Congratulations to Don Calvert and his team (which appears to consist of Don, Don and Don,) for another successful Festival in them thar Hills. Awaiting a detailed report from Captain Chaos.
Next week’s Festival is Wangaratta Jazz and blues, and a fair few Jammers are heading up the Hume for that one.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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!!!
Is it true that Bird’s Basement has a Jam Session?
Let us know if you have been.