Meanwhile, The Junktion Hotel …

… survived the B team, although in truth, there were more people there than we expected, and Piers, Neil and I had a ball. Surprising number of newcomers turned up, and enjoyed lively sets, from Katerina and Carol, in particular, Brian pleading a sore throat; Shanelle (saxophone) possibly one of the youngest musos in a while, and doing okay once she found her feet; hope she comes again; regular Bruce propping up the bar, and one of two Kyoto students (jazz standards, good voice, hope they come again too) got up to sing. Piers indulged in a session at the drums, and sounded even better when I nipped up stairs and found the drum sticks.

As ever, the B team stepped up for the day – Neil was in blistering form, particularly early on; and hardly a jam session goes by without at least three members of any ensemble not having a clue where we were in the form – this session was no exception. Props to Piers, Neil, Katerina, Jess for helping to pack up.

Drummers, soloists? Pfft… who needs ’em…. although we were rather hoping you might be back this week!

Is the Junktion becoming a regular jazz venue over time? Will Hortense emerge from the shadows with loaded castanets and a bit of an attitude? Can Madge from Altona ever find the Junktion? Who knows – stay tuned…

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel

We are doing it all again on Sunday 17th June, 4.00pm start. Expect the return of the Castlemaine and maybe Merimbula jammers, most of whom will play better than before they went. Plus a couple of newcomers (Jess is nearing the record for most attendances without her saxophone)

The Junktion Hotel, 99 High Street, South Kew – the Hotel is on the corner of Kew Junction. Public parking is available behind the Mercedes dealer/behind the High Street Shops off Fenton Street from High St, Kew.


* Captain “scoop” Chaos has promised a glowing report on this year’s Castlemaine Jazz Festival. Once we have scanned it to make sure it doesn’t contain any glaring accuracies, and put in some photographs, we will publish this asap. From what I can gather…

* There were almost too many big bands, I love them so what’s not to like.

* The Navy Band were terrific and want to come again

* The headline acts were well received and sold out on occasion.

* It was cold as a witches t*t in the mornings but the rain held off and the weather was kind.

Do you want to work with the 2019 Brunswick Music Festival!

If you have an idea for an event that could fit within the 2019 program BMF want to hear from you! We are looking to co-produce events with you that:

  • Are presented within the 3056 postcode
  • Respond to the themes
  • Engage with our priority audience groups (women, ATSI communities, people with disability, migrant and refugee communities, and GLBITQ communities)
  • Respond to current issues or trends in the contemporary music landscape
  • Engage with either local audiences or bring a new audience to the festival

Please think outside the box! Events could include – but are not limited to – live music and performance, happenings, exhibitions, activations, workshops, talks, industry development or any other crackpot notion or scheme you’ve been cooking up.

Please note this EOI is not a performer call out. BMF are specifically seeking curated event proposals, which feature multiple artists, speakers or activities.
Applications close Thursday 5 July.

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The Junktion Hotel : so far, so good, and more to come

The three week trial has run its course – and has been outstandingly successful. 15 musos first week, 24 musos the next week, and for the third week, Sevil Sabah sang two short sets with her favourite quartet, (Tom Doublier, Doug Kuhn, Neil and meself) to an enthusiastic crowd of around fifty people, jammers and locals.. Of course, Dave the Boss had already said he would like us to continue, and with Castlemaine and Merimbula both on this week, it should all go pleasantly pear shaped from here on out… Continue reading

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel

The B Team! We are doing it all again on Sunday 7th June, 4.00pm start. Haven’t got a drummer confirmed yet, but will have a bit of fun anyway.

The Junktion Hotel, 99 High Street, South Kew – the Hotel is on the corner of Kew Junction. Public parking is available behind the Mercedes dealer/behind the High Street Shops off Fenton Street from High St, Kew.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival

The website has, at last, plenty of information on the bands playing and the venues. It all happens this weekend, and whether you are thinking of going for the full four days, or just dipping in to see the highlights, including Nubya Garcia, who has already sold out her MIJF dates (the Age, Tuesday 5th June), it is about time to saddle up the nag and head North. Continue reading

The Junktion Hotel goes weekly!

And quite a few new and familiar faces turned up. John Curtis, Will, Trevor piano, Trevor harp and Vlad (guitar) amongst them, to see what the fuss was about – and we ended up with 24 musos getting up to play, the Captain’s stress levels rising accordingly, and another good audience. Continue reading