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DOWN SOUTH JAZZ CLUB INC.   

 

 “THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS”

        A History of the Club

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       Compiled and Edited by John Martin


The Early YearsThe Willows EraThe Lakeview EraAcknowledgements & Appendices

 

Foreword

 

Material for this history has been gathered principally from a virtually complete collection of Newsletters in the possession of Robin and Avis Willis, kindly made available to the editor: from entries in the Club’s cash book; and from the committee’s minute book.

Regrettably periods existed when the Newsletter issues were many months apart, and information on happenings - such as the appearance of bands - was not recorded. That bands actually performed in the period was confirmed by entries in the cash book - but, until recently, bands in that document were not identified by name.

It was therefore impossible to list all the local bands that appeared each month at the Willows and Lakeview and in other locations before 1989. Also, even if it were possible to record this information, it would have more than doubled the size of this document.

However, in adopting this course, an injustice has no doubt been done to those many local musicians who were (and still are) the backbone of music in the club.

The hundreds of performances given by these dedicated musicians for our pleasure have done more than anything else to establish the Club on a firm footing, and members and others owe them an enormous debt of gratitude, which the editor  would like to acknowledge here.

This document is not a history of jazz on the Far South Coast and only occasionally is reference made to “non Club sponsored” jazz. However, many restaurants, pubs and bodies such as the Bega Arts Council have provided jazz over the years - the most notable being, of course, the Merimbula Jazz Festival, which, until 1998, was conducted independently from the DSJC.  

 

Pre -1984

 

The formation of the Down South Jazz Band in 1978 by Jiri Kripac introduced some sort of frequency to jazz performances on the Far South Coast , with fairly regular gigs at various locations such as the Bank Hotel in Bega and the Top Pub in Pambula. Tuesday was practice night at Wolumla Hotel, usually attracting 10 to 15 people. The band comprised Jiri Kripac (trumpet and leader), Barry Pascoe (trombone), Monique Lysiak (clarinet), Gordon Brown (piano), John Moffatt (sousaphone), Bill McLean (banjo) and John Cursley (drums). Pat Thompson (Madam) sang regularly with the band until it disbanded in 1985.

 The band was even invited by the Victorian Jazz Club to perform for them over one weekend, which they did most successfully.

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On another occasion, the band was playing for a fancy dress 40th birthday at Nethercote. At 12pm they began to pack up when a 6ft 4in burly abalone diver called Harco, dressed as Superman, strode over and questioned the finishing time,  insisting, in the deepest, roughest voice,  it was 1am. The band, being totally convinced by his argument, started playing again and John Cursley asked Barry Pascoe, who was somewhat upset, “what will we do if he wants us to play until 2am ?”  Barry briefly stopped playing and quickly said out of the side of his mouth, “We’ll play till two”.

1981 saw the inauguration of the Merimbula Jazz Festival, which brought increasing numbers of expert jazz musicians into the area annually, and  allowed local jazz enthusiasts to get to know these musicians personally. It also, in time, brought an urge in these fans to listen to jazz on a more regular basis, with local musicians as the backbone and visiting musicians invited with their bands or as front liners with the locals.

The catalyst in the formation of the Down South Jazz Club was the arrival in Bega in 1984 of Sydney Jazz buffs Frank and Wendy Percy, who had the enthusiasm and know - how to set up and run a jazz club. A committee was formed, a constitution drawn up  and the Club came into being in April 1984. Mention should be made of those members of the inaugural committee, whose enthusiasm and self belief ensured there is now a thriving Down South Jazz Club. The committee comprised: 

                   President:                               John Cursley

                   Vice President:                        Ken Gordon

                   Secretary:                                Frank Percy

                   Treasurer:                                Brenda Cursley

                   Publicity Officer:                    Wendy Percy

                   Newsletter Editor:                  Frank Percy

 

1984

With commendable self confidence, the committee opened proceedings with a successful visit by Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra at the Hideaway restaurant in Bega, with a net profit of $147.74. If only subsequent committees could make a similar boast!

Throughout the year, performances by local musicians were held approximately monthly at the Bank Hotel, Bega and the Top Pub, Pambula. A concerted membership drive saw membership rise in the first year to 182. A number of fine visiting artists performed at the Bank Hotel and Hideaway Restaurant in Bega and Eastern Jade Restaurant in Merimbula:

 

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Roger Janes, Tom Baker & Paul Furniss

27th April -Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra - Hideaway Rest.

13th June - Sydney Jazz Quintet - Bank Hotel.

6th July - Mike Hallam Hot Six - Eastern Jade Rest. (A tribute to Louis Armstrong)

12th August - Madam Pat and Rag Tag Band - Bank Hotel.

!st Sept - Dick Hughes with DSJB - Hideaway Rest.

18th Oct - Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra - Eastern Jade.

