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On Thursday 15th February, the Down South Jazz Club is delighted to bring to the stage of Club Sapphire, George Washingmachine’s “Feel the Manouche”. Tickets $15 for Jazz Club members and $20 for Non Jazz Club members. For bookings and enquiries phone 6495 9853.

George Washingmachine "Feel The Manouche"

George Washingmachine, who is Russian born, has had a vast and varied career in the entertainment business. As a child he trained for seven years as a classical violinist, leaving that behind to form a rhythm and blues band as guitarist, until 1984, when he moved to Sydney and started playing jazz fiddle with The Conway Brothers Hiccup Orchestra. George and his band are once again doing another national tour with “Feel the Manouche”. Manouche is a term derived from the Romany gypsies of Europe, what we in Australia call gypsy jazz. This fine band has been put together by its individual members as an exercise in small group swing and George has toured extensively overseas with it. Feel the Manouche has a 'world music' feel. Through its use of double bass, guitar, accordion & fiddle, the band achieves a strong melodic groove that can take on gypsy waltzes, swing jazz, and many other flavours of music from our diverse planet.

Clare O’Meara is a professional musician from Sydney with a career spanning the last two decades.  She is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and artist in her own right and brings fiddle, piano accordion and harmonies to the line-up. She has toured and recorded with virtually all Australian contemporary music artists and bands both nationally and internationally (too many to include in this bio) including appearances at every major music festival and many TV appearances.


Change of Guitarist for George Washingmachine as Arthur & Jerry are not able to come
Nigel Date is a freelance professional guitarist based in Sydney with more than 30 years playing experience.  He works with many of Australia's best jazz musicians, playing jazz guitar among many other styles. He has worked in countless recording sessions and live performances as guitarist, bassist, producer, sound engineer, arranger, videographer, graphic designer and composer. He is well known for being an accompanist for work with singers, violinists, horn players and other guitarists. Nigel always tries to bring style and energy to every performance whether it be as part of a traditional jazz band in a hotel or festival, session work for TV and radio, wedding bands, gypsy jazz guitar gatherings in cafes, teaching, on the road national or European tours with his brother Ian Date as The Date Brothers.

Stan Valacos has played regularly with different groups led by Geoff Bull, along with the Paul Furniss trio and other combinations. He is in high demand by most leading musicians on the Sydney jazz scene. At the Southern Highlands Classic Jazz and Ragtime Festival he played with three top musicians - Geoff Bull, Paul Furniss and Anthony Howe. Stan also plays 7-string guitar in a Brazilian Band called “Performing Brazil”. He has played at the Ascona Jazz Festival in USA and also joined the Society Syncopators for several gigs in Europe prior to appearing for the Down South Jazz Club in July 2008 with the Geoff Bull Jazz Band.

We invite you to sit back and 'Feel the Manouche'. This will be an exceptional night of jazz and one not to be missed. Bookings can be made with Aileen/Kevin Walsh (64959853), at, or will be available on the night at the door.