Castlemaine Jazz Festival is coming up fast -7th – 10th June

https://www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/ for all the details. Five venues: McPhee Broadway, Theatre Royal, Run Rabbit Run and Maurocco Bar; with newcomer Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre plus the Cumberland Hotel whiteboard/jam sessions.

If you are going, grab an early bird ticket before June 6th (on-line) or pay full price at the Box Office, which has moved to the Market Building this year.

Amongst the 49 bands listed, jammers past and present playing (and I am bound to miss a few) include

· Breakout, feat Captain Chaos, Sala Kord (drums)
· West Coast Little Big Band, Captain Chaos, Jeff Harris, Murray Rees (trumpet)
· The PR Project – Malcolm Hornby, Peter Ryan
· G and T Jazz – feat. Gill Sealby, Tiina Ayris and Gill (G and T geddit?)were regulars at The Leinster about 75 years ago
· ade ishs & eMotion Band: Ade Ish, Paul Bonnington on bass. Ade and Paul were occasional jammers at the Leinster.

Of the other bands, I know little, but would like to single out The Ben Charnley Trio – regulars with Nadira Farid at Paris Cat, a class act and well worth a listen.

Merimbula Jazz Festival 7th -10th June

Get all the details at their website: merimbulajazz.org.au/

The standout on this one is that there will be “750 musicians” going, according to the talented but disreputable Roger Clark. – which if only remotely true would make this a helluva festival.

Apart from the usual suspects – Roger’s hottest band featuring David Franklin on piano, Larry Kees and one time jammer Doug Kuhn, there will be Festival regulars Sarah Maclaine, and the Ron Anderson Trio. Also, a complete weekend’s worth of big bands, with the Navy Band to top it off; and a full house of Trad Revival bands. Dave Taylor, who is a regular jammer, will be playing bass in, oh, about 23 bands. Always good…

It is a long way to Merimbula, and just as far back, but give this one a go if you are so inclined.

GIG ALERT: ANNIE’S GOT GIGS!!

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Hi everyone. Hope all’s well with you.

2019 is well underway with some great festival gigs under the belt!

  2 gigs coming up next week.

Jasper’s Jazz Club

14 Goldie Place Melbourne

8:30 – 11:00pm  Thursday March 21st.

Two Way Traffic with Annie Smith

$10 entry

https://jaspersclub.com.au/

Two Way Traffic includes a bunch of very talented musos

David Lole (piano), Ron Anderson (many things but this time reeds),

Hermann Schwaiger (double bass), Allan Smith (drums)

International Women’s Day

On March 8th 2019 to celebrate International Women’s Day, there will be a concert of female Australian performers performing the works of Australian females – From Her We Hear.

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The group includes five musicians and a visual artist who will bring the little cinema at the back of Long Play to life. All trained classically these performers have extensive experience with orchestras and ensembles in Australia and abroad and are equally comfortable with genre bending music. Pieces range from improvisation explorations and music that illustrates the meditative qualities of sound, to more traditional songs with voice and piano. 

We will explore and present the often forgotten music of women composers from Australia past and present. Come join us for an intimate night of sound, light, and celebration. Spaces limited bookings essential www.trybooking.com/BATTT

Long Play is at

318 St George’s Road , North Fitzroy, Victoria 3168

Friday 8th March

Two shows, 6:30 & 8pm. Seating limited, bookings essential.

Tickets $25/20.

From Her We Hear

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Kay Cai – Piano
Playing a piano solo piece by Melbourne composer Nat Bartsch
https://natbartsch.com/

Teresa Duddy – Soprano
Singing songs by Peggy Glanville Hicks and Margaret Sutherland.

Brigid Burke – Clarinet
Performing a piece for clarinet and electronics by Melbourne performer and composer Nat Grant
http://www.natgrantmusic.com/composition.html

Isabel Hede – Violin
Performing her own composition, a piece for violin and electronics

Gemma Horbury – Visuals
Tying it all together with visual mastery on the big screen.

Alexandra Mathew – Mezzo Soprano, singing songs by Margaret Sutherland.

Sweet Ade,Saturday, Mar 16, 9pm

Marion Lustig’s band Sweet Ade will be playing on Saturday, March 16, 9-11 pm, at The Moldy Fig bar and restaurant in East Brunswick.

The band is a lively, upbeat 6 person jazz band featuring recorders, clarinet, saxophones, piano, sousaphone,  washboard, drums, ukuleles, piano accordion and vocals.  We play an entertaining, interesting and eclectic repertoire with creative arrangements of music ranging from the late 1800’s to the present day. We like to balance well-known tunes with little heard gems including early Australian jazz. 

