand Centre, School or University, drop us a line and we will get some sent out to you. E-mail your contact details to:

castlemainejazzfestival@gmail.com

The Website
This is now being updated on almost a daily basis – so you have absolutely no reason to sit at your computer working when you could be browsing… more bands being featured, updates on the venues, the masterclasses, the steam train, the meaning of life, etc.etc.

The Laika Bar: A couple of hot weeks coming up…

Thursday night at the Laika was … well, weird to start with. Absolutely no one there, so the Sevil Sabah trio decided to hold a private concert for Manuel behind the bar. Which went pear shape as more and more people piled into the bar – ended up a busy night and we left the joint pumping at 10.30 when we finished.

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The Sevil Sabah Trio every Thursday at The Laika Bar – 8.00pm – 10.00pm (or later apparently…)

Friday at the Laika Boris has put in a request for two singers over the next two weeks

This week Ruby Rogers! – with Daniel Pickard on bass, not sure who on sax and meself on keys. Melinda Traves will be sulking in the tour bus as usual, but the rest of us will be having a ball – if you haven’t seen Ruby, you should, if you have, you will want to see her again..

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And next week, the return of Katerina Myskova.

Laika Bar, 6 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Friday 24h April, Ruby Rogers with the Captain Chaos Quartet from 7.30pm to 10.00pm

From Stan

“Standing Tall” (a band that formed from members of the Sunday jams) is recording an album of songs at Pughouse Studios. You have the chance to procure the album ahead of everyone and contribute to its production by going to http://pozible.com/standingtall and taking up one or more of the rewards that are offered there. Even small contributions will help us get our music out to the world and to you. And you will be well rewarded.
Thanks
Stan

The Laika Bar: The standard goes up . . .

Last Friday’s session from Katerina Myskova was absolutely hot – so much so that she will be back on May 1stt. .

This week see the return of Sonia D, with Daniel Pickard on bass, the Captain on sax and meself on keys. Sonia has produced a couple of lively sessions at the Laika – what will she come up with this time?

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Laika Bar, 6 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Friday 10th April, Sonia Davoine with the Captain Chaos Quartet from 7.30pm to 10.00pm

Luxor Bar, Saturday, The Divine Miss Smith, I think

Of course you can never be sure, but I think Doug, the Captain and Meself will be driving down from Castlemaine to accompany the ludicrously Divine Miss Smith herself, no less.

LUXOR BAR, 124 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, The Divine Miss Smith takes charge of the Captain Chaos Quartet, and we all know what that could mean… There will be dancing on the tables, if we can find any.

From 6.00pm onwards, Saturday 18th April

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And the Lunatic Soup Lounge takes another turn . . .

Newsletter No 384, but who is counting’ Enough of the saxophone jokes, (*)

If there is a constant, it is that nothing stays the same for long in Colliwobble, mystic kingdom of the one eyed three toothed black and white Harridan that drives some many of the local lads to the sanctuary of the front bar.

From where, last Sunday, they could have heard some remarkable jazz. This last week or two has seen a resurgence in the tonsil department – first Katerina bounced in (of whom, more below), then last week Catherine McQuade, who runs a frock shop in her spare time, sang some cabaret style tunes. All class, although you might not have heard it under the cacophony of saxophones and guitars providing helpful accompaniment, but that is the essence of a jam session.

Probably helped along by bassists, Doug Haircut Kuhn, David no haircut at all Taylor and Ivan the Terrible back from the caucasian snow slopes. Class bass all afternoon makes for a very good jam session. Monsieur Sebastien was so moved by it all he produced his very best percussion for the day – and when he is good, he is very good.

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Stop muckin about lads, this is serious: Ben, Ivan, Sam Izzo (drums!) the Curtis, Noel and the Captain get in the groove…

Dan from Canberra excelled on keys – his blues take on Angel Eyes a standout, and Gentleman John Curtis was a classy return, although he did fall for the Captain Chaos trick of playing a chart they neither of them knew…

And the Captain himself was in fine form, deftly handling the band changes all arvo whilst confusing anyone who looked like they knew what they were doing on the basis that the field need not be uniformly great but at least it should be level.

The Jams are looking up – catch one whilst they are hot!.

(*) If you don’t get the saxophone jokes it is because
(a) You are a saxophonist
(b) You can’t count
(c) You see nor reason why (b) should stop you from learning the saxophone
or
(d) There isn’t a saxophone joke here. Saxophones are no joking matter

TW

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Band Registrations close on Friday, and we can all catch our breath.. except the Curtis who will crank out the first draft of the playing schedule this weekend. Yet another Committee meeting to finalise the venues (we need around 160 sessions all up)

Apparently ticket sales are already going well, which seems a bit strange as we had sold about three by this time last year. Our cunning Box Office wallahs are devising a system whereby people with pre-purchased tcikets will get the express lane treatment at the Box Office.

Volunteers
A number of regular jammers have indicated they will be happy to volunteer for Box Office, Minibus, Door Manager and Sales Manager slots at the Festival … but nowhere near enough. Just drop us an e-mail or let us know at the Jam Sessions if you can do this – it involves a couple of sessions plus a free weekend pass.

