Dear CJC members
Just an update to the bus details for the annual ‘Great Jazz Safari’ to the Southern Highlands on Sunday 26 May.
You’ve read about it in the latest newsletter and as you know, this year’s venue is the Highlands Golf Club, Hume Hwy, Mittagong. This is a first for us all after many years at Robertson, and Berrima before that until we outgrew the venue, but by all accounts, we are in for another great day out. The really good news is that Mittagong is a little closer to Canberra than Robertson so we won’t need the usual 8.30am start on a cold Canberra morning.
Instead, our bus will depart from Southern Cross Club, Woden at 9.15am (sharp) and collect from Southwell Park at around 9.30am. We will be travelling directly to Mittagong and our aim is to arrive at around 11.45am for those who may want to meet us there. The venue sits around 200 and there’s usually around 140 of us so we should have no problems with seating but it would be useful to know if you are intending to be there – note the $5 door charge.
For our new members, expect 3 hours of great traditional jazz and the company of a fun–loving crowd of fellow jazz lovers determined to have a good time. The jazz is always the best and this year is no exception. The much–in–demand Geoff Power (cornet, trombone, tuba, vocals) will lead a very talented band. Ben Jones on tenor sax currently leads his own popular group, ‘The Ben Jones Quintet’, which comprises some of Sydney’s finest young trad musicians. Ben is Patron of the Dubbo Jazz Club & this year’s artistic advisor for the Dubbo Jazz Festival. Legendary jazz bassist, Darcy Wright has played & recorded with many of Australia’s jazz greats. Pianist Frank Watts – well, a quote from the Bridge City Jazz Band’s website reads: You always need a good pianist and Frank Watts is one of the best…he’s with us again..on ya Frank! Rounding out the quintet is the ever popular drummer, Lawrie Thompson.
The host Club, which this year is Sydney, will also run the usual fund–raising raffle to assist with costs.
The price for the bus will be $25 which includes the $5 door charge. I will be at ‘Jazz at Jamison’ this Sunday so you can catch me then for a booking – note, payment with your booking is preferred.
Dont forget you can book online here – click Payments. Make sure you include Great Jazz Safari and your name(s) in the Description.
I know I said this last email but your Committee hopes to see a big crowd at Southern Cross Club, Jamison this Sunday to support the special appearance of ‘Vintage Quine’, playing for the first time in Canberra.
Yours in jazz