Dear CJC members

Our “stars of the airwaves”, CJC members John Girdlestone & Cyril Monaghan, have prepared a tribute radio program to the late John Sharpe. John & Cyril are hoping people can find the time to listen in to their program “Jazz Odyssey” on Tuesday 8 August at 11.30am or the repeat program on Saturday 12 August at 7.30pm. Radio1RPH is broadcast on AM 1125.

Yours in jazz
CJC Committee


Tune in to Radio Station 1RPH at 11.30am Tuesday 8 August (repeated 7.30pm Saturday 12 August) for a special Jazz Odyssey Program tribute to John Sharpe, who made a huge contribution to Canberra and Australian jazz and who passed away on 12 July. The tribute summarises his jazz career and features seven tunes selected from recordings that he made from 1969 – 2000.

John was the leader and trombonist of the legendary Fortified Few from 1969-1983 and continued playing gigs such as a few special re-convenings of the Fortified Few, Sharpie’s Blunt Instruments at jazz festivals and filling in for various Canberra bands.

He was the Chair of the Australian Jazz Archive National Council during which he interviewed most of the significant Australian jazz players of all styles and thus created oral histories for posterity. He wrote two books based on those oral histories and also a book on the history of Canberra Jazz. He was a life member of both the Canberra Jazz Club and the Canberra City Band.