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