Bundaberg Friends of Jazz: August Newsletter 31

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz August Newsletter 31

Greetings, Jazz enthusiasts:
What a wonderful afternoon we had with Johnny Nicol and the Alan Burge Trio!
Read all about it in the attached newsletter, plus news of our August event, and the passing of Bob Smith, Bundaberg’s well-loved jazz drummer.

A sparse newsletter this month due to PC problems, but will make up for it later.

Download the Bundaberg Friends of Jazz August Newsletter 31

Also visit our Facebook – Bundaberg Jazz Club.

Keep safe and warm.

Special welcome to our new ‘friends of jazz’ “You came along …from out of nowhere…”

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz July Newsletter 30

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz July Newsletter 30Greetings Jazz enthusiasts!
Please open July Jazz Waves for news of Evie Pikler’s sparkling performance to a capacity audience;

  • Forthcoming events;
  • Fathers Day Raffle;
  • Page 2 – Poster for Johnny Nicol
Evie Pikler and trio

Evie Pikler and trio: Steve Wright on drums, Alan Burge on bass, and Clive Moorhead on piano

Bundaberg Jazz Club meets on the last Sunday afternoon of every month at the Railway Hotel.

You can also find us on Facebook: Bundaberg Jazz Club

Apologies for late issue – photos coming soon.

This Winter, don’t forget – “Doctor Jazz – he has what you need – you know he has……”

Keep swinging!

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz June Newsletter 29

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz June Newsletter 29
Greetings good Jazz Friends – Please download the Bundaberg Friends of Jazz June Newsletter 29 for Jazz news;

  • Next month’s event – Evie Pikler and Alan Burge Trio;
  • Report from Shalom’s visit to “Generations in Jazz”;
  • Info on instruments: Trumpet and Sarussophone;
  • Videos to watch;
  • Jokes to amuse;
  • Page 2 Poster – please “Forward” to jazz friends or Print and display in your circles;

Like us on Facebook Bundaberg Jazz Club

Have you attended one of our gigs in the past? We’d love to get a review from you on our Facebook page: Bundaberg Jazz Club

“Keep warm; Keep Swinging; Keep Laughing and enjoy life.”

Doug Dobell’s Music Store, London

News of last month’s Music Festival celebrating ‘Record Store Day’ in London put me in a mood of reverie today after playing ‘Jazz Me Blues’ by Eddie Condon on Encore 96.3fm. I’m wondering what happened to our good friend from so many years past – Johnny Kendall.

John was manager of the Secondhand Record Department of Doug Dobell’s Music Shop in London’s Charing Cross Road in the ‘50s, but in his usual self-effacing way always referred to himself as “the secondhand manager”. The title seemed to match his well-worn hooded duffle coat with the baggy pockets – the unofficial uniform of all trad fans in those days.

He played trombone and my husband Terry played trumpet when they first met in the ‘Marsh Street Stompers’. I recall the time I cleaned and polished up his old battered trombone for him. He was so delighted that he immediately varnished it and stood it on his bedroom windowsill to dry. Unfortunately his mother’s curtains brushed against it in the breeze, and he acquired “the only chenille covered trombone in the world”!


Terry & John Kendall

Terry on trumpet with John Kendall on trombone


John was a fount of information about the jazz world; he made many trips to the US and brought back lots of LPs which we’d listen to intently, sat on the floor around his record player watching every revolution of the disc and lapping up every riff, lick and break coming from it. John would pre-empt certain phrases, excitedly pointing them out to us with an uplifted finger and a huge joyous beam breaking across his face. Every Christmas he’d receive a card from Eddie Condon.

He married Teresa, who photographed our wedding, and we lost touch when we left London for the sunnier climes of Australia.
 Some small news has filtered through to us – that John died and Teresa married John Chilton – I recall a gig in Queensland in the 80’s by George Melly and the “John Chilton Feetwarmers”. When we went backstage to talk with George, it never occurred to us then that Teresa may have been with them on that tour.

We’ve never known what happened to John, but according to the many comments about him in the record shop memoirs he proved a very popular ambassador for jazz in London and a great salesman for secondhand jazz records.

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz May Newsletter 28

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz May Newsletter 28 Cover‘Bundaberg Jazz Waves’ – May edition out now:

  • “Generations in Jazz”
  • Next month’s gig;
  • Poster to forward to friends;
  • May jazz birthdays; video,
  • News of festivals and jazz events;
  • Local jazz interest.

Stay well, travel safely, and …keep swinging!!

“… the best is yet to come, won’t it be f-i-i-ine !”

Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter 28 May 2015 (right-click & choose ‘save as’).

Bundaberg Friends of Jazz March Newsletter 26

March Newsletter 25 CoverGreetings Jazz fans!

Please open your steaming hot, brand-new one-page newsletter for March: Bundaberg Jazz Waves Newsletter 26 March 2015 (right-click & choose ‘save as’).

Inside you’ll find:

  • Revelations about “Swing Alive”
  • Tension building for “A Touch of Blue” (See the ‘Coming Soon’ page for the flier)
  • Video of “Mumbles”
  • Radio Days

Thanks everyone, keep swinging –  “..the best is yet to come …..”