As a regular Jammer, if you would like to be involved, you can start now by visiting the website ( http://castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/ ) and pasting a link to your own Facebook page – go on, we know you’ve got one – we will be using Radio and Print Media advertising, but your input on social media is the most effective marketing of all.

Posters, Flyers
If you can get some posters (A3 or A4) and flyers (A5) put up in your local Newsagents, Laundrette, Library, Remand Centre, School or University, drop us a line and we will get some sent out to you. E-mail your contact details to:

castlemainejazzfestival@gmail.com

More Bands, more musos
Check out the website – more bands featured this week – Brae Grimes Trio, Suitcase Full of Blues, Wauwatosa, Cheap Frills and a nice little poster from Jazz Notes

Soiree Musique

Melbourne Music Performers

The next Soirée Musique is on Friday 24 April 2015, 7:30-11:15pm at Ember Lounge, Northcote.
We moved to this new venue, last month, and it was really jumping. Good food, too! Never quite sure who’ll be in the house band but possibly some of:
Ann Craig (flute)
Alan West (saxophone)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Tony Luxmoore (keyboard)
Stan van Hooft (bass)
Paul Phillips (drums)

Take a look at the event page to see what’s happening, how you get on the programme, &c.

http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Music-Performers/events/221613611/

The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra

 

Monday April 27th 2015

The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra Monday April 27th 8pm at the Apartment. (401 Little Bourke St) Special guest is vocalist Nilusha Dassenaike
Join us for some Australian big band jazz!
$15 cover charge ($10 students) waived for diners. Just come and hang on one of the couches. 2 course dinner $50 and 3 courses $60 available by booking 9670 4020
For more information about the DMJO visit 
http://dmjorch.wix.com/home

While We were Away…

I thought the experiment with the invisible ink went rather well last week. For those of you who missed it, this was Ben the Banker’s report on the previous Jam Session.

Here’s some bullet points from jazz jam on Sunday. Headline: A good jam resulted after a very slow start.
I arrived at 4:15 and no one was there. Glen had already set everything up and had to head down to Hastings to visit his in laws.
4:30 Katerina, a singer from Czech, arrived with her partner.
4:45 Taariq arrived with his amp.
5:00 A piano player arrived. Name??? never seen him before.

Played a good set of music with that line up for 45 minutes. Lots of space, almost civilised (perhaps because there were no horn players or drummers ). I even considered asking Taariq to turn up during this bracket because the bass was so quiet. Katerina’s singing was fantastic.
Japanese girl arrived with trumpet and did a good job of playing some standards.
Deb and Bob arrived and played some tunes.
Melinda arrived and announces “are you running that jam Ben??? in disbelief (no respect). wow you’ve come so far (mocking). Thanks for the support Mel!!
Mel then played drums, in time, for 6 or so songs.
Good Sax player arrived. Name????
Mel sang some songs, Sebastian arrived and we all turned up.
Then a guy arrives with some congas…..it was well and truly a jam by this stage.

Not sure what happened from here on, perhaps Deb or Bob know……was still going at 8:00 when I had to leave!!!!!!!

Clearly the lad has grasped the essentials of reportage, as typified by the Melbourne Jazz Jammers Newsletter

(a) Insult everyone equally
(b) Never let the facts intrude upon your story
(c) Be inconsistent, possibly untruthful, but above all, vague

Now, where was I . . . ah yes, the Lunatic Soup Lounge Jam De Jour, Sunday March 5th (ed: ?? perhaps April) edition. It all went off without a hitch, which is a good thing, as last time we had a hitch no-one knew what to do with it. Ably led by the Captain, and with Doug ”Haircut” Kuhn laying down a solid bass all arvo,we could hardly go wrong… hardly.

Highlights included Keef the Teef back from the dentist and playing the floot… rather well; Bob Vinard on keys, the Hirsh on drums, followed by M. Sebastian, a welcome return from Borthwick the Bass, Harry on bongoes, and a late cameo from the Divine Miss Smith, accompanied by Richard (keys) plus a whole bunch of others, all of whom were young, glamorous, talented and modest, and shall, therefore, remain anonymous.

Stick to the Black keys, they are on special . . .
TW

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival

We now have close to 80 bands registered, and are deep into negotiations with The Castlemaine Gaol, The Five Flags, The Food Shed and just about anywhere else we can find that is suitable, to increase the number of venues. Which in turn means we will need more volunteers, all of whom can cunningly score a free Festival Pass (cost $80, but worth squillions) in return for a couple of sessions as a stage manager or doorkeeper.

Social Media

As a regular Jammer, if you would like to be involved, you can start now by visiting the website ( http://castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/ ) and pasting a link to your own Facebook page – go on, we know you’ve got one – we will be using Radio and Print Media advertising, but your input on social media is the most effective marketing of all.

Posters, Flyers

If you can get some posters (A3 or A4) and flyers (A5) put up in your local Newsagents, Laundrette, Library, Remand Centre, School or University, drop us a line and we will get some sent out to you. E-mail your contact details to:

castlemainejazzfestival@gmail.com

The Bands are up

Check out the website – the first of the featured bands are, well, featured – are you one of them? You are if your name is Ann Craig, Sam Izzo, Sonia Davoine, Ruby Rogers, Stan Van Hooft etc.etc.