Venues and Bands ; The Captain and I have spent the week trying to rustle up more venues – and the funds to pay for them. We now have more bands that have registered their interest than we currently have space for. Some of them are damn good, too. This week’s haul: a few trad bands on the old crusty wing, and avant garde AuroraLumina at the other edge. Much talk of “spectrum” this week, as we are keen to offer a wide range of jazz styles.
The missing musician malarkey:We have a surprisingly large database of musicians – some of whom would be eagerly awaiting your call if you are one or two short.
The Committee: Met this week, cast a despairing eye over the bar chart (it is going vertical as we speak) and set about planning a media campaign.
Facebook/Whats App/Twitter: Facebook site up and running, thanks to the Bowls Club boys.
The Website We have put up details and photos on the first 40 or so bands, a few more still to come. Next task is to get some interior shost of the venues – they are surprisingly shmicko, with two big stages in the Bowls club and the RSL.
Check out the website here and like it on your Facebook page.
A quick sortie up the Calder got me to t the Maurocco Bar last Sunday. Gwynn at the door, John Hannah doing the technical thing, Ken Turnbull the opening numbah, whilst Crafty old Mauro is making a motza out of this – it is the busiest day of the week for the Maurocco Bar. A lively afternoon, from Jaz Stutely and her band, through to Norm Gray and a few hot players at the other end, with Don from Halls Gap in between, all held together by Maggie Jackson and one of the rare occasions when the C Jam has out numbered the P Jam. Probably because neither meself, nor the Hirsh nor Alan Richards nor Brian made it to the Post.
Highlights of the day included a tuba, washboard and banjo, Norm’s trumpet playing and a lady (Cathy?) playing violin and singing rather well. The Hirsh played a slightly confused solo on drums (it wasn’t him doing the confusing), Brian thinks he can get away with the same Everyday I have the Blues, but he can’t because the St Kilda Post mafiosi were there., and Alan was, well, just Alan because that is what he is good at.
The Maurocco remains a great venue, and the crowd in attendance are a cruisy lot.
Meanwhile, back at the Post…
I am indebted to the local snout, aka Chaos, for his pithy comments on the jam session – a quieter one than usual, but some good stuff coming from it – he picked out the John Bell/Jeff Harris Philharmonic Orchestra for being particularly articulate, Roger Clark and the Debster for entertaining, and a newcomer (Marganita, but I am sure I have got that wrong) who sang rather well, and whom he hopes will come again. And a dancer (Natalie?) who, well, danced. No, can’t read my notes, who danced well.
Michael on guitar was too loud, his off sider Michael on sax really good. Turn up the sax, turn down the axe and come again!
Tye copped the dodgy microphone, or dodgy microphone lead. Sorry, will try and find a solution next week.
So… nobody died, nothing got broken, and a good time was hopefully had by all, although you all left before the free beer ran out, pub burnt down, the Fire Brigade arrived in fancy dress, the PA system worked properly, the tigers were let loose and the drugs wore off. None of which may not have happened. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t there.
25 musos all up, and a splendid afternoon’s entertainment.
Next week: We might suggest you stick to the black notes, they are cheaper. We might not.
The Fourth Jam Session of 2020
Will be this Sunday, 9nd February at 4.00pm. At The Post Hotel, corner of St Kilda Road and Inkerman Street. And it promises to be an unmitigated disaster as all the muso regulars with an unnecessarily high opinion of themselves will be at Port Fairy, leaving everyone else to dive in and misbehave in their absence. Otherwise known as the (slightly famous) B Team.
Plenty of parking around the Hotel possibly due to the fact that no-one has taken over the area for coal mining, gas fracking or pop tunes done badly. Wide open spaces really, just the spot for your ageing Rover 90 Series 1, Datson 180Y with no seat covers, or similar… and then in to the warm but familiar confines of the Post, for a soothing ale or three.
The Newport Jazz Festival – this week’s updoot
Stop messing about, we are up to pussy’s bow with bands. Going to see the Hobson’s Bay City Council wallahs for an update and see if they have got any spare venues. The Captain over achieving again. Why are we not surprised.
Subtle addition of Newport Jazz Festival.com.au as a reserve website. Should automatically bounce through to melbornejazzjammers.com.au which is the actual website. Jess has been working on the band updates, but they have come in so fast we can barely keep up.
The proofs are in
Susie V and the Debster are getting quotes for graphic design. Woo Hoo!
This week’s Jam marked the beginning of the Year for most of us, the beginning of a hectic week for many of us, and a great way to avoid the weather for all of us.
Long story short, there were 31 musos in attendance, POCKOTL back where she belongs, Bette in yellow, and the rest of us in clover. Seems like everyone came back from a break full of renewed vigour and there was a happy vibe about the place.
Started with a Committee meeting which was a riot in itself, Susie came to see what we were on about, left none the wiser, but will take up the role of Media/Marketing/Sponsorship/Promotion. Haven’t got a clue what she will do next meeting… but great to see her on board.
