Castlemaine this weekend

It must be with a sense of relief that the Committee can finally sit back, relax and then panic all weekend at long last. The Fourth Annual Jazz Festival de Castlemaine kicks off on Friday evening, and keeps going all weekend. Eighty or Ninety bands, eight venues (or is it nine?), Vocals Masterclasses, a jazz parade, a supper club – there is more than enough to keep the most jaded jazzophile occupied.

And if you run out of ideas, I suggest you indulge in some vigorous warm-up calisthenics as the Big C is going to be cold as a witches t*t.

There will be bands from Queensland (stomperoo) and from Tasmania (Nadira F) and just about everywhere in between.

You can purchase a ticket (cash or card) on the day from the Ray Bradfield Room (it should be well signed), and there is a range of ticket choices: all day, evening, all weekend etc. etc. Children under 12 get in free, (children under 3 can get in for $250)

Hope to see you there!

Festival for beginners: start here…

Meanwhile, back at the big C, preparations proceed apace for the Fourth Annual Castlemaine Jazz Festival, President Carpenter dodging the bullets; and indeed for the 49th edition of the Castlemaine Jam Session, Judge Turnbull presiding. It all goes off like a frog in a sock over the first (jam) and second (jazz) weekend in June.

This year’s Festival takes another lurch to the left, with new venues (Anglican Church, Theatre Royal and Maurocco Bar), big band karaoke, and a couple of master classes for aspiring singers with featured chanteuse Hetty Kate, followed by an evening of dancing at the supper club. Rumour has it that several tickets have been sold, and around 350 musicians will be descending on the ‘burg all weekend to make up the numbers.

Should be fun…

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2017

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2017 News Update

June 9th – June 12th 2017

Featured Bands: You may have noticed the growing list of Band Bios being featured in the Newsletter. (Just click on the Festival tab above).  We are getting some good feed-back on this, and there will be some more in the next few days. The general feeling is that the standard of musicians playing at this year’s Festival is even higher than last year. Certainly there is a greater diversity of music on offer. Something to look forward to!

Musicians: Musician Registration must be completed and registration fees ($20) paid by 24th April 2017… The fees are needed for Festival cashflow, but provided income is available, these will be reimbursed (and hopefully more) afterwards. No registration, no reimbursement.

Volunteers: for any Jammers not registered to play at the Festival, the opportunity exists to be a volunteer Door Manager. Apart from getting to hear some great bands, you will also get a free Festival pass. Anyone interested should contact Colin Garrett initially, on 0422 568 537

http://2017.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2017 News Update

June 9th – June 12th 2017

Venues: Run Rabbit Run is definitely in – one of the original venues and right in the middle of town.

Musicians: Musician Registration must be completed and registration fees ($20) paid by 24th April 2017… The fees are needed for Festival cashflow, but provided income is available, these will be reimbursed (and hopefully more) afterwards. No registration, no reimbursement.

Volunteers: for any Jammers not registered to play at the Festival, the opportunity exists to be a volunteer Door Manager. Apart from getting to hear some great bands, you will also get a free Festival pass. Anyone interested should contact Colin Garrett initially, on 0422 568 537

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Castlemaine Jazz Jam, Sunday April 2nd

After last month’s successful debut at Maurocco Bar, the lads are back for more, April 2nd. You might consider a jaunt up the Calder – it makes for a great day out, the beer is cold and the welcome warm.

Say g’day to Ken Turnbull for me.

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Phileas Fogg Trio

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Castlemaine Jazz Festival Featured Bands

Philéas Fogg Trio

One of the truly international ensembles to be playing at Castlemaine, born from the desire of its three members to combine a love for the classic jazz repertoire with European Romanticism.

Andreana Micanova (Macedonia): piano

Daniel Seddon (UK): bass

Philippe Castermane (France): drums

https://www.facebook.com/phileasfoggtrio/

The JC Big Band

Jason Chalmers, occasional jammer, is a ridiculously talented saxophonist and band leader. The JC Big Band is registered for Castlemaine, and is proposing to run a couple of big band Karaoke sessions as well, following the success of these in Melbourne. Get involved!

https://soundcloud.com/jason-chalmers/sets/the-jc-little-big-band-with

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Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2017

June 9th – June 12th 2017

Bands and Venues: Col reports that he has around 80 bands registered, so they are looking at more venues.. last gossip was that Run Rabbit Run (the upstairs one with a hole in the floor) might be back, and someone is talking to the Bridge Hotel – I do hope so!

Musicians: Musician Registration must be completed and registration fees ($20) paid by 24th April 2017… The fees are needed for Festival cashflow, but provided income is available, these will be reimbursed (and hopefully more) afterwards. No registration, no reimbursement.

http://2017.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/

Castlemaine Jazz Festival – are you a member?

Invitations for membership applications and the AGM have been sent out. If anyone would like to join as a member (it costs you nothing initially, but you might get involved in volunteering for the Festival).

If interested, send us an e-mail at

Castlemainejazzfestival@gmail.com

and we will get an application form to you, prontissimo.  Applications must be received by 25th August, so get ya skates on.

The AGM is set for 11.00am on 10th September at the Chewton Community Centre, Main Road Chewton (enter via Mount Street to park).

Castlemaine Jazz Festival: The Volunteers have their say

Or their lunch, whatever. This Sunday sees yet another post Festival session, this one aimed at thanking the volunteers for their efforts – there were 90 people who put their hand up, and the Committee is keenly aware of how important they are to the smooth running of the Festival. Volunteer Obergruppenfuhrer Gabrielle will be in the chair, and local and Melbourne based Committee members will be there.

“There” being the Cumberland Hotel, which, amongst other things, hosts the Festival Jam sessions and hopefully makes oodles of moolah out of it all. They are supporting the bash – what splendid chaps.