Past Events

The Jazz Club usually hosts four regular events each month: Saturday Night Jazz on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saurdays plus our Wednesday Daytime Jazz function, usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

These are the Past Events at the VJC, with reviews and photographs where available. For Upcoming Events please look at Events.

Past Events

Wed, 17/7/19Tamsin West and the Savoy Ballroom Boys
Sat, 13/7/19Christmas in July with Des Camm
Sun, 30/6/19Syncopation, Swing and Satire
Sat, 22/6/19Dr Crask and his Swingin' Elixirs
Wed, 19/6/19New Nite Owls
Sun, 2/6/19John Newman Memorial Trad Jazz Day
Sat, 25/5/19Peppercorn Jazz Band
Wed, 15/5/19Reverse Swing
Sat, 11/5/19Sugarfoot Ramblers
Sun, 5/5/19Swing 19
Sat, 27/4/19Shimona and the Cats Pyjamas
Wed, 17/4/19Peter Baylor's Chonk
Sat, 13/4/19Robbie Mann and the Parlour Social
Sun, 24/3/19Feed the Cats
Wed, 20/3/19Crescent City Connection
Sat, 2/3/19Gatsby's Vintage Jazz Band
Sun, 24/2/19Pearly Shells Hot Six
Wed, 20/2/19The Hot Peppers Jazz Band
Sat, 16/2/19Dixie Street All Stars
Sat, 26/1/19Georgia Brooks Swingtet
Wed, 16/1/19Michael McQuaid and His Late Hour Boys
Sat, 12/1/19Hot B Hines
Mon, 31/12/18New Year's Eve
Sat, 8/12/18Christmas Breakup
Wed, 5/12/18Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts
Sat, 24/11/18New Nite Owls
Wed, 21/11/18Stevensons Rockets
Sat, 10/11/18Andy Baylor's Hometown Jazz Band
Sat, 27/10/18Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys
Sun, 21/10/18The VJC 50th Birthday Celebration
Wed, 17/10/18The Syncopators
Sat, 13/10/18Lightning Jazz Band
Wed, 10/10/18Seniors Week Concert
Sat, 22/9/18John Wanner's Silver Service
Wed, 19/9/18Jason Downes' Fine Sweet and Tasty
Sun, 9/9/18Big Band Swing Day
Sat, 8/9/18Creole Bells Revival Band
Sat, 25/8/18Next Jen
Wed, 15/8/18Two Swingin' Pitches featuring Anita Harris and Pippa Wilson
Sat, 11/8/18The Slipdixies
Sun, 29/7/18Louis Armstrong Tribute Night
Sat, 28/7/18Shifafa on the Side
Sun, 22/7/18The John Newman Memorial Trad Jazz Day
Wed, 18/7/18The Louisiana Shakers with Kevin Bolton
Sat, 14/7/18Xmas in July with the Des Camm's Jazz Band
Sun, 8/7/18Next Jen
Sat, 23/6/18The Pearly Shells Hot 6
Wed, 20/6/18The Ashley Gaudion Sextet
Sun, 17/6/18Swing 2018
Sat, 2/6/18Royal Garden Jazz Band with Peter Hooper
Sat, 26/5/18Georgia Brooks Swingtet
Wed, 16/5/18Jaspers Jazz Hounds with Brett Iggulden and Rachel Hamilton
Sun, 13/5/18Warragul Country Club
Sat, 12/5/18Moonee Valley Jazz Band
Sat, 28/4/18Hot Club Swing
Wed, 18/4/18Dave Bailey and Gary Walford with the Dixie Heroes
Sat, 14/4/18The Syncopators
Sun, 8/4/18Classic Jazz Party
Sat, 24/3/18Dr Crask and His Swinging Elixir
Sun, 18/3/18Pearly Shells Hot 6
Wed, 14/3/18Kid Claypots
Sat, 3/3/18Shiraz
Sat, 24/2/18Jackson Four
Wed, 21/2/18Smithy's Scallywags
Sat, 17/2/18New Dixie Allstars
Sun, 4/2/18Sunday Jazz
Sat, 3/2/18Pippa Wilson with Jazz Notes
Sat, 27/1/18Sugarfoot Ramblers
Wed, 17/1/18Virus with Chris Tanner
Sun, 14/1/18Warragul Country Club
Sat, 13/1/18The New Nite Owls
Sun, 31/12/17New Years Eve
Sat, 9/12/17VJC Christmas Party
Wed, 6/12/17Creole Bells Revival Band with Bev Sheahan
Sat, 25/11/17Ruby Page and Joe Ruberto Jazztet
Wed, 15/11/17Golden City Classic Jazz with guest Graham Eames on trumpet
Sun, 12/11/17Steve Purcell's Pearly Shells Hot 6
Sat, 11/11/17Riviera
Sat, 28/10/17Syncopators
Wed, 25/10/17Cope Street Parade
Sun, 22/10/17The Goodman-Holiday Sessions
Sat, 14/10/17Shiraz
Wed, 4/10/17Seniors Week Concert
Wed, 27/9/17Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Sat, 23/9/17Riviera Jazz Band
Wed, 20/9/17Jasper's Jazz Hounds
Sun, 10/9/17Big Band Swing Day
Sat, 9/9/17The Slip Dixies
Sat, 26/8/17Hot Club Swing
Wed, 16/8/17Le Jazz Hot
Sat, 12/8/17Creole Bells Revival
Sun, 6/8/17Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Sat, 22/7/17Christmas in July with Des Camm and His Band
Wed, 19/7/17Louisiana Shakers
Sun, 9/7/17John Newman Memorial Trad Jazz Day
Sat, 8/7/17The Hot B Hines
Sat, 24/6/17Whitehorse Wanderers