So… Mme Kay back, a bit to my surprise as I thought she was in Darwin, but a bright start to the year, Jeff H on soprano sax. He started brilliantly which left him far too much downside later on, but does anyone appreciate how difficult it is to get a soprano to sound like something other than a strangled cat? Alan West as benign a ever, John on trumpet patient then pretty good – no, bugger it, probably as good as we have heard him. Terry on guitar rather smooth, the usual contingent of drummers (Steve Bray,Michael HappySnaps Findlay, Mac,) with Mr “Carpet” Hirsh himself the pick of them with a fine late solo on Sunny.
Trevor Prasad put in a brief piano stint, pretty sweet, but only after Peter Garam had (a) started the session, and (b) continued to play pretty well – back next week ?
A bunch of new faces whose names I probably haven’t got, Yuko and Aimee both sang solo then duo later on, Deborah waltzed in with a confident set, maybe the pick of the singers this week. Ashley de Wang rounded out the arvo with a suite of Sinatra songs and way too many saxophone players, then Gilbert maintained his reputation as Mr Smooth – look out for his band Gilbert and Swing the Boogie at the Festival – should be a shoo in for best new band name. And that brought us to a late conclusion. Nice work Lads!
In the middle of which, the jammers raised $176.20c for the bushfire appeal. (receipt attached!)
The Second Jam Session of 2020
Will be this Sunday, 26th January at 4.00pm. At The Post Hotel, corner of St Kilda Road and Inkerman Street. If you missed last week’s sesh, all the more reason to dip your toe in the pool this week. Plenty of parking around the Hotel (Bath Street is the go – its off Inkerman behind the Post). Just waddle in with ya weapon of choice, get yer name on the list and whoops you’re in..
Hope to see you there.
No advice for the desperates this week – you will just have to wing it.
Update: The Newport Jazz Festival May 2nd and May 3rd, 2020
The Captain has developed a taste for the beer and now needs to liaise with the Newport Bowls boys on a regular basis. Wrangling the bands a treat!
The Navy Band has confirmed, and that is a very big deal. Whoo Hoo!
The Committee: Met this week, we now have 40 bands registered – and the Committee has been discussing ways of shooting the laggards should we be over subscribed.
Facebook/Whats App/Twitter: someone tell me how we do this. Please.
Promo Cards: seemed like a few of you liked the idea of double sided cards. Going fast.
The WebsiteJess de Webmeister is back from the land of the long white Pom, and will hopefully start polishing the Festival website as soon as she reads this.
Check out the website (updated this week) , like it on your Facebook page
This week’s update: we now have 38 bands registered – there was a bit of an influx after the New year. The bands are listed on the website (see link below).
The Committee: hasn’t met since before Christmas – we will be dotting t’s and crossing i’s or something next Sunday, promise…
The Website didn’t crash! Even Jess was surprised. Which means we now have to update all the band bios, put in more photos of the bands and venues and sort out the Paypal situation If you paid a registration or partners ticket by Paypal, we may be in touch soon, but the payment may bounce back to your account in the meantime..
Promo Cards: the next round or promo cards for both the Jam sessions and the festival have been printed (double sided) and if you want some to hand out to your friends, ask Col or Ted at the Jam Session.
Check out the website (updated) , like it on your Facebook page
Lunch. Well, why not? A few hardy souls foregathered for lunch at The Post: among them De Coverley the cad and a few friends (Larry, Doug, Laurie and Cath Connor et al), along with Yuko, The Captain, and a gradual assemblage of Jeff, Ivan, Gilbert, meself, and a bunch of others…. Lunch was pretty good.
Started the music with a fine foursome – the aforementioned bounder and his mates, and some rather good jazz, whilst the rest of us sucked on wagyu beef burgers, chips and reminiscences for a while Not many peeps at this stage and it really seemed as though the 2.00pm start would be a fizzer.
Which, of course, it wasn’t. This was the biggest Jam Session we have ever had – bigger than we could remember at Dizzy’s, bigger than the seven sax blowout at Ramages, bigger than the Captain’s birthday party at the Leinster.
How big, you ask? Well I can’t hear you not ask, but the answer is 45 musicians., all of whom got to play over the ensuing six hours. And when you factor in two who turned up but didn’t play (Rose and Bruce – sorry chaps), as well as those who were elsewhere engaged (Malcolm, Carol , Aggie the Gardener – you were missed) we were lucky to get away with it.
All the drummers who didn’t turn up are in discgrace, because at one stage, I had to slap the skins so badly that Larry kindly got up from his rest and resumed.
So… a fine afternoon, fine music, and great company. Who should we pick out as particularly culpable?
Jeff played some of the sweetest saxophone he has in ages.
Sir Roger De Coverley easily topped the charts for most solos.
Gilbert turned up earlier than ever before, and sang with gusto.
The Debonair Mr Curtis was as elegant as ever.
Jane knocked up a fine set (actually, better than fine).
