Another British Trad Jazzman Leaves Us

Tributes are flooding in to his home in Pensford, Somerset for Acker Bilk, clarinettist, band leader, composer, singer, artist and general ‘acker’ (mate) to many jazz musicians and fans. He passed over at 2pm at the Royal Bath Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Jazz musican Acker Bilk

Born Bernard Bilk, he was one of the mainstays of the early British trad revivalist movement in the 50s.

“He was 85, age had just caught up with him. He was in some pain from different things that were going wrong” says his friend and manager, Pamela Sutton.

“He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000 but recovered and continued to play concerts, the last of which was at the Brecon Festival in August last year” she said. In 2001 he was awarded an MBE in 2001 for services to the music industry.

Acker follows Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Ball, Terry Lightfoot, John Dankworth,
and Ian Christie (all in their eighties) and one can only imagine their shenanigans and jam sessions they’re having now in heaven.

Vale Acker.

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz November Newsletter 23

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter - Issue 23 - November 2014Greetings Friends of Jazz:
In your November newsletter you’ll find:

  • results of October visit of the CQU Mackay Con;
  • Christmas Party Nov.23rd (date change)
  • New community radio station
  • Alberta Hunter video
  • Local jazz gigs
  • Usual jazz jokes and jollies.

Kind regards and thanks for your support.

On behalf of the committee, Valerie, Cate & Judy
Bundaberg Friends of Jazz

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter 23 November 2014

Red Ochre Earth + Green Cane = Black Molasses, White Sugar

Bundaberg celebrates the sugar-crushing season with its famous Crush Festival – a feast of artistic endeavours from all sources of the region. ‘Sunday at the Palace’ featured a relaxing lunch in the shady courtyard of the Palace Hotel, Childers, with entertainment by the Jazz Factory from Noosa Heads in Queensland.

The Jazz Factory from Noosa Heads

Jazz Factory: Richard Stevens, Ian Denovan, Paul Williams, and Greg Garrett.

The Jazz Factory

The Jazz Factory playing at the Palace Hotel, Childers

Crowd at Palace Hotel, Childers

The crowd enjoying the band at Palace Hotel, Childers

The Jazz Factory are:
Richard Stevens: Sousaphone/leader.
Ian Denovan Trumpet/Cornet/vocal
Paul Williams Trombone/Clarinet/Tenor sax
Greg Garrett: Banjo/Guitar/vocal

Learn more about the Crush Festival on their website: www.crushfestivalqld.com.au

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz October Newsletter 22

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter - Issue 22 - October 2014Greetings, Jazz-lovers!
It’s good news in your October Newsletter -please open 3 pages to see:

  • News and photos: October’s visiting band from Mackay;
  • Review of our September capacity gig;
  • Tribute to the late Ray Peek; Radio Jazz; about Storyville;
  • jazz goss and giggles plus video links.

Download the October Newsletter

…stay in touch – “the best is yet to come…”

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz September Newsletter 21

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter - Issue 21 - September 2014Greetings Jazz lovers:
Please open your newsletter for some great news about jazz in Bundaberg:

  • August’s successful Paul Hendon’s Goodman Sextet;
  • September’s local talent;
  • November’s Christmas Party;
  • Jazz Radio times;
  • Farewell Phil, and
  • a lovely video link to Laurindo Almeida.

Thanks to your wonderful support we are all helping to keep live jazz alive in Bundaberg !

“it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing !”

Download: Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter – Issue 21 – September 2014

“Swing Into Spring” with Paul Hendon’s Goodman Quintet

Paul Hendon's Goodman flierThe joint will be jumping when Sydney jazz musician Glenn Henrich features on vibraphone with Paul Hendon’s “Goodman Quintet” for their tour of South-East Queensland later this month.

Whether you are a jazz aficionado or not, you can’t help tapping your feet to the infectious swinging melodies and rhythms of this exciting combo.

Featuring some of the finest jazz exponents from around South-East Queensland, their music pays homage to the enduring appeal of the Benny Goodman groups of the swing era.

Paul Hendon leads on clarinet, Glenn Henrich vibes, Jo Bloomfield piano, with Marsh Robinson on double bass and Dave McCallum drums.

Paul Hendon's Goodman Quintet

Paul Hendon (clarinet) with members of the ‘Goodman Group’

The combination of clarinet and vibes is a unique sound made famous in the 1930’s by the ‘King of Swing’ – Benny Goodman’s clarinet and Lionel Hampton’s vibraphone, combined with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa.

You can catch the excitement at:

TOOWOOMBA JAZZ SOCIETY
Friday 29th Aug. 7.30pm at The North Toowoomba Bowls Club

HERVEY BAY JAZZ CLUB
Saturday 30th Aug. 7.30pm The Hervey Bay Hotel Vernon Room

BUNDABERG FRIENDS OF JAZZ
Sunday 31st Aug. 1.30pm The Railway Hotel Function Room, 87 Perry St. N.Bundaberg. Bookings preferred: ph. 4159 7996

You can always visit the Coming Soon page any time to find out about upcoming gigs.

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz August Newsletter 20

Greetings Jazz-lovers!

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter - Issue 20 - August 2014Here is our August Newsletter with a rave of our July event; news of a plethora of live festivals as well as the fast-approaching Australian Convention; – see their great website!  On page 3 is a poster for forwarding on to other jazz friends, Radio Jazz Broadcasts; Art Tatum, the vision impaired pianist – his video link;
…and exciting news of forthcoming events!

Stay tuned…the best is yet to come…keep swinging !

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter – Issue 20 – August 2014

Why I’m Glad I Live in Bundaberg: “…where everything old is new again…”

I refer to the beautiful heritage buildings in our C.B.D. Built by pioneers, they remind us of an earlier era of strength and solidarity with imposing beauty and workmanship.

Walking on Quay and Bourbon Streets, just tilt your head to see ornate fascia panels above modern shopfronts. Painted in heritage colours, carved scrollwork, sheafs and inscriptions survive from the time of settlement of the city, adding to its beauty.

School of Arts building

The School of Arts building

The School of Arts, built in 1888, now in use as Bundaberg Regional Council offices, has meeting rooms and a mezzanine perfect for art displays and demonstrations. Peek in the double front doors and your eye is taken directly to a sweeping curved timber staircase leading to an upper floor.

School of Arts Starcase

The curved staircase inside the School of Arts building

The grand old Post Office whose clock tower overlooks the main thoroughfare of Bourbon Street continues to be the busy central point for all-comers.

Bundaberg Post Office

The Bundaberg Post Office

In Quay Street, the Regional Art Gallery began life as the original Customs House; the Union and the National Queensland Banks built in 1887 still retain their historic features. Visitors express their admiration and comment on how clean and well-maintained are these and many other old buildings.

While there is plenty of progress with new highways and buildings, I trust we will continue to preserve and cherish our heritage icons.

“…where everything old is new again…”

Photos of Bundaberg by Vintuitive