Wed, 21/6/17Andy Baylor Western Swing
Sun, 4/6/17Swing 17
Sat, 27/5/17Hot Club Swing
Wed, 17/5/17Julie O'Hara and Bopkick
Sat, 13/5/17Moonee Valley Jazz Band
Wed, 26/4/17Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Sat, 22/4/17High Society Jazz Orchestra
Wed, 19/4/17Peter Gaudion's Blues Express
Sun, 9/4/17Classic Jazz Party
Sat, 8/4/17Dixie Street All Stars Jazz Band
Wed, 29/3/17Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Sat, 25/3/17Mike McQuaid's Late Hour Boys
Wed, 15/3/17Seven Up
Sat, 11/3/17Sugar foot Ramblers
Wed, 22/2/17Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Sat, 18/2/17Mike Field (Canada) - Trumpeter - with top local upcoming musos.
Wed, 15/2/17Danni Smith with the Scallywags - "Night at the Cotton Club"
Sat, 28/1/17Radio Days Orchestra (Pat Miller)
Wed, 25/1/17Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks featuring Heather Stewart
Sat, 14/1/17Riviera Jazz Band - with Kim Rushworth
Sat, 31/12/16New Years Eve
Sat, 10/12/16Xmas Breakup
Wed, 7/12/16Creole Bells Reunion Band
Wed, 23/11/16Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Wed, 16/11/16Geoff Bull & the Finer Cuts
Sat, 12/11/16The Marketeers
Sat, 5/11/16Peter Hooper and his Royal Garden Jazz Band
Wed, 19/10/16Radio Days Orchestra
Sat, 8/10/16Stevenson's Rockets
Wed, 5/10/16Seniors Concert
Sat, 1/10/16Sugar Foot Ramblers
Wed, 28/9/16Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Wed, 21/9/16Crescent City Connection
Sun, 11/9/16Swing-Jazz-Jive Big Band Day
Sat, 10/9/16The Barry Currie Quintet
Sat, 3/9/16Nolte Brothers Novelty Six
Wed, 24/8/16Dixie Heroes
Sat, 13/8/16Le Jazz Hot
Sun, 7/8/16Louis Armstrong Tribute
Sat, 6/8/16The Furbelows
Sat, 23/7/16Xmas in July
Sun, 10/7/16John Newman Memorial Trad Jazz Day
Sat, 9/7/16New Dixie Street
Sat, 25/6/16Whitehorse City Swing Band
Sat, 4/6/16The Syncopators
Sat, 28/5/16Georgia Brooks Sextet
Sat, 14/5/16Royal Garden Jazz Band Melbourne Connection
Sat, 7/5/16Dr. Craske's Swingin Elixirs
Wed, 27/4/16Daytime Jazz
Sun, 10/4/16Classic Jazz Party
Sat, 9/4/16Louis Tribute Band
Sat, 2/4/16Juliarna Clark and Her Statesmen
Wed, 23/3/16Midweek Jazz
Sat, 19/3/16Kissing Harriet
Sat, 5/3/16The Hot B Hines
Sat, 27/2/16Pippa Wilson
Wed, 24/2/16Midweek Jazz
Sat, 20/2/16Mike Field
Sat, 6/2/16Loose Goose Band
Sat, 30/1/16Hot Club Swing
Wed, 27/1/16Midweek Jazz
Sat, 16/1/16Sugarfoot Ramblers
Thu, 14/1/16Riviera Jazz Band - with Kim Rushworth
Thu, 31/12/15New Years Eve
Sat, 12/12/15Xmas breakup
Sat, 5/12/15Ruby Page and Joe Ruberto
Sat, 28/11/15Red Hot Rhythm Makers
Wed, 25/11/15Southside Jazz
Sat, 14/11/15Syncopators
Sat, 7/11/15Double A Jazz Band
Sun, 1/11/15West Gippsland Jazz
Sat, 31/10/15Finer Cuts with Geoff Bull
Sun, 25/10/15Yarraville Jazz and Swing
Sat, 24/10/15Georgia Brooks Sextet
Sat, 10/10/15Royal Garden Jazz Band
Wed, 7/10/15Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Sat, 3/10/15Tom Brier
Sat, 26/9/15The Pearly Shells
Wed, 23/9/15Wednesday Daytime Jazz
Sat, 12/9/15Ray Lewis with Brett Iggulden
Sat, 5/9/15The Furbelows
Wed, 26/8/15Daytime Jazz returns!
Sat, 22/8/15Andrew Nolte and His Orchestra
Sat, 8/8/15New Dixie Street
Sun, 2/8/15Louis Armstrong Tribute
Sat, 1/8/15The Shuffle Club
Sat, 25/7/15XMas In July
Sun, 12/7/15Newman Memorial Trad Jazz Day
Sat, 11/7/15Creole Bells Reunion Band
Sat, 4/7/15Hot Club Swing
Sat, 27/6/15The Pearly Shells
Sat, 13/6/15Barry Hirst - Grovelanders
Sat, 6/6/15Closed for Merimbula Festival
Sat, 23/5/15Hetty Kate and friends
Sat, 9/5/15Riviera Jazz Band
Sat, 2/5/15Juliarna Cleal & the Heartjazz Statesmen
Wed, 29/4/15Daytime Jazz
Sun, 26/4/15The VJC's Annual Classic Jazz Party
Sat, 25/4/15George Washingmachine & friends
Sat, 11/4/15The Sugarfoot Ramblers
Sat, 4/4/15Closed - Easter Saturday
Sat, 28/3/15Ruby Page - Joe Ruberto Jazztet
Wed, 18/3/15Daytime Jazz ** CANCELLED **
Sat, 14/3/15Shirazz
Sat, 7/3/15The Cotton Club Orchestra
Sat, 28/2/15Dr. Craske's Swingin' Elixirs
Wed, 25/2/15Daytime Jazz
Sat, 7/2/15New Orleans Connection
Sat, 31/1/15Pearly Shells

