On Thursday 18th July the Down South Jazz Club has great pleasure in bringing "Porterhouse Jazz" to the stage of Club Sapphire.  The band consists of Bob Porter on Reeds, Peter Poole on trombone, John Moffatt on sousaphone, John Roche on drums and Robbie Mann on keyboards. Bob Porter on reeds is, of course, well known to the area and it is good to see him back in fine form after his recent bout of ill health. He was a founder member of the Down South Jazz Band and the Down South Jazz Club, is an expert clarinet and saxophone player and has been a leading light in keeping jazz music alive on the south coast. He has toured with the Down South Jazz Quartet playing at jazz festivals in Manly, Thredbo and Norfolk Island.   He has also toured Germany and Edinburgh with ‘Madam Pat'  Thompson and lately with ‘Jazz Alley’  playing for gigs and festivals around Narooma, the Tathra Pub as well as with a Wollongong Band ‘Captain Bob’s Stationhouse 7. Peter Poole on trombone & trumpet has performed at many jazz clubs and festivals over the years including Brisbane, York WA, Canberra, Orange, Parkes, and Merimbula.  Bands have included Cornerhouse, Capt Bob's Stationhouse 7, Jazz'em and Jazz Alley. John Moffatt on sousaphone was an original member of Down South Jazz Band which was formed in 1978.  He has also played with the Down South Jazz Quartet  at Manly, Thredbo and Norfolk Island.  Drummer John Roche played with the R.A.N Band for 8 years with concert and TV performances throughout Australia and overseas. He  has also played with The Clarrie Finlay Big Band in Melbourne and the Moomba Festival in the 1960's,  in the Sydney Club scene during the 1970’s and spent four years as part of the House Band at the Revesby Workers Club. Since moving to the South Coast he has played with The Bay Show Band, Jazz Inc, Sorta Brass, Second Time Around, Tuna Free Dolphins and Jazz Alley.

Robbie Mann is an exciting young stride pianist who hails from the Blue Mountains. After completing a degree in classical music he turned his attention fully to early jazz, specialising in ragtime and stride piano styles. In the short time since, Robbie has garnered a reputation as one of Australia's foremost emerging talents. He has performed with some of Australia's most acclaimed trad jazz instrumentalists, within the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, in big-band formats as well as fronting his own jazz band, 'The Parlour Social’ debut solo album soon to be released

. This excellent night of jazz will cost $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors with music commencing at 7.30 pm.  Bookings can be made with Aileen/Kevin Walsh (64959853), at bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au, or will be available on the night at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6.00 pm with its extensive menu; meals can either be eaten in the bistro, or ordered, collected and eaten at leisure while listening to the music.