What’s Afoot

Funny shaped bit on the end of your leg.. Otherwise, we are planning a meeting before the Jam Session to discuss plans for a future “mini-Festival” The early proposal is to use the Junk as a venue for 27 bands over a Saturday and Sunday. If you would be interested in volunteering or assisting, let the Captain know. More details to follow?

Wangaratta Jazz

Early reports indicate that the Wangaratta shenanigans went well, with performances at the Bulls Head featuring the sprightly Miss Smiff. As in previous years, the Sunday market was the peak event for the band of jammers who went up. This Sunday morning event should be a sideshow, but has always attracted a goodly crowd who are appreciative of the music.

Props to Huich (violin) at her first Wang bash – she impressed, as did another first timer, Andre, who dropped in for a fine stint on the drums.

Toodlepip!

TW

Halls Gap: The Chaos Files

A number of regular, part-time and past jammers attended the 3rd Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival last weekend. In favourable weather more than 100 bands assembled in the fantastic Grampians environment to perform before a good number of jazz devotees.

John Curtis, Annie Smith, Steve Bray and Doug Kuhn presented their highly entertaining Annie and the Bossa Boys. Jeff Harris was invited to play with a Blues Band (40 Thieves Blues Band) and wowed the audience with his performance. Mike Hirsh, Alan Richards, Keith Hughes, Tina Ayris,  Gillian Sealby,  David Lakeman and Brian Paulusz were also making great music over the weekend.

My personal high was to get to renew acquaintance and play with David Lole from Canberra who joined us two years ago when he spent a few months living in Melbourne.

CG

The Bali Fiasco (2) … to be averted

The Ade Ishs Trio will be jetting off to the Ubud Festival in Bali in August, as a reciprocal gesture representing the, umm Melbourne Jazz Jammers, as well as the Castlemaine Jammers and the Jazz Festival. The originally promised funding has fallen a little bit through, and there will be an opportunity for regular jammers, particularly those who saw the Astrid Sulaiman & Yuri Mahatma Jazz Quartet free session at the Junktion, to indulge in a little light fund raising to pay for Ade’s trio’s airfares and expenses in return.

Do you want to work with the 2019 Brunswick Music Festival!

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.