Sweet Ade at Dizzy’s

Sweet Ade, Marion Lustig’s 6 piece multi-instrumental jazz band, are playing at Dizzy’s Jazz Club on February 2 at 8.30 pm. This is our first gig at Dizzy’s and it would be great to see some Jammers there! You can have dinner at the venue and doors open at 7.30. Tickets will be available from Dizzy’s from January 20. $20/ $15 .Booking recommended.

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Sweet Ade plays an entertaining, diverse program featuring music from the late 1800s to the 2000s with a unique line-up: Marion Lustig (recorders), Janet Arndt (vocals), Peter Mason (clarinet, saxophones, ukelele, vocals), Lisette Payet (piano, ukelele, accordion, vocals), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone), Richard Opat (washboard, drums).

Xmas Jam 3 Dec 2017

By Taariq Hassan

The last jazz Jam of the year 2017 came and went with a bang.

A good turnout embraced the temperamental weather that Melbourne’s end of year December festivities offers and enjoyed some more: very loud drum solos; find a key singing; wandering tempos; lost chord changes and hackneyed show tunes and ancient standards being mangled yet again.

The players included your scribe on piano and guitar. Others who contributed on the bass were Ivan, Ponytail Peter and newcomer Luke who was quite proficient on the electric bass.

Piano players were not scarce. They included Lisette who also sang some songs including “Lonely Avenue” and “ Fragile” in G minor with a nice guitar solo by your correspondent.

Sam Izzo ; Gentleman John Curtis; Malcolm and the every able Kay Cai on piano and melodica all added their flourishes on the digital piano.

Fermin, Chico added guitars to the mix and yours truly played the big red guitar.

Drummers included : Michael ; Bill; Sebastien (a.k.a The Gallic Animal from the Muppets) ;Steve Bray ; Mike ” Drum solos a plenty” Hirsch and the swinging Andre.

Reed men included : Jeff; the wailing demon on alto sax. ; Peter; Capt. Chaos; Laurie and Keith.

Marion Lustig showed us her recorder skills. She did not do a lighter fluid and matches sacrifice of her instrument to conclude her performance ala Jimi Hendrix at Monterrey. I think Glenn the publican would have taken exception to that .

Vocals were warbled by Uncle Jack ,”A Foggy Day “, Lisette as mentioned before; some refused to be dictated to by key, pitch or songs that were written after 1920’s ended.

The surprise talent came from newcomer Tom P. Fresh from sunny Tasmania with his trombone , he showed us his very accurate pitching (on an instrument that can , in the wrong hands, be like a live cat being skinned) and his swinging , concise phrasing.

Come back in 2018. We need your contribution in brass.

I ended up leaving at about 7 pm after wading through some songs that ended up being ruined twice such as the ¾ time “ Alice in Wonderland” and other hoary old chestnuts.

I wish you all the season’s greetings for the pagan consumer summer solstice and hope to see and hear from you again for a bigger and better new year of Sunday jamming at the sheltered workshop for the tone deaf and rhythmically challenged.

From Marion

Hi,

My band Sweet Ade will be playing a gig at Caulfield Park bandstand on Sunday, December 3. We’ll play from 3-4 pm, preceded by Glen Eira City Band at 2 pm.   This is a delightful outdoor venue at the historic bandstand. There will be free art activities for children. We’ll be presenting an entertaining, interesting and eclectic program, balancing well-known tunes with little heard gems including early Australian jazz. 

Sweet Ade is a lively, upbeat 6 person jazz band with an unusual colourful array of instruments –  recorders, clarinet, saxophones, piano, sousaphone,  washboard, drums, ukuleles, piano accordion and vocals.

Cheers,

Marion Lustig

Marion Lustig takes a holiday

Hi all,
I recently had a wonderful experience as a participant at Jazz Port Townsend in Washington, U.S.A., a weeklong jazz workshop and festival. It was a truly inspiring experience to meet, study with, and hear a faculty of world class jazz musicians in a lovely semi-rural setting at Fort Woden, Port Townsend which is an historic small town about 2 hours’ drive north of Seattle. There was a full range of abilities among the participants, who included about 50% youngsters of jaw-dropping calibre, but plenty of adults ranging from enthusiastic amateurs like myself to pro musicians. Highly recommended!
Cheers,
Marion Lustig

Hush!

