What’s happening at the VJC

SATURDAY 1ST FEBRUARYsaw a remarkable crowd fill the George Foster Room at the Clayton RSL to dance the night away to the compelling music of Steve Purcell and his Pearly Shells. Wherever there was a square meter of space – whether it be on the dance floor or in the aisles between the tables – people were enjoying all the great jazz, jive, swing and beebop being played by Steve and his talented crew. There were lots of very happy faces, and the
room was absolutely agog from 8pm to 11pm. When the last notes were played, there was still a very full dance floor – which is most unusual.
Steve will be back for a guest spot at the forthcoming Classic Jazz Party, details of which are listed below.

SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY – once again the room was full to overflowing – this time to hear the revival performance of that fabulous trad group of
yesteryear – The Creole Bells. Led by its original leader, Steve Wadell, and featuring musicians Bob Pattie, Doug Rawson, Mike Edwards, Alan Stott and Tony Orr, they produced 3 hours of the most genuine “trad jazz” you could hear anywhere. Some of the crowd present to hear them have not been seen at the Jazz Club for many years – and what a happy, fun night it was. Great stuff!

SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY – this evening gave everyone another wonderful taste of Rod Andrew’s Dixie Street jazz. A very comprehensive, and altogether different repertoire of top numbers of yesteryear were very competently delivered, and those present were given a “sneak peek” of an up and coming young vocalist from the Gippsland area – Ketzia Wood. This young lady has a remarkably seductive, husky voice and she delivered some great numbers to a very appreciative crowd.
A top night of jazz from a top band.

SATURDAY 1st MARCH – was a night that saw Andrew Nolte and his Orchestra gracing the stage at the Clayton RSL, and providing some great music from yesteryear
for the dancers to enjoy. Andrew has researched all the arrangements of the era, and the band are very loyal to that era of music. Dancers had a terrific evening of genuine 20s and 30s music.

SATURDAY 8th MARCH – was another night of top jazz entertainment provided by John Hawes and his Jazzbeans. With the great lineup of Chris Sommerville, piano, Harman Schweige, bass, graeme Davies, reed, Ron Sandilands drums, and Jordon Murray on trombone, John had wonderful backing for his excellent trumpet work.
The dancers kept the floor very busy all night, and congratulations are in order to John and his Jazzbean.

AT CLAYTON R.S.L. 163 Carinish Road, Clayton. (opp. Rlway Station)

This annual day of jazz is a popular event at which the Club has five different jazz bands, – all different genres of jazz – who perform for an hour
each during the day, with a gap of 5 minutes between each performance. This gives a wonderful continuous day of good jazz from top local musicians, and gives the dancers an opportunity to keep the floor in use! Bistro meals and snacks are available during the day, and there are always lots of great raffles, with excellent prizes, and door prizes etc., all contributing to the making of a fun annual jazz event.

This year the bands performing are as follows:

Ruby Page & Joe Ruberto
Paul Ingle’s New Orleans Connection
John Calamatta’s Jumpiun’ Jitta Bugs Quintet
Pearly Shells Quintet
Anita Harris & Friends.

Entry for the whole day of jazz is just $20 for VJC members, and $25 for non-members.
Tickets may be pre-purchased (saves waiting in a queue outside the RSL on the day!) and are available from 1st February by
contacting Marg Hendrie on 03 9553 3850, mobile 0413 318707 or email this website.