The musicians are Marion Lustig (recorders),Janet Arndt (vocals), Peter Mason (reeds, ukelele, vocals, harmonica), Lisette Payet (piano, ukelele, accordion, vocals and left hand substituting on this occasion for the sousa!),  Richard Opat (washboard, drums).

The Moldy Fig is a restaurant and bar serving authentic New Orleans food and featuring live music. 120-122 Lygon St., East BrunswickThe kitchen is open from 5-11 pm. Bookings 90427613. Free entry.

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel: Featured Singer Annie Smith

Yup, we are running another series of featured singers, starting this Sunday with Annie Smith, who may or may not wear her little red bonnet, accompanied by Gentleman John Curtis and I am not sure quite who on double bass.

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Annie Smith (this photo from the Inverloch Jazz Festival) will be selecting a coupla brackets of songs from her eclectic rep. in her own discursive style.

Hi
I need another  musician  to  play jazz  tunes from real book charts   in a  duo  format. I  will be playing  guitar or  bass depending  who fills  the  spot.

This  is a  café/ bar/small  eatery   gig,  just playing for  tips  in Brunswick   just  off  Sydney road  on a Wed. night at  ENZO’s, Michael Street  ,Brunswick. You will need to be there at  7 pm  and  play  from  7.30pm until  9pm  with a  short  break . You will be  given  refreshments on the  house  i.e  a  drink , a  snack   etc. Dress code  : look professional.
The  actual  date  is   Wed.  evening  July 18th  2018  at   7 pm. If you  are interested   then please  say  so . If not  then  please be  polite   and   inform me   that  you are not interested. If you know someone who  is  into  Jazz  and  is   proficient who might  be
interested  then  please forward   this  message to them.

RSVP  ASAP
Taariq

Upcoming Festivals and contact details

Jammers, and others, are already talking about the next year’s Festivals, and we will try and keep this list updated. A considerable number of Jammers go to these, either as musicians to perform, as audience, or as volunteers.

 

Why go? Why not, all Festivals are a lot of fun, if a little expensive for musicians. All the Festivals provide opportunities for professional bands and enthusiastic amateurs to strut their stuff, network and listen to a ridiculously varied and occasionally talented range of bands.

 

Which one would suit? AJC is probably the most inclusive, Inverloch has of recent years been smaller and a lot of fun. The Grampians Jazz and Blues Festival (previously Halls Gap Festival) is now gradually expanding. I haven’t been to the new date (October, when there is an outside chance the place won’t succumb to bushfires) but a number of jammers have. Port Fairy is probably the fastest growing, and Castlemaine is the one started by the Melbourne Jazz Jammers… spoilt for choice really…

 

Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival 26, 27, 28th October 2018
festival@hallsgapjazzblues.com
Don Calvert: mob 0409 252 046

Halls Gap had a long running festival, before relocating to October each year. Smaller and more intimate than previous festivals, the Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival brings together a range of jazz, blues, American songbook, swing, funk and classic tunes to stir your soul and get your feet tapping.

 

73rd Australian Jazz Convention, Ballarat, 26-31st December 2018
www.2018jazzconvention.org.au
Mailing list: https://www.inverlochjazzfestival.com/subscribe.html

Ballarat’s Lidiard Street positively hums over the Christmas/New Year’s break with a mix of trad, mainstream and more. This is a bigger Festival (convention) than most.

Port Fairy Jazz Festival February 8 – 10th 2019
https://www.portfairyjazz.com.au/

This looks like becoming the biggest of the country festivals. It relocated from the Grampians a couple of years ago, and has been highly successful ever since.

 

Inverloch Jazz Festival, 8 -11th March 2019
http://www.inverlochjazzfestival.com/

This is a smaller Festival than in previous years – running on three venues. It tends to be popular and over subscribed .Bands are selected on merit. A favourite with aficionados!

Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 2019
https://www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/

This one was started by the Melbourne Jazz Jammers in 2014, and is now run mainly by Castlemaine locals, with a large number of Melbourne based bands (as well as interstate). The dates are yet to be confirmed, but put this in your diary for now. We will get to band registration closing dates, musician registration, marketing, and the 2018 Annual General Meeting and new Committee election in due course.

Merimbula Jazz Festival June 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, 2019
merimbulajazz.org.au

This long running Festival is popular with Jammers, some of whom have been going for years. It is a long trip from Melbourne, but also draws an audience from Gippsland, and the Canberra region.