25 June 2015

WK3 saving the day

I'm bemoaning the dearth of jazz in town these days, but Wayne Kelly has started up a Tuesday evening session at Old Canberra Inn. Free entry; food and drinks available; a jam session each month. It's great to see such a jazz hangout reappear, and with such great local players. The core band is the reignited Wayne Kelly trio with offsiders Ben O'Loghlin and Mark Sutton. It's a hot and clean trio with plenty of sharp driving solos, some standards singing from Ben, some playful snaps from Mark. It's dark, historical (authentic slab hut construction built 1857, first licensed 1876), comfy and warm in this winter and nicely informal. I caught Wayne's trio playing, then a trio with David Lole and Ben and Mark, then David for some solos, and I got to sit in with Wayne and Mark and David. Great fun and thanks to Ben and the rest.

Wayne Kelly (piano) plays weekly 6.30-8.30 Tuesdays with Ben O'Loghlin (bass, vocals) and Mark Sutton (drums) at the Old Canberra Inn. David Lole (piano) and Eric Pozza (bass) sat in.

BTW, this has special relevance for CJ. This very trio was the first to get a pic and writeup on CJ in Nov 2005.

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