The eponymous Jazz Festival done and dusted for another year. The following report was received from a bleary-eyed Captain Chaos.
The Captain’s View
The 6th Castlemaine Jazz festival was held over the long weekend. 46 bands participated in 5 venues to mostly appreciative audiences.
Many regular, past and occasional Jammers were amongst the performers. Malcolm Hornby, Jeff Harris, Peter Ryan, Sala Kord, Gill Sealby, Mac Beshai. Anthony Pell, Sebastian Jago, Mike Hirsh and Ade Ishs. Spotted amongst the audiences were Annie Smith and Lisette Payet. Volunteering his services as a door manager was Bill Swannie. Captain Chaos played, but forgot to include himself in the list.
The event ran smoothly but, with less than half the musicians in town compared to previous years, the festival overall lacked the dynamic atmosphere experienced in the past.
The Inside Goss.
The Captain’s view was one with which, in general, our local snout would concur. Highlights of the Festival included Maggie Jackson, remarkably, packing out the Maurocco Bar – standing room only by all accounts; and Meg Corson fronting the Goldfields Jazz Orchestra to a packed house at the Theatre Royal: both local performers doing well.
The Festival lacked that special “buzz” around the streets, by comparison with previous years. The feature band The Seven Ups could not possibly live up to the hype and didn’t, but showed a lot of energy, which would have pleased the younger crowd, had they turned up in droves. They didn’t. The whiteboard and jam sessions at the Cumberland finished early, with fewer musos. Remarkably, and depending on who tells you, the ticket sales were well up on previous years.
Ah well… a good turn out of Jammers from Melbourne. Well done all round.