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.
Download the EOI Information Sheet here.
Sweet Ade, Marion Lustig’s 6 piece multi-instrumental jazz band, are playing at Dizzy’s Jazz Club on February 2 at 8.30 pm. Continue reading
My band Sweet Ade will be playing a gig at Caulfield Park bandstand on Sunday, December 3rd 2017. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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…