The Captain declined a solo on When Sunny Gets Blue, but then aced it anyway,.
Jack Morris sang for the third time in living memory,
Dave NN the bass turned up for the first time in ages, as did guitar ace Ben Stewart, Ash de Wang sang…
…and the rest of you must remain unmentioned, because either you were unmentionable, or American, or excellent, or both, or because I have run out of superlatives, vituperatives, adjectives and inclination. But what a great afternoon that turned out to be!
Prizes, and the year in review
There are no prizes, but if there were, we would be awarding them to… (drum roll)
Malcolm for turning up late every week, playing better and better, and staying back to help the pack up. Gentleman JC for setting a standard to which we aspire.
The Rhythm section for driving the whole damn shebang. Ivan, Pete, Alan, Steve, Mike (x2), Bill, Mac, Hussein, and all the others: great job!
John Perri: for starting to drive the Rhythm section really well: much appreciated.
Annie Smith: for most nicknames in a year. Oh, alright, she sings rather well as well.
Alan West: for being a soothing influence on us all, and playing damn well as well.
The 120 + musicians who have played at the Post since April 2019. You know it has been a good year.
The Staff at the Post: Mike’s crew is constantly changing, but Devon, Mel, Adam, and Toby all stick in the mind. Some Jammers will be aware of how much they enjoy the jazz. Props to Mike for putting up with us.
Just when you thought – that is it for another year – or is it???
We are holding an unofficial, supernumerary Jazz Jam Session this coming Sunday 15th December, at the Post Hotel as usual, from 4.00pm until whenever – to which you are invited, and at which you may play or sing whatever the hell you feel like. Yuko’s parents are coming from Japan for this one. Annie will be there. Captain Chaos may be there, or not, or may be a newly signed up Collingwood supporter, as the mood takes him. Plenty of regulars have said they will come too.
Update: The Newport Jazz Festival May 2nd and May3rd, 2020
Bands: We now have over 25 bands signed up – and it looks like 50 may not be pie in the sky.
The Committee: rolls from hiccup to hiccup: this week saw Deb unwell, the Captain contemplating eye surgery, Julian retiring. We desperately (or not so desperately) seeking someone to take up the reins on the roles of Treasurer and Marketing guru.
The Website hasn’t crashed yet! God knows I’ve tried, but it looks increasingly likely that it will still be working when Jess gets back from the UK.
Bands: The Captain already has the first 15 bands signed up -and we are upping the ante to include at least 50 bands. Soon, we will be posting details of signed up bands on the website.
The Committee: the Debster is doing a great job as Secretary – who’da thought she would be that good. Julian (treasurer) is hitting his straps now we have some early payments coming in, and Col and I are going out lunch, only we call it marketing.
We are also looking for someone to join the Committee. Interested?
Website: We threw the damn thing in the water, to test it for leaks. There are a few, but Jess has done a great job so far. Register a Band! Pay an individual musician registration fee! Have a look at the venues (second page on the site) and see who gets their Band details/photos/whatever up first.
There will be ongoing edits of this as the information is updated.
Band Bookings: Col has resumed sending out info to selected bands. Bands are starting to get interested, and we have even received several (uninvited) submissions, so word must be getting around.
Venues: We are booking two rooms at the Library/Newport Community Hub, two rooms at the Bowls Club, the Scout Hall next to the Bowls Club, and the RSL next to that (all on Market Street, Newport, and a drop punt from two big carparks.
Bands: We now have capacity for up to 53 bands – more than we originally envisaged.
The Newport Jazz Fest – a quick survey for you to tell us:
What sort of a Jazz Festival would you like to see?
Answers on an email to firstname.lastname@example.org give us your preferred top three, or if you are an overachiever, put them all in order of preference. Or if you are an over over achiever, come up with some different ideas.
Band Wrangler: Colin Garrett: We have left this up to Captain Chaos himself: he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of almost all the bands we are likely to sign up for the Festival. We are certainly talking to a couple of big bands, and want to get some trad on board (they bring the biggest number of supporters). Plus the usual suspects.
Marketing and Sponsorship: in the capable hands of Margaret Michael – the original POCKOTL If you think you know what POCKOTL stands for, send in an e-mail. There will be a prize for the most creative suggestion.
Committee Secretary: Debbie Woodroffe. Currently AWOL, possibly snowed under with documentation, possibly not..
Venues: The Scout Hall is definitely in, still talking to Leroys, but not the Junction Hotel.
The Date: Hold the Festival at Newport on May 2nd, May 3rd 2020: confirmed We haven’t changed this date for several weeks. Good grief!
The Bands: The Captain is talking – to the Navy Band amongst others.
The Web Site Key words: reflecting what the Festival is about. No, Hortense, I do not have a clue either. Incomplete list: Jazz, Newport, Fest, Festival, Community, Musicians, Jam Session, Friendly (stole that one from Castlemaine, they probably don’t need it any more)
Send us your preferred keywords:
Answers on an email to email@example.com