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


Tribute Video – John Bates

Please note the link below to a tribute video to John Bates.

It is hosted on Vimeo.

John Bates Tribute Video

Vale CJC Life Member, John Sharpe

Sadly, we advise that CJC Life Member, musician and jazz historian, John Sharpe, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 12th after a valiant two week battle in hospital. As many of you would know, John had struggled with a series of health issues following a stroke some two years ago and this latest battle was one he could not overcome.

A news article on John’s passing


2018 Jazz Cruise details

Dear CJC members

Diana Allen of Jazz Australia is organising her second jazz cruise and she has sent along information should any of us be interested. This cruise has just been released so she is advising people to book early.

Join Jazz Australia’s AUTUMN JAZZ CRUISE to the WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS and GREAT BARRIER REEF on the Sea Princess, April 21st – May 1st, 2018 from Sydney to Sydney.

Experience more than one of the great jazz cornet legends in history – not only Bob Barnard but Jim Cullum from the USA. Plus Stevenson’s Rockets Swing Quartet from Melbourne – Jo Stevenson, reeds; Stephen Grant, piano; Chris Ludowyk, bass & trombone; and Ian Smith, drums, washboard & vocals.

The allocation of cabins for Jazz Australia bookings is limited so Diana is urging people to move quickly to avoid disappointment.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Flyer – 2018 Jazz Cruise

CJC Committee

Vale Margaret Moriarty

Dear CJC members

It is with deep sadness that I advise of the passing this morning of our beloved Margaret Moriarty. She had an amazing constitution and she tried so hard to stay with us but it wasn’t to be. Margaret took great comfort from the fact that most of her extended family have visited in recent days and her two sons have been by her side this past week. She also wanted some jazz played at her funeral and some music, too, from her sons and that is being organised.

We have lost the grand dame of Canberra jazz today and she can never be replaced. Margaret had many and varied interests but her passion was the Jazz Club. We will all have our own memories of Margaret but my fondest memory will be of this inspiring little lady with membership forms in hand, scouting all the jazz gigs for potential new members. She was tireless about telling people of the wonderful benefits of belonging to our Club and her endless enthusiasm for the CJC has made it the Club it is today.

She had a great community spirit which extended to many years as a voluntary guide at the Australian War Memorial and memberships of the Naval Association, the Woden RSL sub-branch, the Friends of the Botanical Gardens, to name a few. Her love of reading kept her involved with a variety of book clubs over many years.

Margaret had a great rapport with people from all works of life and she has an amazing group of friends and acquaintances. Her passing will no doubt be felt far and wide.

God bless you Margaret.

I will advise everyone when funeral details are known.

Linda Wiese

Canberra Blues Society Gig Guide

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