From Gustavo

Just spreading the news about this gig.
Contemporary & Latin jazz. Come down and join us in an interesting and colourful musical contrast of these eclectic trio. The perfect music for a winter night in Melbourne: Adam Rudegeair keyboard, Mike Matthews bass and Gustavo Moreno on drums.

Where ??
“VAMOS” kitchen – music. 1st floor, 37 Little Bourke street. Melbourne CBD 3000

When ??
27th June 9pm


From Taariq

Hi  and Hola  jazz jammers.
I   am  in  Spain  in  Seville. The  budget  Spanish  airlines  run by  Manuel  from  Fawlty  Towers  lost  my baggage   . I  arrived on Friday  night  on   12th . June .2015    from  Gatwick  London airport  via  Barthelona  ,    in Seville. My  luggage did not appear
on the   belt  on  arrival . I had to  hassle these  baboons   daily  until  I  got   my  bags  back  on  Sunday  night  June 14th.
Avoid  VEULING  AIRLINES. Their CEO  is  quite  possibly  a  senile ex
bullfighter  called  Juan. The  hotel  I am staying at   must  have   been   designed  by  Gen. Franco. I have  named it  Hostal  Barstardo. The room they  have given  me  has no  daylight  and no circulating  air. Gen. Franco would  have  put    communist  rebels  from the after   civil  war in  such  cells.Here   I  get to  pay  for  it  too.
   Seville Is  a  lovely  place with a  huge  catherdral  and  a Moorish  palace and  royal  garden   but  there  is  not  one  Punjabi  grocery  or  restaurant   in  town. In fact one cannot  obtain   any  Asiatic  food  of  any  kind,  bar  west  Asia  in the form  of
Lebanese food  which  I  don´t  mind.Spanish  food  is  bland  and the  vegetarian   options on  the  menus  are  as  small  as  can be.
Spanish  women   are  lovely looking   and  have no  shortage  of perceivable  assets. So  far  only  looking  has  occurred.
I   am going to  Cordoba  tomorrow. I  will  be back at the  Jazz  jam in July .

From Adrian

Hi guys, 

My name is Adrian and I play Tuba. I’m relatively new here in Melbourne and am looking to do some playing if possible. I’ve been playing tuba for sometime and have played with Nick Polities from Louisiana Shakers,
Bruny Island New Orleans Jazz Band, Derek Dalton Adelaide, Clem Meehan from Dixieland Express and Tania Bosak from Rektango to name a few.
I grew up in Hobart and have more recently moved from Adelaide to Melbourne. I’d be keen to listen to some great Jazz and hopefully do some playing as well sometime in the future.
Cheers, Adrian
Preview YouTube video The Louisiana Shakers – Sunday at Carlton’s Clyde Hotel

The Louisiana Shakers – Sunday at Carlton’s Clyde Hotel

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2015

Nothing got broken, nobody died… read on

Done and dusted, the Second Castlemaine Jazz Festival, a whole lot bigger than the first, went off without a hitch. Despite the weather being colder than a mother-in-law’s kiss, it stayed dry. Amazing how many people came up to say they were having a lot of fun. That was the idea, actually.

Standout bands, for mine anyway, were Glass Moon, Blow Out Big Band, John Macgill’s Undectet and anything with Ade Ish, Chelsea Allen or preferably both in it. And the incomparable Nicole Thorne

The Venues: Castlemaine Old Gaol was a sensational venue. The New Northern went all out and nearly ran out of food (I saw the manager running to the corner store on the Sunday…), Five Flags manager Mick had a grin a mile wide, Run Rabbit Run sold out and stayed shut on Monday they were so knackered, The Bridge Hotel ran out of beer, the Food Garden surprised by having the best acoustics of any venue, and Mark Anstey;’s ludicorusly eccentric Lot 19 saw some great performances – Ruby Rogers with Avi Ganesan playing out of his skin, BLT’s providing a great wrap up session on the Sunday.

The Jam Sessions: Roscoe and the Queensland boys kept Helen at the Cumberland busy every night, çause that’s what they do best. All three Jam Sessions (at the Cumberland) ran to 12.30 every night. I counted 90 people in there on Friday, and the other two nights were even busier.

The Jazz Train was a huge hit with the audiences, but the muso’s found it difficult to play when the train swayed from side to side. Not drinking enough, probably.

Bob Sedergreen’s Masterclasses were probably the highlight of the Festival – both sessions well attended – and his exploration of the different jazz styles was nothing short of brilliant.

The Volunteers were fantastic, the Box Office ran like clockwork (props to OberGruppenFeuhrer Mary Dunne for that one): and Doug Kuhn and the Captain worked long and hard to wrangle equipment, musicians and still find time to play some great sets.

And will we do it again next year?

No Jam session at the Gold Street Gossip Shop and Tea rooms

All quiet on the western front…

…On account of we will all be going to Castlemaine Jazz Festival (Mark 2) this weekend.

Had a call from Glen (Il Duce to those in the know) this week. Apparently the Leinster Arms is not closing down, and he has to keep working until the fines are paid off. Which could take years, hopefully.


Some other things you may not have heard about Glen

He does not own shares in a hairbrush manufacturing company. We can’t imagine why.

Drummer extraordinary… Glen maintains he has played drums with some of the finest rock and roll groups in the country in his youth. Which we are inclined to doubt, as

(a) He doesn’t own a karaoke machine

(b) In his youth? Was rock and roll invented then?

Glen’s first session with the Jazz Jammers was on an electronic drum kit. He may have forgotten this, but we have not.

The Leinster Arms has won a lot of Awards, as one of Melbourne’s finest watering holes. But not since 2010

The Jammers started the Jam sessions at the Leinster Arms in 2010

If you do turn up at the Leinster Arms in a fit of absent mindedness (and let’s face it, that covers most of us), there may be live music this Sunday.

The Laika Bar

We are taking a break from the Laika this week, again because of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival. Last week saw the biggest two nights yet, with Risa Khodani on Friday night, and Cathy Macquade every bit as sensational on Saturday.

The Captain Chaos Quartet (with a name like that we could be anywhere between three and five piece) returns on Friday 12th June, with the immaculate Sevil Sabah, and Jennifer Salisbury rowdies up a Saturday night on 13th June

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Did we mention the Festival? Oh, we did. YOu can get a weekend pass for $80, or rock up on either Saturday or Sunday for a mere $55 for the day. Which ands at Gods knows when with a riot at the CUmberland. Otherwise know as a Jam Session.

Go on, you know you want to… or tickets will be exchanged for filthy lucre at the Box Office