The Featured Singers Sessions at the Junktion Hotel:

Kateřina Myŝková concludes the current suite of Divas, with a couple more in the offing for later this month. The Captain is fully preoccupiied with the Castlemaine Jazz Festival AGM, or should be by now, so we are giving it a break for a week or two.

Whether the Featured Singers series has been a success is hard to tell – but one noticeable, if unexpected, effect has been a marked increase in the number of singers turning up each week.

If you think this is a worthwhile variation on a jam session theme, send us an e-mail to

If you would rather have less vocals and more instrumentals, ditto, ditto.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival Annual General Meeting

Subscriptions: Existing members are required to pay a $5 membership fee in order to be able to vote at the meeting. This should have been done by 31st July. If you have a problem, contact the Secretary on 0418 155 466

Proxy Forms If you are unable to attend, and would like to vote in the new Committee, the Proxy form is below. Hand your form to Col Garrett at the jam session, or email completed forms to committee

Hello Castlemaine Jazz Festival Members

Last year the committee and members voted to establish an annual fee for membership of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival. The fee is not just a fundraising exercise. This will also help us stay up to date with members information and we would hope to encourage members to be more aware of what the committee is planning and doing.

The Fee has been set at $5

Please pay your fee via a funds transfer into the Castlemaine Jazz Festival Inc Account
Account Name – Castlemaine Jazz Festival Inc
BSB – 633 000
Account No – 150 734 457

Please use your full name in the payment details so we can identify who has paid.
To be eligible to vote in the AGM payment must be paid by 31st of July 2018.

2018 AGM will be held on
Saturday the 18th of August
in the Old Castlemaine Gaol Mess Hall

Get the forms from the link below.

So you want to be in the movies?

Dream on, but Caren and her technical team will be filming during the jam session at the Leinster Arms on Sunday 6th May. She will be doing short interviews with a few musos, most of whom are so old and ugly it will probably end up a horror movie – she has spoken to a wide range of jammers, but make an effort to be there.

Monster Jam for the Year will be Sunday 3rd Dec

Yes folks it is that time of the year again!

The big seasonal celebration will be held in the Atrium of The Leinster Arms on Sunday 3rd of December.

Every year this proves to be a lot of fun and time to catch up with a few Jammer friends.


Note that this also will be the last Jam for the year!

Give a Shout for Adrian at JazzLab

Sunday, November 19, 7 pm-late, at The Jazzlab, 27 Leslie Street, Brunswick

$25 & $20 concessions

Adrian Jackson is best-known to most jazz followers in Australia (and internationally) as the founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s three major jazz festivals – Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues; and, Stonnington Jazz (as well as jazz critic with The Age newspaper for around 15 years). In the past year he has had to deal with some adversity, and been unemployed, and over the last few months this has been further exacerbated with health problems. Continue reading

Adrian Jackson Benefit at Jazz Lab


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Adrian Jackson (left) with Barney McAll at Wangarratta in 2013

Meanwhile, after 27 years as founding Artistic Director at Wangaratta (as well as the Melbourne and Stonnington jazz festivals), Adrian Jackson is currently unemployed, and in need of some non-major medical assistance. Knowing the ‘inside’ story, I can confidently state that both the Wangaratta and Melbourne festivals could have easily “fallen over” in early years of financial strain if Adrian had not gone way beyond the A.D. role, and worked on management and budget aspects (as well as taking effective pay cuts). He has also ‘backed’ the Australian creative music scene when this music does not always deliver audience numbers (I recall seeing ‘Band of Five Names’, with Phil Slater, playing to a modest audience at Chapel-off-Chapel as part of Stonnington Jazz almost a decade ago, but support like that often ‘bears fruit’ later, like Slater’s suite at Wangaratta). Continue reading

From Melbourne Jazz Co-operative

It is with great pleasure (and some relief) to be able to report that the Wangaratta Festival was clearly an overall success (particularly in terms of both attendance figures and musical standards), and its immediate future is assured.

At the time of the announcement that Adrian Jackson would not be re-appointed as Artistic Director, I made the point that in addition to a change in A.D., the Board also needed to hit the “reset” button and make some real improvements to the event (such as securing more corporate sponsorship). They delivered on several changes, with Continue reading