Doyen (noun) the most respected or prominent person in a particular field.
Twice a year the VJC selects a group of Victorian musicians who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of jazz and holds a private dinner where these "doyens" are awarded a certificate of achievement before their friends and family.
This was the second in the series currently being run each year by the VJC to pay tribute to musicians who have entertained the jazz fraternity over the years, and to present them with an award of appreciation. Those musicians chosen this year were - John Adams, Fred Clark, Alex Hutchinson, Bill Kerr, Joe McConechy. Unfortunately Johnny Adams lost his health battle earlier in March, but the VJC presented the award to Jo Adams who was surrounded by family and friends.
After due consideration the format for this function was changed to a more personal dinner with family and nominated friends, at which each member was presented with an award, and a brief biography of their musical life read to the audience.
The Victorian Workshops Band entertained the guests showing the senior musicians a little of what the junior musicians were about. Marina Pollard is to be congratulated on the standard of the Workshops Band, who played extremely well, (acoustically, by the way!) driven along by Alan Richards on drums (filling in for a workshop drummer).
John Crichton read brief biographies of all the musicians being honoured, and some chose to take to the microphone to recount stories of their musical career.
Ollie Clark travelled from Adelaide to be there for brother Fred, and the 78 attendees were treated to a pleasant two course meal, with lots of camaraderie and “muso’s tales”. It was indeed a very appropriate way to pay tribute to these wonderful musicians, and will be a project to be continued by the Victorian Jazz Club on a “twice annual” basis.
It was good to see Don and Marg Anderson and Jean Leake on the guest list, as well as John & Patsy Tucker from Noosa. Ron Jobe was present in his usual capacity as “club photographer” and below are some of the great shots he captured.