Soirée Musique – Melbourne Music Performers, Friday 27th June, 2014

Soirée Musique @ Francesca’s.

What a great night with the Melbourne Music Performers (meet-up group) it was packed full of energy.

It’s always such a great event, nice to see Kerrie have a go in open mic – she was great, then there is Manny & Jeff – always ready to play some great tunes, wonderful to have Sevil as an invited artist this month – everyone enjoyed her performances, Mike on keys with a couple of groovy tunes and Tony with a few originals and the rest, Charlie singing our favorite tunes, and everyone else who joined in the open jams (Tiina,Marlene).

The House Band works really hard (thanks – Kevin,Tony,Stan & Paul) you all keep the music tight which makes the night so good. Lots of positive comments, loads of dancing, and a BIG thank you to everyone at  Francesca’s who support the meet-up.

Next event is Friday 25th July – See you then.

Jazz Notes @ Ringwood RSL with Pippa Wilson – Saturday 21st June

A fantastic night at the Ringwood RSLjazz notes.

Great music, lovely audience offering plenty of enthusiastic interaction and some dancing too.  It was so nice to have Pippa join Jazz Notes for this special event, she is loads of fun.

I am lucky to have such a supportive family, my father SONY DSCJohn – always such good suggestions, my beautiful children Ashley and Justin for coming and helping on the evening.  My musical supporters who went to the effort to book tables and send lovely messages of support, and my lovely Jazz Note friends.  I am certainly privileged to be involved with such lovely musicians and their families.

Organizing this event was hard work but it was certainly worth it.  We’re doing it again at Burrinja in August – Can’t wait for that!


Jazz Notes @ Burrinja Café – Sunday 15th June, 2014

We had a lovely afternoon at Burrinja Café.jazz notes

We were joined by Juliane and Sevil so our trio grew just slightly.  Great atmosphere and loads of support from the very appreciaSONY DSCtive audience.




Juliane Pasternak (vocals)
Sevil Sabah (vocals)
Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)
David Taylor (bass)




Photos courtesy – Marion Blazé


Castlemaine JaZZ Festival 7-8 June 2014

I was very happy to be able to attend this Jazz Festival.  It was the first jazz festival for Castlemaine, first time I had been ttrad jazz crowdhere too.

Lots of work was put in by the organizers and there were so many great bands, different styles of jazz, and it all came together brilliantly, a wonderful weekend was had by all.


Friday night at the Comma – there was an organized Jam.  Great fun, met some really nice people who I saw many times over the weekend.

Saturday started with me playing with my “traditiojam at the commanal jazz” friends from the band – Hanshaw Sandwich, we played in the Cumberland, I think they expected a small audience but in the end opened the room up as there wasn’t even standing room.  It was great fun.  I got to watch a few bands until my next spot with the BlueTone Jazz Band at the New Northern – that was great fun too.  bluetone at castlemaine



Headed back to the Cumberland for a unplanned set with Kevin as one of the Two Bees.  I called myself a Wanna-Bee, Smiley-Face, it was WANNABE1a really lovely set, had a few extras join us, had the audience in a trance at one point – that means it must have been good! WANNABE2




Then we raced over to the Public Inn to play as Jazz Notes with the lovely Luella McCoJAZZ NOTES PUBLIC3rmack singing so beautifully.





Another dash back to the Cumberland for the last set of the night with Jazz Notes, this time a quieter set – and the audience just loved it.

Sunday started off busy for me – Played with Standing Tall at the STANDINGTALL1Comma – that was fun, then back to the Cumberland for the Hanshaw Sandwich, watched some great bands in the afternoon before finding my way to the Bridge for the final set with Jazz Notes – lovely.


Then the manic rush to get back into town to be a Wanna-bee (or Two Bee).  That was a relaxing and most enjoyable set.WANNABE RUNRABBIT


WANNABE RUNRABBIT2Had a chance to catch my friends “The Opportunists” before I made my way, through the night to the outskirts of town, where I would play my last two sets at LOT 19 with Standing Tall and the Blue Tone Jazz Band – I really deserved a drink after that!

It was a wonderful musical & JaZzy weekend, loved every bit of it and am looking forward to the next Castlemaine Jazz Festival in 2015.

It was also so nice to meet so many friendly locals and new musical friends along the way.

Thanks to Marion for taking all these terrific photos 🙂