14 July 2006

First White Eagle jazz session

Congratulations to the students at the CSM Jazz School who have started this new monthly session. It’s held at the Polish White Eagle Club opposite the O’Connor shops (given the sign on the wall, I infer it’s also the location of the longstanding Canberra folk club, the Merry Muse). Thanks to Ed and Phil who I think organised it; well done.

The night starts at 8pm, and last night it ran to midnight. The format is a visiting band for two sets, then a jam, mainly featuring students from the jazz school. The band for the inaugural session was Trio Apoplectic (see my other review). Authentic Polish food (interesting and very different) is available earlier in the night. The bar stays open late and beers are cheap. Numbers last night were not too large (there’s plenty of room for more), and it’s pleasing to see they weren’t all just Jazz School students who are naturally in the information loop.

The jams last night featured 4 groups of players, generally playing 2 tunes each, although the later ones got just one tune as it was approaching closing time. The tunes played were well known standards. If you’re interested in playing, practice tunes like Have you met Miss Jones, Stella by starlight, Nostalgia in Times Square, Straight no chaser – they were all played last night.

Keep an eye on canberrajazz.net for announcements of future sessions.

Fist visit includes membership to the Polish Club. $13/$10

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