The Captain Chaos Session – it is on the move (again . . . )

This week, the inestimable Annie “Gorgeous in a blue frock” will be singing with Gentleman John Curtis at the pianola. Doug “Unflappable” Kuhn on bas and a fine band to boot.. but at the Leinster Arms instead of Ruby’s Music Room. A goodly turnout is the order of he day, what with FREE DRINKS being offered (at Bar prices).

Anne will be previewing her Castlemaine Jazz Festival programme, and you are all invited to come along, misbehave, cheer wildly and generally have a good time.

Should be a lot of fun, and as an added bonus I will be in Brisbane, so that’s all good!

Next week, there is no session at Ruby’s Music Room, as Rob will be chasing the burgeoning crowd from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival punters, all of whom will undoubtedly eschew the dubious allure of a variety of aged American Jazz greats who will be well past their use by dates and still charging like wounded bulls, whilst the rest of us will be having a good time at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival instead. What’s not to like?

Anne Hayres with Gentleman John Hayres, Doug Kuhn and the crew at The Leinster Arms, Friday evening from 6.00pm

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival: The Festival you started . . .

Only a week to go, and here’s how we stand.

The Festival organisers (Captain Chaos, John Hannah, and Linda Carpenter) have each put in over 500 hours of voluntary work to make this happen. I just waffle about in the background, because that is what I am good at. (or “. . . for”, I can’t decide which). The Festival is going to feature 125 hours of performance, from over 200 musicians, all of whom have donated their time, and put up the seed money to get it off the ground. And the biggest contributor of all has been the Melbourne Jazz Jammers.

Whether you are a muso who plays at the occasional jam, or your name is Marg, you owe it to yourself to boogey up the Calder and get a piece of the action – there will be 50+ bands over two days of non-stop music, in seven different venues, all of which are licensed.

Marg, Princess of Cool and Keeper of the List will be there – she started the Jazz Jammers when the old Dizzy’s closed and will be entirely to blame if it all goes tits up. Which it won’t, because when the Jammers do something, they do it well..

Be there!

The Gold Street Gossip Shop

Last Sunday’s a bit like the curate’s egg (those of you familiar with Punch magazine circa 1910 will know what I am talking about…

Last week’s jam session was a decidedly curious affair, with the now expected high standard of music, but a little thin on the ground. I always rather like these sessions, as it presages an upsurge in new talent coming along – highlights (for me, anyway) included an increasingly confident Tina on piano – if I can just con her into coming every week, she is going to real good, Fiona singing for the first time, and later Grace’s Mum, who had only popped in fore a drink being cajoled into giving it a go, and doing really well.

Grace (aged 6) was asked “Would you like to hear your Mum sing?” and, sensibly, answered “No” Despite this, a fine performance ensued, and another dream (“I’ve always wanted to sing in front of a band, but never had the nerve…) was fulfilled. I really love these moments, and I didn’t even have to trot out my-last-line-of-defence-killer-line (“Grace, if your Mum doesn’t sing, it is because she doesn’t really love you . . .”)

Well, she did sing, and we loved it…

Ruby’s Music Room, The Flying Eyelash is back…

Amy Jaulin is this week’s featured singer, and Friday night may well be the first time anyone has sung an Aleisha Keys song in Ruby’s. It may also be the last if we cock it up. Meself, Herr Alex (tenor sax), Ann Smith’s alter ego on drums, and Doug Kuhn on bass because we might need a real musician.

Last week, Annie Hayres sang so smooth I nearly slid of my chair – great night, but a thin crowd (they should eat more) and a good debut from Paul on sax.

So good, she is doing it all again next week…

Amy Jaulin at Ruby’s Music Room. Bennetts Lane from 6.00pm to 8.00pm Friday 23rd May.

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival: The Buzz gets louder . . .

Has now reached a stage where it looks like it might happen… much frantic work from Gentleman John Curtis on his mildly updated Babbage calculating machine has produced a programme that will offer something for everyone.

This week’s featured band isn’t a band, it is Ruby Rogers – check out the article on her in Forte magazine –

I particularly like the bit about “Growing up as a teenager” – always wondered what teenagers did…

Tickets for the Festival are shifting somewhat faster – you can still get them on the web – or buy them at the festival – at the Ray Bradfield Room which will be signposted as you come into Castlemaine from the Calder.

I really must do some work sometime…

The Lizard Lounge gets loud.. a short history lesson

Henry Ford famously said “History is bunk” and I, for one, have no clue what he was talking about. History, probably.

Sebastien, our loudest drummer, decided to break with tradition and played some smooth drums at a level which caused several glaziers in the front bar to contemplate a career change. And he swung beautifully, behind singers Chelly and Sonia. Decidely perverse, but he is French…

A relaxed Sunday Arvo, underpinned by Doug Kuhn and George on bass, a neat solo on Take The A Train from a pianist whose name I neglected to remember, Peter Cole ever improving on sax, and a fine effort at calling Fours from the Captain, who at least proved he could count to six…

This week, who knows – well you will if ya turn up, toon up and mangle a few . . .

Castlemaine Jazz Festival: The Buzz

The Committee will probably be brain dead by the time we get there, but we have now decided, on the basis of ticket sales to date, that the Festival is going to run at a profit. Strewth! If anyone has any ideas what to do the $3.56, do get in touch.

The rest of you had better buy a ticket soon

This week’s featured bands: shameless self promotion: The Amy Jaulin Quartet (Saturday) and Annie and The Captain’s Crew (Saturday and Sunday).

Tickets are $75 for a week end pass, and $40 for a day pass – under 18 and Concession card holders $35 for the weekend , and $20 for a daypass. Kids under 5, $250

I was kidding about the last bit.


Amy Jaulin, our favourite ditzy blonde