Captain Chaos and the Chaos Quartet spread the lurv

It’s true, the Captain has found a venue that hasn’t heard of us, and we’ve suckered Nurul Rahman into singing a full set, from 5.30 this Friday, at the Golden Age Hotel, corner of King Street and Little Lonsdale. Don’t bother coming, there is stuff all parking for about three gazillion miles in any direction. The general idea (if we had one, which we probably don’t) is that we will put in a slowly rotating band for the evening, with a different guest singer (a guessed singer? aghast singer? whatever, you decide) each week until the venue gets sick of us. Anyone with any ideas for about three weeks from now?
If this doesn’t go according to plan, and we find we have to keep doing it, the idea (that makes two in one week . . . ) is to gradually introduce other guest musos into the mix.

This Friday Night 28th Oct

A “limited” jam session will be held at the Golden Age corner of King Street and Little Lonsdale Street in the City. 5.30 to 10.00pm on Friday nights.
Cheap paid parking to 6.30pm should be available in Adderly Street (off Latrobe behind the Remand Center). Only a short walk to the Golden Age. All other street parking will be until 8.30pm and over $4.00 an hour.
Each week will feature a house band of invited players with some facility for sit ins.


Australians are known as a generous people, as evidenced by sharing out our elderly Australian Queen. She is doing yet another whistlestop tour before departing for the sixteenth time for foreign shores. Of course, the reason Brenda Battenberg spends so much time away from Australia is that she is, as far as one can tell, a homeless person here, who just manages to scrape by on endless tea and bikkies with the likes of Julia and Tony, and the occasional night off in Yarralumla.

Actually, she doesn’t even have a visa, or a passport. I for one was quite surprised when the authorities turned a blind eye as her little launch approached the shores of Lake Burley Griffin the other day. Don’t we lock people up for that sort of thing? None of this would worry Phil the Greek, of course. He has been tagging along behind Brenda’s foibles, hats and handbags for years – a stoic effort leavened only by the fact that he was fully gaga years ago, and can now get no worse.

Which brings me neatly to the Sunday Arvo jam session . . .

Just about everyone turned up on Sunday, other than the aforementioned Phil and Brenda, who probably forgot to pack their banjo, tissue paper and best comb before they left anyway. Otherwise, . . . keep reading

What we are listening to . . . Gonzalo Rubalcaba

 “Fé . . . Faith the first release in Mr. Rubalcaba’s 5Passion label. It’s an album of exquisite touch: Mr. Rubalcaba, who lives in south Florida, is a product of Cuba’s elite musical conservatory, and his classical training has never left him. Beautifully recorded, it begins in a kind of cathedral stillness – Mr. Rubalcaba didn’t come by its title casually – and slowly warms to its own premise.

There are crisp, exploratory essays based on themes by John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis with Bill Evans. There are silvery originals inspired by Cuban batá drumming, and by each of Mr, Rubalcaba’s three children.”

This is an extract from a review was sent to me by a friend. The review is by Nate Chinen from The New York Times, of July 3, 2011.

The CD includes two versions of Blue in Green the Miles/Bill Evans composition. The CD is worth the price for these alone. Gonzalo Rubalcaba (pictured left) can be heard at Amazon where you can play all of this album or alternatively on You Tube at

or while playing the fabulous Bosendorfer piano enjoy your listening. RM

From Geoff Whitelaw:

hi Rob, great to meet you at Dizzys jam last Saturday afternoon. I have been listening to and supporting live jazz for over 50 years, trad in the1950s and early modern about 1960 down in St Kilda.

I was pleased to see Dizzys start up their jam session again particularly as Guildford Lane had to finish. I supported the jams at Dizzys in the Post Office and then was one of the originals when Marg started her email list. I was part of a social network group then and also used to advise others of gigs I enjoyed.

Each week I see some live jazz, mainly at free venues and regularly go to The Commune on Thursdays where I have dinner with my partner spending about $50-60. Other places I frequent are Dogs Bar, Claypots, Rising Sun Hotel, Leinster Arms and many others occasionally.

It was disappointing to see such a small crowd at Dizzys as the quality was great. I was a bit annoyed when my partner (who could not get there earlier) got charged the $5 cover charge at 6pm with only half an hour to go on a jam, particularly after being told it went for another hour. She decided not to buy a drink in protest. We would have gone to Grumpy’s Green in Fitzroy to hear The Great Bradbury’s if we’d known. Great gig at the Leinster on Sunday.


From Noel:

I have yet to see/hear ANY big band (local or otherwise) feature a sax section that does a “Supersax” chorus entirely from memory . . . and it’s no fluke, if you want to go further and check out their take on Four. This band is uniformly good across all sections! And they seem to be enjoying their work at the same time? Don’t miss it!

the Youtube link is


What Fabulous Sessions . . .

From Margaret: What fabulous sessions we have had these last few weeks! With visits from our international friends including Monica and Jaci from Spain, Carmen, Xavier from Mumbai and their Melbourne sons Brubeck and Shad, and Barbara and Peter from Dusseldorf. A fabulous community of people joining together to enjoy the music, the friendship and the opportunity to share their music with other Melbourne Jazz Jammers. Welcome!