From Stan Van Hooft

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.

November 10, 6.30pm: “The Nina Simone Show”. A 45-minute cabaret-style show telling the musical story of Nina Simone. At “Speakeasy HQ” (522 Flinders Street, Melbourne). For details and tickets, go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=317678

November 11, 5-7pm: “Breakout” at Farouk’s Olive, 711 High street, Thornbury. Swinging modern jazz in a friendly bar. $5 entry.

November 19, 5pm: “The Nina Simone Show” again

December 16, 5-7pm: “Breakout” again, but this time featuring a wonderful singer, Chloe John, with a mixture of jazz standards and pop ballads (and definitely no Christmas carols!).

Hope you can join me at one or more of these gigs

Who knows what 2018 may bring?​

Stan

Jam Sunday 29th Nov from Taariq

What with a large contingent of usual jazz Jammers away at the Grampians Jazz Festival (and possibly also away with the fairies) the army reserve B Team, straight out of a B movie, stood in and ensured that the show must go on at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday.

Such was the low turnout that after Terry sat in on drums, with this scribe on electric bass and then a lengthy stint on piano, Ivan came to the rescue on Double Bass and your humble correspondent even had a chance to brush up on the drums ( yes a drumming pun).

Fermin and Neil rotated on guitar and newcomer Craig also joined in on guitar on songs such as “Milestones”.

Glenn the Publican sat in on drums including a fast version of “Just Friends”. Continue reading

Sat 4th Nov at Jazz Lab

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)

click here for more info

Inchmeal Cafe Friday 3rd Nov (before Cup Weekend)

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!!!

The last concert at this venue was full so please book tickets as soon as possible using the links:
Fri 3rd Nov
www.trybooking.com/SDGI
More info about Inchmeal Cafe here:
https://www.inchmeal.com.au/

Jazz Jam report 22 Oct 2017

from Taariq on location

The sheltered workshop for the tone deaf and rhythmically challenged held yet another Jam session on Sunday. A modest turn out on a slightly cool spring day saw many of the usual suspects mangle some of the tried and tested, (sorely tested) material yet again.

This scribe started on piano, albeit a little rusty because you can’t take a piano with you when you go for spring cross country skiing Continue reading

Who is this Bass Player?

Illness, overseas trips and busy life styles have all contributed to the lack of a newsletter over the last three weeks. However, the jams have continued to successfully function every Sunday at the Leinster Arms with the usual low and highlights.

Last Sunday 5 Saxophonists, 4 pianists, 3 guitarists 3 drummers and single bassist were joined by Annie Smith on vocals. A diverse range of numbers were performed from some thirties classics, a number of fifties jazz standards to a Joe Zawinul’s Money in the Pocket. The gong of the day must go to the single bassist who risked serious RSI by playing almost continually for four hours.

Not your usual correspondent

From Martin Jackson*

On Thursday I heard the entertaining late set from tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt at Bird’s Basement (with the bonus of Sydney trumpeter Warwick Alder guesting on two tunes). He pointed out that this Saturday marks John Coltrane’s birth date, for what would have been his 90th birthday, and he intended to celebrate it with a “special tribute show” (With his dynamic pianist, Benito Gonzalez, heavily indebted to McCoy Tyner’s concepts, and Wyatt an authentic “out-of-the-tradition” stylist and “down home” leader, it should be a very worthwhile experience).

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Last week we had Coltrane’s surviving son, Ravi Coltrane’s Quartet at Bird’s, after their Australian debut there last March. On this visit this group was far more dynamic, powered by the great drumming of Johnathan Blake. With the interplay between Coltrane and Blake (sometimes as a duo), one could not help but be reminded of the approach and template created by the great partnership between John Coltrane and Elvin Jones.
I was extremely fortunate to hear both McCoy Tyner (1978) and Elvin Jones (1984) still in prime form as bandleaders, and in venues that Coltrane performed in: The Village Gate, and The Village Vanguard. While both groups delivered truly inspiring performances, one realised that this only gave an inkling of what a Coltrane Quartet concert performance was to experience. On his 2005 MIJF visit, Wayne Shorter told a story of most of the Jazz Messengers band going to see the Coltrane Quartet during their set break, and becoming so mesmerised that they did not return in time for their second set. The club owner came down to bring them back, but he too became entranced and forgot about the time!

Realising that this year marked 50 years since his passing (on July 17, 1967), it is revelatory how powerful and relevant his music remains. We are fortunate that the Impulse label provided him so much studio time, and kept all of the unreleased recordings. The official Coltrane website is a great resource to check out (especially the audio of his interviews). Visit it here. Billboard covered the range of events marking Trane’s 90th. here

(*Martin Jackson is editor of the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative’s journal)

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe

Which neatly sums up the quiet little Jam Session that took place last Sunday. Plenty of opportunity to gyre and gimble, and none missed. A smaller bunch of jammers than usual (17) concocted a variety of tempo, and tones. And then had them altered at random.

All of which made for the usual gossip-mongering over a refreshing social lubricant, munchies from Glen, and the early departure of several rather good musos.

And the orchestra played on… Continue reading

Summer Isn’t upon us

But it might as well be… this was an upmarket little jam session, characterised by early and mighty fine bebop, followed by a parade of singers. All bound together by the indefatigable Ivan (double bass), playing all afternoon, and playing well at that.

The Captain, Volkers, Will and Jeff led the rattle and squeak section, with Mr Findlay leading out the drummers. A fairly new guitarist, possibly called Haydn, played well; and Nadira Farid’s bassist (Hayden?) gave Ivan the briefest of respites whilst the Big Ho’s finest warmed her tonsils for that night’s gig. Preceded by the Divine Miss Smith, and followed by Chloe, then Katerina. Sam Izzo (piano) mercifully restored some dignity to proceedings. Continue reading

Last Week’s Jam Session, this week’s Jam Session:

Fashionably late, I staggered through the door of the Gold Street Gossip shop in time to hear Curtis, Colonel T, Captain Chaos, Fermin, Findlay, Steve Bray and/or Bill and the motley crew tweak some irretrievable version of a Monk tune (name withheld to protect the guilty) before settling down to listen to Lisette bring some calm and disorder to the proceedings. I then retired to the back bar for a bit of a gossip with POCKOTL

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There is a satisfyingly predictable trajectory to the jam session which sees the singers take over around 6pm and this session Continue reading