Jazz in concert at the village Wed Nov 1

Hello Jazz at the Village supporters

It was great to see such an impressive roll-up for Tom Fell Sextet’s Tribute to Charles Mingus last night. I forgot to mention that, in my opinion, the three mandatory Mingus albums to acquire are Mingus Ah Um, Mingus Dynasty and Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus.

Owing to circumstances beyond my control, but congenial nevertheless, is the fact that it’s less than a fortnight to the Gary France Ensemble’s Tribute to Cal Tjader, a seven-piece celebration of Latin-American jazz (partly sponsored by Groove Warehouse). Please book with me ASAP at this address. It’s going to be another memorable night. Check the personnel on the poster.

If you plan to eat the optimum time to arrive is probably around 6.30 and the music will start at 7.30. Food is available from several outlets just outside the concert hall from 6pm. Food and drinks (from the bar) can be brought in.

Admission is still $22/$15 conc/ANU student cardholders $10.

All the best


jazz in concert at the village wed nov 1 gary france ensemble’s tribute to cal tjader, master of latin-american jazz

Geoff Page

8/40 Leahy Close
Narrabundah ACT 2604
+61 2 6239 4027
0400 800 340

IN FULL SWING plays for the Canberra Jazz Club

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 1pm

Harmonie German Club

49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah.

Tickets $10 at the door


The Canberra Jazz Club’s annual big band concert this year features Canberra’s premier big band, IN FULL SWING. This dynamic and hugely popular band delivers swing jazz with sophistication and flair! Music ranges from the big band era of the 1930s and ’40s, through to contemporary funk, rock and Latin. Talented male and female vocalists complete the ensemble.


The band plays from 1pm – 4pm. Whether you sit back and enjoy the vibrant big band sound, or take a turn or two on the dance floor, this will be a great musical afternoon.


Doors open 12 noon. Lunch is available from 12pm – 2pm.


The Parlour Social – Sunday OCT 8

Canberra Jazz Club is thrilled to welcome local ragtime & stride pianist Robbie Mann and his band, The Parlour Social, to a “Jazz at Jamison” session Sunday 8 October 2017, commencing at 1pm.

Robbie has expanded his usual quartet to a seven-piece ensemble and he tells us this Dixieland trad band will have us jumping in our seats. He also promises some fun along the way as he takes some Classical masterpieces and gives them a ragtime rhythm.

Event is free. Lunch is available from 12pm.

Classic Motor Cycles + Distinguished Gentlemen + Trad

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride in support of Prostate Cancer, Suicide Prevention and Men’s Mental Health kicked off on Sunday morning – check out the Video!

There a a few Pics on the Photos Gallery

Attention all Musos…

A thoughtful and useful  article on What to where at Jazz Gigs

From Geoff Page – FYI

Hello Jazz in Concert at the Village supporters

It’s now just less than a month to the next Jazz in Concert at the Village (Wed Sep 6) featuring local piano legends, Wayne Kelly and Damien Slingsby paying tribute to the great jazz composer and improviser, Thelonious Monk (1917 – 1982). They’ll play, separately and sometimes together, a program of Monk compositions accompanied by Ben O’Loghlin (bass) and Mark Sutton (drums).

Some words from Wayne: ‘To be asked to perform for the hundredth anniversary Monk’s birth and play his unique compositions is an honor and privilege, a delight and a blessing for me, I’m very excited about this concert and am looking forward to be playing with my longtime friends Mark Sutton (drums) and Ben O’Loghlin (bass), Damien Slingsby will be the other pianist. In addition, Damien and I will play some duets and some solo piano Monk tunes. We’re delighted to embark on this adventure into the world of Monk!!!’

It’s going to be an excellent night, the third at our new venue. If you plan to eat the optimum time to arrive is probably around 6.30 and the music will start at 7.30. Food is available from several outlets just outside the concert hall from 6pm. Food and drinks (from the bar) can be brought in.

Please book by emailing me at this address and say if you want to book a separate table or join my tables up the front. There will also be a few armchairs in the front row (first in, first served).

Admission is still $22. Located on the left of the Street Theatre.

Remaining 2017 Concerts at the Village (note: they’re either on the first Wed or the second Tues).

Tues Oct 10 Tom Fell Sextet — Tribute to Charles Mingus (SYD/CBR)
Wed Nov 1 Gary France Quartet — Tribute to Cal Tjader (CBR)
Wed Dec 6 John Mackey Quartet — John Coltrane: Fifty Years On (CBR/SYD)

Geoff Page

8/40 Leahy Close
Narrabundah ACT 2604
+61 2 6239 4027
0400 800 340

Bits and Pieces

Dear CJC members

Some bits and pieces for your information.

First up, our AGM is done and dusted for another year. All Committee members were returned unopposed. Jenny Madden is staying on as a general Committee member, however, she has relinquished her role as Membership Secretary. Many thanks to Committee member Esme Bracken for offering to take on the job. Garry Owen will continue with his webmaster duties. There was some good news for Secretary Linda Wiese – she has been awarded Life Membership.

Some of our members have booked a jazz cruise in 2018 with Jazz Australia. The retirement of Bob Barnard has meant some changes to the music line-up as detailed on the attached flyer. Co-ordinator Diana Allen has passed along that the cruise is almost full but that she has a few good spots left if anyone is still interested.

Flyer 2018 Jazz Cruise

Yours in jazz
CJC Committee

Latest Club Magazine is out

As usual, in the links to the right, or Click Here

Radio tribute to the late John Sharpe this Tue 8 August 2017

Dear CJC members

Our “stars of the airwaves”, CJC members John Girdlestone & Cyril Monaghan, presented a tribute radio program to the late John Sharpe.

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.

You can hear a recording of that radio broadcast by Clicking Here


Jazz in Concert at the Village – Tuesday Aug 8th

Jazz in Concert at the Village / Tues Aug 8 / featuring Ross Clarke Quartet (CBR):

A Night of Soul Piano + other gigs of interest (one tonight, wed)