The troublemakers are all in Castlemaine, Il Duce goes awol, and a Gentlemanly assembly keeps itself nice at the Basement di Bungle.

No kidding:- Col, Kev and Sir Roger De Coverley’s ageing roue descendant all hit up the Castlemaine Jam (which was a good one by all accounts), a lot of jammers were away furiously arranging a Port Fairy set list or three, in the hope that they could fool at least some of their audience into thinking they know what they are doing; Il Duce, who quietly sets up the room each week, was in Queensland, and we had everything shipshape and Bristol fashion by about half an hour late…when a gentlemanly rump fronted a very quiet Leinster Arms for the obligatory afternoon of doing things differently.

And how different they were… Peter Garam produced the first firework of the day Continue reading →

The Royal Standard Hotel

Last week’s session saw a lively crowd of drinkers get distracted from the Mundine/Green pensioner fest, and Joys delivered an entertaining set. It all left Frank well pleased.

This week sees the return of Katerina Myskova, trying out material before her Inverloch sessions, with Bill Swannie on drums, meself on keys and Kip I didn’t vote for Him Dale on bass. Featured guitarist will be Ben Stewart.

Friday Night Live at…
The Royal Standard Hotel
333 William Street
North Melbourne
7.00 pm – 9.30pm Friday 10th February

Port Fairy Jazz Festival

February 10th – 12th

This weekend, and if you are going, have a great time! If you are playing, give yourself enough time to catch as many sessions by other bands as possible. You will hear some great music.

Shameless plugs for

Malt and Rye – really polished outfit of top musos

Sarah Maclaine’s Jazz and Champagne – the peerless Sarah, with Todd Sydney on keys.

and of course The Port Phillip Show Band... Col you owe me a drink…

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2017

June 9th – June 12th 2017

Bands registrations must be in by March 3rd – so plenty of time.

Col and the others are hard at it, and the 2017 Festival is taking shape. It was very noticeable that the “buzz” around Castlemaine each year is far greater than Ballarat’s AJC – I don’t know why, but I am starting to appreciate why so many musos are keen on going – it is a friendly Festival…

From Marion & Sweet Ade

Here is some information about Sweet Ade’s forthcoming gig.

The band I lead, Sweet Ade, will be playing at Caulfield Park Bandstand March 5 from 2-3.30 pm.  This is a delightful outdoor venue at the historic bandstand. There will be free art activities for children. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy!

For those who haven’t heard us, we’re a lively, upbeat group with an colourful array of instruments –  recorders, ukuleles, clarinet, saxophones, piano accordion, washboard, drums, sousaphone, piano, banjo and vocals. The musicians for this gig will be: Marion Lustig, Peter Mason, Lisette Payet, Richard Opat, Joe Kenyon and Janet Arndt.  

We’ll be presenting an entertaining, interesting and eclectic program with creative arrangements of music ranging from the late 1800’s to the present day, balancing well-known tunes with little heard gems including early Australian jazz. 



Trombones, and La Manetta goes all quiet…

Fun little session last Sunday, much enlivened by newcomer Joel on his slush pump. I can only remember three trombonists in recent years, and one of those would be Elliott Joe on his green plastic technological marvel, so a bit of a treat, and some harmonious little duets with the Captain ensued.

Whatever, a quietish sort of a jam where 19 musos got up, nobody kicked the dog, and nothing got broken. Plenty of variety in the toons on offer, and lots of bebop as Colonel T was AWOL. Continue reading →

The Royal Standard



We are pretty much running the same band as last week, but with the effervescent Miss Joys Njambi singing. Michelle Morrison was due to play drums but has had to pull out due to a persistent hangover or something, so Bill Swannie jumps in.

The incomparable Dave Taylor on double bass, a surprise appearance by Captain Chaos, and meself on keys.

Joys has been cranking out some new/old toons so expect chaos on the night..

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2017

June 9th – June 12th 2017

Bands registrations must be in by March 3rd – so still plenty of time. I have done a bit of a straw poll this week to see who is proposing to go – rather encouraging, some class acts are on their way…

Word is, the Public Inn is back as a venue – that was my absolute fave in 2014, it was closed in 2015 and if the Committee have got it back they have done well..