Solo Piano with John Curtis

When: 6-8pm every Friday night
Where: The Library at the Grand Hotel, Corner of Flinders Street and Spencer Street, Melbourne

John performs his own interpretations of an extensive jazz repertoire on the Library’s grand piano. If you are in
town on a Friday evening you are cordially invited to come along and enjoy the music and the excellent
bar service in a very pleasant environment. Dinner is also available in the adjoining dining room.

The Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street, Friday, 4th October, from 5.30 – 8.30pm

Who caught the flu, who stepped in, who is going to step in, what they are stepping in, and why you should turn up

After last week’s late change, (Ruby Rogers not a well girl) which saw Risa entertain a goodly crowd at short notice, this week sees a double header: Chelly Parisi is singing the early set, and Sevil Sabah takes over around 7.00. Kip Dale on bass, James on drums, Ben Stewart soloing on guitar, and meself on piano. Jazz and Latin to start, followed by swing tunes and some soul tinged numbers. Rather looking forward to this…

Catchya round the trapzzz

The Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street, Friday, 11th October, from 5.30 – 8.30pm

Next week, Amy Jaulin will be singing, with Kain Borlase on bass, meself on piano, and Bruce Constable on drums. The swing meister himself. Amy puts on a stylish and entertaining show. Kain used to play at the Ramage jams (how long ago was that?) and apart from the pianist, that is as good a line-up as any we have had…

What are the Jammers getting up to, where, when, probably not why, and maybe with whom….

What’s on at The Grand Hotel

After last week’s big night with the Risa and the lads, the Divine Miss Smiff will have her work cut out this week. Or something, probably aided and abutted by the ever Debonair Mr Curtis esq,  with Danilo, Andy Moon and quite possibly Captain Chaos hisself. Oh La! I’m going, you should too.

Ann Smith, The Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street, Friday 20th September, from 5.30 – 8.30pm.

Next week
The Grand hosts the irrepressible Ruby Rogers will be singing up a storm or crooning gentle ballads over the Ganesan bass lines, and some dodgy old geezer on piano. We are trying a cocktail bar friendly trio format for this one. Ruby friends will be there, but we will find a suitable spot for a few more.

What’s Done and Dusted, What’s Happening, Where, When, With Whom perhaps

Update 18 July 2013

This Friday at the Grand Hotel, Chelly Parisi will be singing, accompanied by Kip Dale (Bass) and Bruce Constable (drums). She don’t know what she in fer – Bruce is the smoothest of the regular drummers, and one of the youngest (well in the top ten anyway). He flies down from Sydney for a session every now and then.  I will be trying to keep up on piano, and I might get the Captain to play a coupla toons. The session is going to be entirely focussed on having a good time with a great rhythm section. I suppose you could turn up if you wanted to. Marg will be there…

Next week sees a return to normality, with the DIVINE MISS SMYTHE, accompanied by Gentleman John Curtis, Danilo (drums) and Dave Taylor (double bass) accompanying. 

Chelly Parisi boogies up The Grand Hotel, cnr Spencer and Flinders Streets, Friday 19th July, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm

One for your diary: The Leinster Arms is having a 150th Birthday Party, with an open day on Sunday August 18th – there will be all sorts of food, goodies, bands, including possibly the Jammers band (whoever that might be) and the Brewery Clydesdales delivering the beer.   I didn’t know Glen was that old…

The Castlemaine Jam: Every first Sunday of the month from 3.30pm at The Comma, Hargeaves Street, Castlemaine. If you want to score a seat, get there early, the place has been packed out of late.. Singer Meg Corson takes the guest spot at the next one.

Get up and boogie! And that should still be enough music for anyone…

The Grand Hotel: Murphy Rules

Last Friday was one of the very best sessions at the Grand: Tess Murphy singing there for the first time, Danilo a revelation on drums, Stan the Man on bass playing better than ever, and John Curtis, in a brand new but almost entirely tasteless flat cap,  holding it all together as only John can. Tess led them all through an array of tempos and tunes of a high, high standard – and they swung!

This week, the gorgeous Amy Jaulin returns with another collection of jazz standards, blues, ballads and show tunes. Amy has the knack of beguiling her audience with a stunning voice, a winning smile and 3” eyelashes. It is a killer combination…she will be accompanied by Rene Tessmer on bass and meself on Piano. There will almost certainly be a drummer, and I almost certainly haven’t arranged one just yet…

Amy Jaulin Sings! The Grand Hotel, Cnr Flinders and Spencer Streets, Fridayt May 10th from 5.30pm


The 51st Inaugural Vladivostok Jazz Bash (2014) and other nonsense

 The proposed event above has been relocated, possibly to Castlemaine, due to bad weather. The Captain has scouted a couple of ace venues in the ancient burgh of Castlemaine, famous for its, well I am not sure what, really. Great assistance from John Hannah was much appreciated, and things are moving along nicely. So we didn’t have to send the Captain to Vladivostok after all, although, of course, the temptation remains, particularly when he starts playing Killer Joe or Footprints.

 What’s on at the Grand Hotel?

 This week, the slightly glamorous Chelly Parisi will be trotting out a mix of swing, show tunes, ballads and some funky little numbers; accompanied by Avi Ganesan on bass, Andrew Putnam on drums, meself on drugs, and Julian “put that light out” Driscoll keeping us all in good order. Ace night coming up!

