With the AGM out of the way, the Castlemaine Jazz Jam, which is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Cumberland Hotel, got under way. The line up included the sublime Ade Ish (piano), Chelsea Allen (percussion), John McGill (saxophone) of the Ozarks and Undectet, Carlos Ferreira (some impressive Brazilian percussion) and a bunch of locals. A surprising number of musos turned up from Melbourne, and there was an appreciative audience (around 60 at one stage).
The Castlemaine Jams have gradually improved in both quality and numbers from a low point around November last year and show every sign of growing as big as, if not bigger, than the Leinster Jams. This was probably the best so far. Well worth a spin next month if you fancy a jaunt in the country. Stay tooned….