Wanted: vocalists and instrumentalists

Book a solo or duo spot backed by the house band of the Melbourne Music Performers at the next event. Vocal or instrumental, you choose the songs. If you need help finding charts, choosing keys or performing, we’ll help you.

Our next event is on Friday 2 September at Eira Café Lounge Bar, 1 Pryor St, Eltham.

Don’t leave it too long to request a spot or you might miss out!

Contact Kevin or Ann through the messaging system at:


Carruthers plays up…

“I don’t like it, Carruthers, its, its just too damned quiet….”

Carruthers has, apparently fixed that, and now the jams are almost too damned noisy instead. Last week saw a mixed bag of trophies pinned to the ancestral walls of the mouldering pile, and we will skip, figuratively, over the opening salvo – a piping hot set with Sam Izzo at the keys – and get to the guts of the matter, which was the sight of Il Duce twinkle toeing across the dance floor to tell the five, read it and weep, five saxaphones to shut the f*** up. Messrs Chaos, Cardinal Calamatta, Alan West, Tony and Laurie Savage were the guilty parties.


A piping hot set: Haircut, Savage, De Wang and Izzo – who departed after this, leaving the others to go downhill all afternoon Continue reading →

A Monday Night Jam Session – from Marek

A little note from the wonderful Marek Podstawek. I have given it a light edit, but this should really be read with a Polish accent. A Monday night Jam in Northcote sounds spiffin’, and if Marek recommends it, that is good enough for me


Hi guys

Please  please put to your list very very good professional jam session at the 303  in Northcote every first  and third Monday of the month, 7.30 start.

Please let all musicians and jazz musician about this great jam which is run by very good young musicians ex students from VCA  , Melbourne University and Monash University.

Standards is very high and very good but every kind of musician welcome even beginners no problem. These are a good people and good human with a passion of music that is why I recommended   –   again 303  Northcote    303 High st   every first and third Monday of the month  start 7 30


It is at

303 High Street, Northcote, Victoria, 3070

Phone: 03 9482 4577
General enquiries: info@303.net.au


So Who Goes to Jam Sessions these days?

One sometimes wonders. I wandered somewhat thirsty into the mouldering pile about ten minutes late last Sunday. Numbers have been down of late, but they are slowly climbing yet again, and any day now the self appointed elites will descend in numbers upon us, demand excessive playing time and generally make the rest of us look average. To which we have always aspired… Continue reading →

Some More Jam Session Terms explained

Part of an ongoing series of one.

Soloist: Can only play one instrument at a time, often quite badly. If talking to a soloist, make sure that you speak clearly, as they are often not good listeners, due to lack of practice. On no account should you mention the presence of a rhythm section, as this might startle them.

Saxophonist: a sub set of soloist. They cannot all put five beats to the bar in a 4/4 tune, but most of them are pretty good at it. Continue reading →