Friday 19th April, from 5.30pm at the Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets

 What’s Up With Jack

You may have heard that Jack Morris got run over by a four wheel drive, and has had to have a hip replacement. That is just a rumour, the truth is, he was playing Footprints or Killer Joe at the time: I would think that would constitute a complete defence for the bloke in the Nissan Pathfinder or whatever it was. Sadly, the trombone came out unscathed. There is no justice in the world any more, is there… get well soon Jack!

The Leinster Jam Session

…was rather busy again this week – Captain Chaos in fine form as ever.

 Highlights (for me, anyway) were Mr Taariq playing some great bass – not too loud, right on the chord all the time. I think he must have been on performance enhancing substances, although he didn’t answer to James, Hird or Coach so maybe not. Great set, Mr T

 Followed by Andy Moon, who was just as good, and so he should be because he can actually read those little dots they put over the chords to confuse the rest of us, and he sits in with a dead posh band when not playing at the jams.

Oh, and Chelly and Tess sang some great ballads – I really enjoyed sitting back and being entertained. John Curtis, Ali, Julian, James (drums), Andrew (drums), Danilo (DRUMS) and a few others provided the candles on the cake.

 Around fifteen musos provided a class performance all arvo. Stop it at once, it sets a dangerous precedent.

Ya wouldn’t be dead fer quids…


This week sees the return of Buddy Love, with his usual orchestra. Actually, Buddy’s orchestra is far from usual as he uses different musos every time; but this week’s line-up is particularly good: Ben Hooper on piano, Simon Atkinson on drums, Stewart Prentice on double bass, and, of course Captain Chaos or Leeontrumpet, or both probably.

It all goes off from 5.30pm onwards, Friday 12th April at the Grand Hotel, corner of Spencer and Flinders in the City. Drop in and check it out.

Last week the heavenly Miss Kay Young, and equally ethereal Risa produced a great show for an enthusiastic audience, so enthusiastic that we ran half an hour over time on the grounds that we were all enjoying it. Might try the double header thing again.

What’s On at The Grand

Friday 15th March, Grand Hotel, corner of Spenser and Flinders, from 5.30pm
Chelly Parisi is on, that’s what – with newcomer Jimmy on Bass, Andrew Putnam on drums, meself on piano, and Captain Chaos back in the saddle. Unless you are booked to drive in the Grand Prix the next day, please feel free to drop in and hear a few great new toons from Miss ‘Chell

Rumour, Innuendo, Glen’s Fat Chips, Hortense’s New Year disappointment and what’s in store..

Another year of jam sessions done and dusted – and there is little truth to the rumour that Captain Chaos is now suffering from saxophone withdrawal symptoms. The never -ending flow of musical surprises ended with a Gala session at the Grand Hotel. Risa sang a fine set, omitting Sukiyaki for the first time in her life, and then a gathering of jammers who had performed there over the year (aka the usual suspects) got up and boogied into the night, in front of a mildly startled crowd of hotel guests, aunts, uncles, friends, four tooled up policemen, and an exhausted hotel crew whose only wish was to set up the breakfast tables and go home. Being a magnanimous lot we granted their wish, eventually.

I was talking to Marg from the Altona the other day. She was sucking on the dregs of a particularly long session at the Strangled Ferret at the time, and offered her opinion as to the jammers highlights of the year. She nominated Glen’s fat chips, but after these were ruled out as more of a lifestyle choice than a musical highlight, she declared that there were absolutely none, staggered out into the dusty sunlight of Altona Refinery Mews and has not been seen since. The front door on the Strangled Ferret will be rehung any day now… 

And what, you may ask, of Hortense? You probably wouldn’t, but I am going to tell you anyway. The poor dear had high hopes of a late December container ship arrival, but as the ship’s crew landed, they spotted Marg striding down the dock in a determined manner, turned tail and ran for their lives, having decided on the spot to apply for refugee status in Sri Lanka instead. Poor Hortense, her hopes of a New Years Eve to remember thus cruelly dashed, has retired to the country and taken up embroidery and cat breeding. It won’t last, it never does with Miss H…  

But I digress… Jam Sessions, that was it. It all starts again on Sunday 20nd January at Chateau Il Duce, Gold Street Collingwood, where, by all accounts (well, one actually) young Glen is tearing his hair out in anticipation of your return. 

What will 2013 bring? 

This could be the year that Captain Chaos says, enough, let’s stop and have a rest.. or Mr T actually sits out for a tune. Or we collectively forget to do Autumn Leaves, or Summertime, or both. Or someone asks Danilo to play a little louder. Or Gentleman John C plays a bum note. Or I don’t. Or someone reads a chart upside down, and it actually does make a difference. Or the Collingwood Male Voice Choir in the public bar ask for another few choruses of Caravan, on the grounds it helps them concentrate on the Eight Ball. For these, or any other eventualities, you will need to attend….  

Meanwhile, back at the posh end of Town, the Grand Hotel sessions re-start on January 18th, with Ruby Rogers singing up a storm, and the soothing dulcet tones of Miss Kay to follow on the Saturday night. Rather looking forward to it…  

Toodlepip! TW