Event Details

Louis Armstrong (who won't be attending)
Louis Armstrong Tribute
Sunday 2nd Aug 2015

Your Committee made the unanimous decision this year to use local musicians - of whom there is a great selection - to help pay tribute to the late Louis Armstrong at this annual event, and as a result Ken Collins was asked to put together a suitable group. And so the Louis Armstrong Tribute Band was formed for their performance at the Bentleigh Club on Sunday 2nd August. 
Local musicians chosen by Ken to be part of this great group were Jonathon Hunt clarinet, Herb Jennings trombone, Bob Franklin piano, Tony Orr banjo, Alan Stott sousaphone and Richard Opat drums. I think it’s fair to say this was a pretty impressive collection of Melbourne musical talent - and it proved to be just that and more! These guys had put a lot of effort and practice into this gig, and the result was a very remarkable evening of musical tribute to one of the world’s true icons of the jazz genre.
This year circular tables were chosen as a change which made camaraderie a bit easier over dinner, and it also made movement between tables much easier, which suited everyone. Due to the fact that no imported interstate artists were hired, with the incumbent airfares - the entry price was able to be reduced a little which was also well received.
Trumpeter Ken Collins deserves accolades for his research, effort and enthusiasm for this project, on which he and his musicians had been working for some time. The result was said by many attendees to be one of the best Louis Nights in a long time. Ken gave a glimpse into the life of Louis between numbers, which added much interest and authenticity to the event. The opportunity was taken to present clarinetist Jonathon Hunt with the 2015 Patrick Flint Award for his excellence - the Committee decided on this recipient many months ago, but Jonathon is a hard man to track down. He was delighted with the award and also with the accompanying cheque.
The Bentleigh Club once again excelled themselves with their food, presentation and punctuality. At the conclusion of the evening, Ken Collins agreed to bring this top selection of musicians to the VJC at Clayton on a Saturday night during 2016, and this will be an eagerly awaited gig on next year’s program.