On Sunday 20th September the third in the VJC’s series of “Tribute to the Doyens of Jazz” was held at the Clayton RSL.. Musicians honored on this occasion, in alphabetical order were: Ross Anderson, Des Camm, Hugh d’Rosayro, John Morrison, Alan Richards and Bob Whetstone.
These musicians, together with their nominated family members and friends, were treated to a dinner accompanied by an award presentation in appreciation of the amount of pleasure they have given over the years to Melbourne jazz lovers.
Hugh d’Rosayro and Des Camm were unable to attend at the last minute, but their awards were received on their behalf by Geoff Tobin and John Cox respectively.
It was good to see President of Geelong Basil Blight with Bev, and President of Moe Latrobe Valley Jazz Club Bruce Lawn with Carol in the audience.
It was indeed a happy evening, with lots of “muso’s chatter” and some nice jazz music provided by the Jason Downes Trio. At one stage the was an all-in “blow” and on stage at the one time were: Alan Richards (playing drums on the lecturn in the absence of drums) Lindsay Flint reeds, Les Fithall trombone, Bob Whetstone trumpet, Ross Anderson bass, Leigh Barker, tuba, Jason Downes reeds, John Cox banjo, John Scurry guitar, John Morrison and Kim Harris piano.! Boy, what a lineup! And the sound was fantastic!