Lillian Albazi Quintet

The Lillian Albazi Quartet are playing their first Castlemaine Festival, this year, and come with quite some pedigree – most recently heard at the Inverloch Jazz Festival, Port Fairy, Paris Cat, Uptown and around Melbourne.

Presenting modern arrangements of standards from The Great American Songbook, Lillian’s vocals are inspired by the great ladies of jazz: Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday.

Lillian Albazi – vocals
Tom Allen Graham – guitar
Joshua Manusama – double bass
Cameron Sexton – drums
Liam Werrett – alto saxophone

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The First Jam Session for 2017

Yup, this Sunday 15th January, those of us with short-term memory loss will be darkening the doors of the Gold Street Gossip Shoppe for some mild ballad mangling.

I can confidently say this will be the worst Jam session of the year so far, several otherwise respectable toons will be trashed beyond recognition, and Colonel T of the Fourth Light Punjab Horse (retd), one time conductor of the 237 to Hounslow, will play the riff from Smoke on the Water. Again.

Actually, he might not, because no one knows where he is, and he might be somewhere else at the time. So I can only say that fairly confidently. Or maybe probably. Or possibly, possibly. Or perhaps not at all.

Do drop in if you are at a loose end, as Hortense once said.

Melbourne Jazz Jammers

The Leinster Arms, Gold Street Collingwood,
Sunday 15th January 2017,
from 4.00pm

Jam Session News: It’s dropping off…

As Hortense might have said, had she been there, which she could have been. There have been some quieter weeks for the jam sessions of late – for whatever reason, fewer singers in particular. All of which creates a greater opportunity for those that do turn up, and this week’s 15 or so musos all got plenty of playing time. Continue reading

Lunatic Soup Lounge Blues…From the Empire of Chaos

Sunday 24th July
They came from near and far to attend the cacophony of sound Sunday 24th July at the Leinster Arms. David from Dingee (North of Bendigo) with his alto saxophone and voice. Ashley from Wangaratta, who, along with Audrey (soon to head back to Belgium), vocalised.  Even two visitors from South Africa came to listen.

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RIP Gato Barbieri

Leandro Barbieri (born November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina died 2 April 2016, known as Gato Barbieri (Spanish for “the cat” Barbieri), was an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer who rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and is known for his Latin jazz recordings in the 1970s.

Born to a family of musicians, Barbieri began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”. He played the clarinet and later the alto saxophone while performing with the Argentinean pianist Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s.

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