The Royal Standard Hotel: Fridays sorted

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…

The Royal Standard Hotel: Fridays sorted

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

Meanwhile, back at the Royal Standard Hotel…

Miss Joys will be singing this Friday, with Kip Dale on bass, Michelle Morrison on drums and meself on drugs. As we haven’t played together for quite a while (Ms Njambi keeps jetting off for lush gigs in Bali or something) , this should prove an interesting evening, as a pre cursor to the Festival.


Joys Njambi, Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William Street, Friday 26th May, from 7.00pm.


Open Mic at Basco Brunswick Fridays

Open Mic with the Melbourne Music Performers returns to Brunswick on Friday 19 May and then monthly thereafter. This is in addition to our monthly events in Eltham.

We have a big programme with several open mic spots, open jams and an invited artist.
The Open Mic spots are for vocalists or instrumentalists: you can choose to be backed by some or all of the house band (please bring your charts) or back yourself. Open Mic spots are available for booking from 7:30pm.
Or, join in one of the jams – we publish the list of jam songs and charts ahead of time so that you can practise before you arrive. And, if you’ve never played in a jam before, we’ll help to make it an enjoyable experience for you.
Or, come along and join in the fun as the audience – it’s a very friendly, party atmosphere and there’s usually dancing. We have many regular audience members.
Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:30pm to 11:45pm
Basco Brunswick
307 Sydney Rd
More info:
Kevin Blazé & Ann Craig

The Ishs/Allen Project

Thursday, 4 May, 8pm
Paris Cat (basement)
6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne CBD

Ticket: $20 (regular)/$15 (concession)
Booking recommended via

Line up:
ade ishs: keyboard, voice
Chelsea Allen: drums, voice
Paul Bonnington: bass
Ee Shan Pang: trumpet, voice

More info about the band:

Darryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra with Harriett Allcroft


The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra Monday April 24th 8pm at the Apartment. (401 Little Bourke St) Special guest vocalist is Harriett Allcroft
Join us for some original big band jazz!
$15 cover charge ($10 students) waived for diners. Or just come and hang on one of the couches. 2 course dinner $50 and 3 courses $60 available by booking 9670 4020
Book early as we sold out last month!

Bonjour Melbourne Jazz Jammers

The Alliance Française de Melbourne and St Kilda Jazz are delighted to invite you to a new concert series for 2017: Jazzy Jeudi.

Throughout the year, Jazzy Jeudi (meaning ‘Jazzy Thursday’ in French) will feature various jazz performers once a month on a Thursday evening, often incorporating a component of French language or a repertoire of French music. The performances will be held in the intimate concert space in the basement salon of the Alliance Française. The first concert for the year will be held on the 20th of April with The New Impromptu Quartet performing with Les Gyori on violin.

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Ilaria O’Brien
Marketing Manager
Alliance Française de Melbourne
51 Grey Street | St Kilda VIC 3182
t: (03) 9525 3463

What’s On: Friday Night Live at the Royal Standard Hotel

The Royal Standard Hotel: Annie Smith

Singing this Friday at the Royal Standard Hotel, quite possibly starting at 7.00pm, and with all her charts organised. If you wish to see this rare phenomenon, do drop in. Luis (saxophone) will be playing the entire night in Spanish, Eija will be keeping us in order on bass, Bill Swannie will be playing some ace bossa, and I will be silly as a wheel at the keys. Continue reading

The Royal Standard Hotel: Joys Njambi…

Singing this Friday at the Royal Standard Hotel.
Last week, Nadira absolutely wore us (Dave Taylor, Greg Appleton, “Twang” Stewart and meself) out, flying around the playlist like a lunatic, but, hell, it was fun.


This Friday, Joys Njambi is back, with another set of old and new toons: probably the most experienced of the singers to have done the RSH thing, and a lot of fun… if she remembers her microphone. And a lot of fun if she doesn’t…singing anything from Bessie Smith to George Michael.

Kip Dale (bass), Michelle Morrison (drums), meself and Captain Sensible (saxophone) will be making up the orchestra.

Friday Night Live at…
The Royal Standard Hotel
333 William Street
North Melbourne
7.00 pm – 9.30pm Friday 31st March

The Royal Standard Hotel

Friday Night Live with the songstress from the Ho
Nadira Farid (Hobart) is coming to town for this Friday’s session, supported by David Taylor (bass), Greg Appleton (drums), myself (piano), and Ben Stewart on guitar.

Expect an evening of swing tunes done with Nadira’s trademark panache – quite what the locals will make of such a stylish singer remains to be seen, but if enthusiasm is infectious, we will all catch something. See ya there!

Friday Night Live at…
The Royal Standard Hotel
333 William Street
North Melbourne
7.00 pm – 9.30pm Friday 24th March


Nadira Farid, singing this Friday

The Royal Standard Hotel:

Last week, Katerina Myskova and her Inverloch bound quartet (with Kip Dale sitting in for Doug Kuhn) aced a set and left a hotel heaving. Very satisfying.

This week, Frank has gone for the green beer for St Patrick’s Day, so no Captain Chaos. We will be back next week with Nadira Farid (Hobart) breezing in for an evening with the lads – meself, David Taylor (double Bass), Greg Appleton (drums) and the eponymous Captain.

Friday Night Live at…
The Royal Standard Hotel
333 William Street
North Melbourne

7.00 pm – 9.30pm Friday 24th March