My band Sweet Ade will be playing a gig at Caulfield Park bandstand on Sunday, December 3. We’ll play from 3-4 pm, preceded by Glen Eira City Band at 2 pm. This is a delightful outdoor venue at the historic bandstand. There will be free art activities for children. We’ll be presenting an entertaining, interesting and eclectic program, balancing well-known tunes with little heard gems including early Australian jazz.
Sweet Ade is a lively, upbeat 6 person jazz band with an unusual colourful array of instruments – recorders, clarinet, saxophones, piano, sousaphone, washboard, drums, ukuleles, piano accordion and vocals.
Hi jazz lovers
Christmas will soon be upon us and, to take your minds off it, here are some jazz gigs that I am involved with until that happy day arrives.
November 10, 6.30pm: “The Nina Simone Show”. A 45-minute cabaret-style show telling the musical story of Nina Simone. At “Speakeasy HQ” (522 Flinders Street, Melbourne). For details and tickets, go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=317678
November 11, 5-7pm: “Breakout” at Farouk’s Olive, 711 High street, Thornbury. Swinging modern jazz in a friendly bar. $5 entry.
November 19, 5pm: “The Nina Simone Show” again
December 16, 5-7pm: “Breakout” again, but this time featuring a wonderful singer, Chloe John, with a mixture of jazz standards and pop ballads (and definitely no Christmas carols!).
Hope you can join me at one or more of these gigs
Who knows what 2018 may bring?
Think you’ve heard every possible variation of the piano trio? Wait until you hear the Kari Ikonen Trio.
It’s unmistakably Nordic, but upgraded with a wide dynamic range and vibrant, energetic rhythmic flow. No meaningless notes and chords, each composition has an abundance of colors, innovative harmonies, strong melodies, striking rhythms… Spend a minute listening and you’ll hear the difference.
Band members performing:
- Kari Ikonen (piano)
- Olli Rantala (bass)
- Markku Ounaskari (drums)
click here for more info
You’re invited to my next performances with a wonderful group of musicians in the suburb of Notting Hill, near Clayton/Glen Waverley. We will be playing at Inchmeal Cafe, a cosy and quaint cafe near Monash University. Katerina Myskova will be leading us in song, Ben Stewart will play guitar, Ivan Sultanoff on double bass, Andre Speldewinde on the drums and myself on keys. It will be a night of familiar jazz standards, swing tunes and latin songs. The venue showcases some local artistic talent with some handmade products for sale such as jewellery, prints, bags and candles. Light refreshments also available from the cafe.
It is the perfect way to unwind after a busy week. You can meet up with a friend, enjoy an easy and local date night without having to go into town or even bring the family! I think there’s a toy box with goodies for the little ones to play with in between staring at the huge double bass!!!
The last concert at this venue was full so please book tickets as soon as possible using the links:
Fri 3rd Nov
More info about Inchmeal Cafe here:
Is it true that Bird’s Basement has a Jam Session?
Let us know if you have been.
The Royal Standard Hotel: With masterful timing, Frank has put the music on hold until October. Apologies to Joys, booked for this week, and Risa next week. Miss R was hoping to sing/catch up with Rod and Bette
The Royal Standard Hotel: Possibly the best session we have had to date. And that is from October 2016 if anyone is interested. Susy sang better and better, the Captain insisted on playing Bernie’s Tune, and Neil (guitar) seemed to enjoy having a solid rhythm section. Not a huge turnout but an appreciative crowd.
Donna and Steve Bray are featured this week, with Ivan, meself and the Captain dodging the brickbats. All rehearsals have been error free so far, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
Donna sings, Steve drums, with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 14th July 2017
As promised, Susy V is back for another session, this time with Dave Taylor,(bass), Alan Richards (drums), meself (piano) the Captain (Belgian nose floot) , and Neil (guitar) soloing.
Susy V with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 7th July 2017
The regular monthly gig for “Breakout” at Farouk’s Olive will be on July 22 (from 5 to 7pm). Another evening of swinging and soulful modern jazz played by Colin Garrett on Sax, Peter Ryan on guitar, Steve Bray on drums and myself on bass. Just $5 to get in and a very congenial bar. So come and join the fun.
For more information go here
The Royal Standard Hotel: Susie cracked it, Ann Hayres this week..
Susie cracked it indeed, at very short notice. And if the truth be told, a little light on for preparedness due to not much singing for the past 18 months. What ensued Susie having fun and a pretty good night, well received by the regulars. We must do it again.
This week sees Ann Hayres stepping up to the plate – with an eclectic selection of esoteric jazz standards: the irrepressible Dave Taylor back on double bass, the Captain on sax and a Allan Smith on drums. The night could turn out a debacle, but with those musos on board, at least it will be a stylish debacle. Or a lot of fun. Or both
Ann Hayres with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 30th June 2017
Improvisation, why bother. Just make it up as you go along…
The Divine Miss Smith and the polytonal Jason Chalmers did not disappoint. This week, Susie returns to the fray, after a protracted break, and the usual crew will be there in support.
Susie with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 23rd June 2017
Stick to the black notes, they’re cheaper…
Last week saw a piping hot set from Joys Njambi, and this week we are featuring the late Miss Smith, and Jason Chalmers on sax: should be good!
Annie Smith with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 16th June 2017