Live at The Leinster

Dateline 21 Jan 2018

A small group of regular jammers appeared at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday to start another year of mangled ballads, hackneyed show tunes, suspect swing songs and NQR bossa novas and soul jazz dirges.

Some of the music did sound like music but that must could have been accidental.

Mike Hirsch, Bill, Michael and others beat the drums into submission. This scribe played bass and a spot of jazz guitar. Pony Tail Pete played electric bass too.

Roger ’spray on jeans’ Clarke played saxophone as did the captain of Chaos who instilled chaos when the song was actually on track and exacerbated the chaos when a train wreck was approaching. Jeff was also present on Saxophone.

Gentleman John Curtis, Kay and others tinkled the piano keys with some proficiency.

Warblers included the bespectacled warbler Kevin, Kay with her song books that are numbered like a Vietnamese take away restaurant menu and Sir Not Appearing in this Jam who stole the show with a characteristic nonappearance. What Perfect pitch !

Fermin and others who are too talented or too handsome to remember rotated on guitars but eventually the numbers dwindled down to a handful of jammers and it was time to pack up and go home.

Yes the Jam is back up and running for 2018.

If you have jazz charts that you have written yourself or have charts that are by more recent artists such as present day composer/ saxophone star Kamasi Washington ( Who is performing at the Forum in Melbourne , 9th March, check him out!!! more info) then bring those charts in multiple copies, so we won’t have to ruin the same songs every week. This allow us to ruin other tunes.

We don’t discriminate. Who Knows we might even play them right just to surprise everyone.

TH

Sweet Ade at Dizzy’s

Sweet Ade, Marion Lustig’s 6 piece multi-instrumental jazz band, are playing at Dizzy’s Jazz Club on February 2 at 8.30 pm. This is our first gig at Dizzy’s and it would be great to see some Jammers there! You can have dinner at the venue and doors open at 7.30. Tickets will be available from Dizzy’s from January 20. $20/ $15 .Booking recommended.

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Sweet Ade plays an entertaining, diverse program featuring music from the late 1800s to the 2000s with a unique line-up: Marion Lustig (recorders), Janet Arndt (vocals), Peter Mason (clarinet, saxophones, ukelele, vocals), Lisette Payet (piano, ukelele, accordion, vocals), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone), Richard Opat (washboard, drums).

Xmas Jam 3 Dec 2017

By Taariq Hassan

The last jazz Jam of the year 2017 came and went with a bang.

A good turnout embraced the temperamental weather that Melbourne’s end of year December festivities offers and enjoyed some more: very loud drum solos; find a key singing; wandering tempos; lost chord changes and hackneyed show tunes and ancient standards being mangled yet again.

The players included your scribe on piano and guitar. Others who contributed on the bass were Ivan, Ponytail Peter and newcomer Luke who was quite proficient on the electric bass.

Piano players were not scarce. They included Lisette who also sang some songs including “Lonely Avenue” and “ Fragile” in G minor with a nice guitar solo by your correspondent.

Sam Izzo ; Gentleman John Curtis; Malcolm and the every able Kay Cai on piano and melodica all added their flourishes on the digital piano.

Fermin, Chico added guitars to the mix and yours truly played the big red guitar.

Drummers included : Michael ; Bill; Sebastien (a.k.a The Gallic Animal from the Muppets) ;Steve Bray ; Mike ” Drum solos a plenty” Hirsch and the swinging Andre.

Reed men included : Jeff; the wailing demon on alto sax. ; Peter; Capt. Chaos; Laurie and Keith.

Marion Lustig showed us her recorder skills. She did not do a lighter fluid and matches sacrifice of her instrument to conclude her performance ala Jimi Hendrix at Monterrey. I think Glenn the publican would have taken exception to that .

Vocals were warbled by Uncle Jack ,”A Foggy Day “, Lisette as mentioned before; some refused to be dictated to by key, pitch or songs that were written after 1920’s ended.

The surprise talent came from newcomer Tom P. Fresh from sunny Tasmania with his trombone , he showed us his very accurate pitching (on an instrument that can , in the wrong hands, be like a live cat being skinned) and his swinging , concise phrasing.

Come back in 2018. We need your contribution in brass.

I ended up leaving at about 7 pm after wading through some songs that ended up being ruined twice such as the ¾ time “ Alice in Wonderland” and other hoary old chestnuts.

I wish you all the season’s greetings for the pagan consumer summer solstice and hope to see and hear from you again for a bigger and better new year of Sunday jamming at the sheltered workshop for the tone deaf and rhythmically challenged.