In light of the buzz around the joint the previous week, it was only reasonable to expect things to be a little quieter – and in that expectation, those of us who wandered into the Gold Street sheltered workshop at 4pm on the dot were not disappointed.

The afternoon would evidently start with three pianists and a saxophone… Izzo, Curtis, and meself, debating as to who should stuff the first stanza by playing drums. We opted for Curtis – Continue reading

From Marion & Sweet Ade

Here is some information about Sweet Ade’s forthcoming gig.

The band I lead, Sweet Ade, will be playing at Caulfield Park Bandstand March 5 from 2-3.30 pm.  This is a delightful outdoor venue at the historic bandstand. There will be free art activities for children. Bring a picnic rug and enjoy!

For those who haven’t heard us, we’re a lively, upbeat group with an colourful array of instruments –  recorders, ukuleles, clarinet, saxophones, piano accordion, washboard, drums, sousaphone, piano, banjo and vocals. The musicians for this gig will be: Marion Lustig, Peter Mason, Lisette Payet, Richard Opat, Joe Kenyon and Janet Arndt.  

We’ll be presenting an entertaining, interesting and eclectic program with creative arrangements of music ranging from the late 1800’s to the present day, balancing well-known tunes with little heard gems including early Australian jazz. 

Cheers,

Marion

Settle down

No sooner had I eased the corporate chariot into one and a half spaces, parking not being my strong suit, than I was greeted by the sight of young Nadira strolling somewhat purposefully towards the battered green door of the Gold Street Bebop Stop and Tea Roomes.

The Hobart chanteuse, possibly one of the better known singers in Lenah Valley, was urged on by a beaming Captain Chaos, who may have sat back and listened to a selection of swing tunes finely crafted, but not to the extent that he forgot to plan some disruptive fours for later on. Marion appeared a little lost on some of the rowdier numbers, and a little found on some of the others – another fine contribution. Continue reading

From Marion

Hi all,
Following a recent packed out CD launch, Marion Lustig’s band Sweet Ade is doing another gig at Open Studio, this one at the convenient time of 5-7 pm on Saturday, May 28.
Come along before dinner and grab a copy of our new CD, entitled Sweet Ade: Celebrating Ade Monsbourgh and the Recorder.
Bring your kids or grandkids, especially if they play the recorder.
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Best wishes,

Sweet Ade – 2 March

Sweet Ade plays at Caulfield Park bandstand Sunday, March 2,  2 – 3 pm  in a free concert commencing 2 pm.   Art and crafts for children, BYO picnic.  Marion Lustig (recorders), Janet Arndt (vocals), Richard Opat (drums/washboard), Peter Mason (reeds/ukelele), Lisette Payet (piano/ukelele/accordion), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone).
Cheers,
Marion

ps note the time change to 2-3pm!

Sweet Ade in Gippsland on Cup Day

Marion Lustig’s recorder led band, Sweet Ade, will be playing on Cup Day, Tuesday November 5 from 2 – 4.30 pm at Bass in Gippsland.

Gig details:

Bass Valley Community Centre, Bass School Rd., Bass, Entry $12.50. There will be a picnic and sausage sizzle in the park from 11.30 a.m., the op shop will be open and there will be a coffee cart on site.  There will be a break for the broadcast of the Cup.  Bass is one hour and 20 minutes’ drive from Melbourne.   Bookings: Roger Clark, P.O. Box 1084 Grantville 3984, phone 0403 025 429, or email clarkrg@primusonline.com.au

Sweet Ade is a recorder-led jazz band, “trad” but non-traditional. Inspired by the recorder playing of the late, great Australian multi-instrumentalist Ade Monsbrough, its eclectic repertoire includes early Australian jazz, ragtime and jazz standards.

 Musicians for the Cup Day gig will be: Marion Lustig (recorders), Peter Mason (clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophones, vocals, recorder), Lyn Thomas (piano), Clint Smith(banjo), Joe Kenyon (sousaphone), Richard Opat (washboard and drums), and Janet Arndt (vocals).

Cheers,
Marion