There was speculation a couple of weeks ago that the best jam sessions sometimes comprise a decidedly random set of musos. Last Sunday’s bash proved the point – no bass player all afternoon, a couple of very good piano players, (plus a couple more), no singers and the redoubtable (no I am not sure what that means either) Neil, Fermin and Vlad on guitars. Continue reading →
Dream on, but Caren and her technical team will be filming during the jam session at the Leinster Arms on Sunday 6th May. She will be doing short interviews with a few musos, most of whom are so old and ugly it will probably end up a horror movie – she has spoken to a wide range of jammers, but make an effort to be there.
Or more is less. One might think that after more than ten years of writing drivel about the jam sessions, there might be an emerging consensus as to what makes a session as enjoyable as this latest mangle session turned out to be. Continue reading →
The Leinster Arms Hotel
Well, a quiet day for a change, in the Chateau de Leinster, and 15 musos (and you may treat the term with derision if you wish) all neatly lined up to take their turn (hah!) in mangling a fine selection of toons. We even played a Peter Ryan original, but we were getting desperate by then. Continue reading →
It has been quiet of late, in West Altona’s leafiest suburban street. What a pity there are no trees to go with it. After the debacle with Rotten Ronnie Junior, of which the less said the better, Madge has taken to her room, with only a cask port and a catering pack of Winnie Blues to sustain her. There may have been the occasional foray to the Strangled Parrot, West Altona’s first and last licensed cabaret venue, but not many matelots get that far these days . . . and even fewer get back.
Hortense on the other hand, has been lurking about the jazz bars and live music venues of Melbourne, generally keeping to herself, or not, as the case may be. She may well have been sitting outside the Gold Street Gossip shop enjoying the music, but that would have been on Easter Sunday.
At last ! Click on the “programme” tab for all the details of bands and session times. A good mixture of bands from previous years, and new participants to be had. Then go and buy a ticket.
I have never been a fan of the Maurocco Bar, until now, but walking into the Castlemaine Jam for its five year anniversary, found much entertainment. Continue reading →
Jazz this Sunday April 8th from 4.00pm.
After last Sunday’s brief pause. Many thanks to the people who read the Jammers Newsletter and didn’t turn up, and to Mike Hirsh who didn’t read the newsletter, and did. Extra solo for him next session which is on April 8th
The Leinster Arms, Gold Street Collingwood, will definitely be back on Sunday 8th April at 4.00pm
check out Taariq’s web page for samples of his work.
Next week: we are hoping for some news from Madge from Altona, and Hortense, or not, as the case may be.
Found some flyers on the tables: the first sighting of publicity for the Jazz Festival, and in the only room in Victoria where everyone has aready heard of it. Never mind, the juggernaut is, we are assured, gathering pace.