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Last Sunday at the Leinster

Finally the jam is returning to normal after the Christmas break. Saxophonists galore (Jeff Harris (alto), John Calammata (tenor), Laurie Savage (bari) Aaron Rodriguez(alto) and yours Truly (tenor) ) and a plethora of singers (Debbie Woodruffe, Katarina Myskova, Kevin Rolfs, Daisie from Perth. Susie and Rose arrived too late to be able to sing). Steve Bray, Bill Swanee and Mike Hirsh expertly provided the underlying rhythms. Peter (bass) and Neil (guitar) played nonstop for three hours on their respective instruments. Keys were provided Malcom, Noel and Don. Richard would have played if he had not been late.

We were also delighted by the appearance of Ted Woollen after his significant health issues. His keyboards skills have not diminished as we heard when he backed both Katerina and Daisie for a few numbers. Thanks to Jason, Kerry and Katerina for your support in getting Ted to the Jam. We look forward to more appearances as he progresses on his road to recovery.

Not Your Usual Correspondent.

From The Leinster Arms

4th Feb 2018

A very small and faithful number of jammers turned up at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday only to find not only no cymbals for the drum kit but no drummers. In an attempt to get some music started, the jam featured this scribe on piano , Pete on Bass, Neil on Guitar , Jeff and the Captain of Chaos on reeds, and Sir not appearing in this jam on Drums.

Others sighted on Sunday included: Laurie on baritone sax, Fermin also played guitar, Malcolm on keys, The Bespectacled warbler on vocals and later this scribe played the drums but not the cymbals on Chitlins con carne with one brush and one drumstick. Subsequently your correspondent was heard on bass. Eventually Glenn the publican called time on this almost noteworthy jam session.

Some of you may know that the venue, The Leinster Arms Hotel in Collingwood is closing /ending as we know it this spring 2018. The Jazz Jammers will have to find a new and supportive venue. Glenn told me that he and his wife are starting a new business with the same name in Sunbury. We all wish them good luck and good health for the future.

I would like to go on the record and thank Glenn , a long suffering but supportive man with a true interest in music, who has endured years of the good , bad and ugly in jazz jamming at his venue. The End of year Christmas Jams at his venue have been in particular most memorable.

Having stopped by at the Monday night Bar 303 jam and played a spot of jazz piano there ,one can say that there are other jam sessions out there on different days that are arguably of a higher standard, better organized and only through diligence will this Jazz Jam of some long running status continue in some shape and form.

So the hunt is on to find a new home for the Sunday Jazz Jam. If you know somewhere within 5 kms of the CBD that could be a suitable venue then do not remain silent about it.

On a more despondent note, long time Jazz jammer , Jazz Jammers online newsletter humourist, architect and local keyboard stalwart Mr. Ted Woollan is not in good health. His health has reportedly taken a turn for the worse and all of us as jazz jammers , guitarists, and human beings send our thoughts, prayers and best wishes to him and his near and dear ones at this time.

I may have locked horns with Ted a few times at the jams over 13 plus years, over matters of musical taste, what with me being from the Fusion / Be Bop/ Eric Dolphy on LSD/ Wigged out walking bass/Mahavishnu/multi-instrumentalist freaker school of jazz and he being a kind of pre Dixie Land/ Cole Porter era kind of guy but ultimately one remains magnanimous towards.

We come from nothing and we go back to nothing. What have we lost? Nothing! A quote from Monty Python.

Taariq Hassan

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

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.

Monster Jam for the Year will be Sunday 3rd Dec

Yes folks it is that time of the year again!

The big seasonal celebration will be held in the Atrium of The Leinster Arms on Sunday 3rd of December.

Every year this proves to be a lot of fun and time to catch up with a few Jammer friends.

 

Note that this also will be the last Jam for the year!

Chez Leinster on 19/11/17

This scribe went along armed with an electric bass and a semi hollow electric guitar to see what could happen on a Sunday at the Leinster Arms……….

The following observations were made while your correspondent played as the sole and only bassist for nearly 4 hours nonstop.

At least four drummers turned up including Michael and Bill. As a bassist I listen to the drummer while playing the song and try to torture them occasionally, or is it the other way round? Continue reading

Inside The Leinster 12 Nov 2017

So with some of the riff raff wandering all over the country it was left to the crème de la crème to hold the fort at the centre of jamming invention that is The Leinster. That is to say a decent number of us graced the establishment with a surprising level of proficiency.

On Drums we had Steve Bray, Allan Richards and Mike Hirsch who all played well. On Piano Gentleman John Curtis played a long stint before being relieved by this (edited) scribe followed by Malcolm and later Richard and Trevor tinkled the digital ivories. Continue reading

Jam Sunday 29th Nov from Taariq

What with a large contingent of usual jazz Jammers away at the Grampians Jazz Festival (and possibly also away with the fairies) the army reserve B Team, straight out of a B movie, stood in and ensured that the show must go on at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday.

Such was the low turnout that after Terry sat in on drums, with this scribe on electric bass and then a lengthy stint on piano, Ivan came to the rescue on Double Bass and your humble correspondent even had a chance to brush up on the drums ( yes a drumming pun).

Fermin and Neil rotated on guitar and newcomer Craig also joined in on guitar on songs such as “Milestones”.

Glenn the Publican sat in on drums including a fast version of “Just Friends”. Continue reading

Jazz Jam report 22 Oct 2017

from Taariq on location

The sheltered workshop for the tone deaf and rhythmically challenged held yet another Jam session on Sunday. A modest turn out on a slightly cool spring day saw many of the usual suspects mangle some of the tried and tested, (sorely tested) material yet again.

This scribe started on piano, albeit a little rusty because you can’t take a piano with you when you go for spring cross country skiing Continue reading

Who is this Bass Player?

Illness, overseas trips and busy life styles have all contributed to the lack of a newsletter over the last three weeks. However, the jams have continued to successfully function every Sunday at the Leinster Arms with the usual low and highlights.

Last Sunday 5 Saxophonists, 4 pianists, 3 guitarists 3 drummers and single bassist were joined by Annie Smith on vocals. A diverse range of numbers were performed from some thirties classics, a number of fifties jazz standards to a Joe Zawinul’s Money in the Pocket. The gong of the day must go to the single bassist who risked serious RSI by playing almost continually for four hours.

Not your usual correspondent

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe

Which neatly sums up the quiet little Jam Session that took place last Sunday. Plenty of opportunity to gyre and gimble, and none missed. A smaller bunch of jammers than usual (17) concocted a variety of tempo, and tones. And then had them altered at random.

All of which made for the usual gossip-mongering over a refreshing social lubricant, munchies from Glen, and the early departure of several rather good musos.

And the orchestra played on… Continue reading