What’s On, Where, Who, Why

Rubys Music Room: The Captain Chaos Sessions

The Friday session this week features the inestimably bright and bubbly Ruby Rogers, with her regular swing line up of Doug Kuhn (bass), Captain Chaos (saxaphone), Dean Constable (g’day Shorty) and meself on piano.

All havin’ a good time, and we hope you can be there to join in.

Ruby’s Music Room, Bennett’s Lane, Friday 28th February, 5.30 – 8.30. Free entry.

Next week…. Risa Khodani, Kyoto’s answer to a question we haven’t yet thought of.

The Leinster Arms: QLD

The Gold Street Gossip Shop has been going off, of late. This one took a while to get going, and was decidedly off on occasion – a quieter session than usual but some roses amongst the thorns as ever. Hortense, who has of late, been barely visible, if at all, was barely visible. But I am unreliably informed that she might have been there, and as I couldn’t see that she wasn’t, must assume that to be the case.

She and Madge have taken to hanging about the combination Altona West bus shelter and Revivalist Meeting Hall of an evening. Hortense is beginning to think that Rotten Ronnie Junior will never show up, Madge the meanwhile remaining firmly seated, with a satisfied grin on her face.

If he ever gets found out, Rotten Ronnie will flatly deny everything.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the jam session… nice little interlude from Logan, fresh from the Land of the Long White Cloud (drummer). Restrained elegant session from Monsieur Sebastien. The Divine Miss Smith turned up late. Noel dropped in. Bishop Bennett, possibly awaiting the red cap now the monstrous Pell has gone to Rome to count shekels or something, played guitar and bass, Mr T alternated, Chelly turned up and didn’t sing. Kay turned up and did.

And we all played the usual rubbish, followed by the unusual rubbish, followed probably by more of the usual rubbish. Time to lean on the bar and have a Quiet Little Drink. “Twas all fun, but.

See ya this week?


The Castlemaine Jazz Festival June 7th and 8th 2014

So far, 25 bands have registered an interest, including Marek and the Arachnids, Sevil Sabah, the Divine Miss Smith, Stan Van H and the boys. And You?


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True or False

This week the quiz requires the exercise of careful judgment. The task is to assess whether a given proposition is true or correct, I mean  false!

Sochi and Jazz Jams – some similarities

1. They all look so young!

2. No face-plants here!

3. Triumph of style over competence.

4. The going is a bit mushy and slushy here and there.

5. Putin is not Il Duce.

6. Falling off the bar stool is not quite the half-pipe.


Castlemaine Jazz Jammers

Hello Mainstream Jazz Jammers,

We are fortunate to have Maggie Jackson as our featured artist on Sunday 2 March at The Comma, cnr Forest and Hargraves Streets, Castlemaine, 3.30pm start.

She will perform the opening set with bassist Doug Kuhn and drummer Geoff Sayer. Then it’s the usual deal — singers and instrumentalists put their names on the whiteboard to get up and have a blow.

Maggie is an accomplished pianist and vocalist who has appeared at The Hilton, the Regent Hotel, the Castlemaine Festival and at many other venues, festivals and special occasions.

She began performing in childhood with the O’Dowd Family Show Band, led by her parents. The band produced two albums, appeared in television specials, did concerts in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens and the Myer Music Bowl, and performed all over Australia. It played for all occasions, from big events to country balls and weddings.

As a solo artist, Maggie has made seven albums and is in demand for family gatherings, concerts and corporate functions.

Check out her website:  www.maggiejackson.com

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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).

ps note the time change to 2-3pm!

Jazz on Main

Hi live music enthusiasts,

We had a sensational start to the year with ‘Kunjani’ with a full house.! Friday Feb 28th we are thrilled to welcome Le Toot Ensemble, an incredible Ensemble that will amaze you with their musicalilty , entertainment and humour. They are FAB!!!!

March JoM will not be happening due to Inverloch Jazz Festival occuring on the 1st Friday of the month . April we will be back to the 1st Friday again.
Just call me if I have confused anyone ! 0411342337 !

Anyone on Facebook can ‘like’ my ‘Jazz on Main’ page and be kept up to date that way as well!
Lets keep live music happening in the outer east

Love Jan

JAZZ on Main (usually 1st Frid of month)
1st Floor
106 Main St
Lilydale ,( just over r/way line heading to yarra valley)
$15pp, lounge environment, dance floor, coffee and biscuits incl.