27th October - Graeme Bell’s Allstars - Bowling Club. (Graeme’s 70th birthday)11th November - The Mildewed Figge J.B. - Bank Hotel.

27th April -Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra - Hideaway Rest.

13th June - Sydney Jazz Quintet - Bank Hotel.

6th July - Mike Hallam Hot Six - Eastern Jade Rest. (A tribute to Louis Armstrong)

12th August - Madam Pat and Rag Tag Band - Bank Hotel.

!st Sept - Dick Hughes with DSJB - Hideaway Rest.

18th Oct - Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra - Eastern Jade.

27th October - Graeme Bell’s Allstars - Bowling Club. (Graeme’s 70th birthday)11th November - The Mildewed Figge J.B. - Bank Hotel.

 

A very fine start to the Club’s programme, by any standards.

Visiting band members always stayed at the Cursley’s, Gordon’s and Percy’s and very many late nights ensued. One night, at the Cursley’s Lyn Wallis went missing and John Cursley eventually discovered him lying on his back in the front yard. Lyn then proceeded to bring John’s attention to the wonderful stars above Bega!

                                                           

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1985

The Down South Jazz Band, the Southern Swing Quartet (comprising Charlie Gibbons on trumpet, Freddy Thomas on piano, Don More on bass and John Cursley on drums), and other local musicians, continued to entertain on a regular basis at the Commercial Hotel, Top Pub, etc.

Frank Percy developed the format of an attractive newsletter which rivalled the best produced in the capital cities.

Membership dropped off from 182 to 140.

Microphones and a multichannel mixer were purchased. The piano from Bega Town Hall was acquired , its action renovated and located at the Hideaway Restaurant for jazz gigs. Speakers were purchased from Tom Baker.

A high number of imported bands was maintained, despite reduced attendances.

The following bands were engaged:

 

11thJanuary - Paul Furniss’ San Francisco J.B. - Bega RSL Auditorium.              

13th January - Paul Furniss’ San Francisco J.B. - Eastern Jade Restaurant.       

 26th January - 1st Jazz Ball - New Harlem J.B. - Bega RSL Auditorium.              

23rd March - Madam Pat and Rag Tag J.B. - Black Dolphin.

1st September - Black Mountain J.B. - Kameruka.

2nd November - Madam Pat and Rag Tag J.B. - Tathra Bowling Club.

16th November - Annual Jazz Ball - Jiri Kripac “Southern Odd Balls Banned”

      Twyford Hall.

24th November - Tom Baker and Swing Street Orchestra - Hideaway Restaurant.

President commented that the Annual Ball and Tom Baker functions were a great success, although only 30% of the audiences were Club members.

Placemats

 

1986

 In an early Newsletter, the president highlighted the poor attendance of Club members at most functions, commenting that only 20 turned up to the last function.at the Hideaway.  He warned that unless attendances at the Hideaway and Kameruka improved, these venues would be lost to us.

An experimental get-together with jazz clubs from Canberra, Sydney, Illawarra, Kiama and Narooma was held at the Steam Packet Hotel, Nellingan on Sunday 13th April. Many bands including the DSJB,  musos from Canberra, Madam Pat and her band and many others provided the music. It was apparently a rip roaring success, with around 300 present.

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Madam Pat Thompson

 

Gigs were introduced at the Cobargo Hotel and Tathra Surf Club, for some reason known as “Sippers”. (John Cursley explains: “nippers” are young members of surf clubs. “Sippers” were the 5pm - 9pm Sunday drinkers at the Tathra Surf Club).

A Club badge was issued, but abandoned for later years on the grounds of cost.

Windcheaters in blue with a gold “Down South Jazz Club” logo were purchased from Tulgeen Industries in Bega. Wendy Percy supplied and attached an embroidered  music note to each of the first garments purchased. As there were only a few, they were prized as indications of founder membership.

This year heralded the real start of the “bucket brigade” at the Yellowpinch Picnic at the end of the Merimbula Jazz Festival, in which raffle tickets were sold with great enthusiasm to the picnickers. Reference to the appendix will indicate just how much the Jazz Club has relied on this raffle to keep afloat financially. It is mostly the same team today continuing the tradition, so - to take the opportunity to plug - any new volunteers will be most welcome and a lot of fun is guaranteed.

Membership slightly increased to 150.

The following bands were "imported"

 

30th March - DSJB with Joe Stokman & Paul Ingle - Hideaway

13th April - Nellingan Rort with other jazz clubs. See above.

15th June - Madam Pat with the Hot Club de Bega - Kameruka.

29th June - Clare Hansson with Madam Pat - Eastern Jade.

26th July - Sydney Jazz Quintet - Eastern Jade Restaurant

27th July - Sydney Jazz Quintet - Hideaway Restaurant.

25th October - Annual Jazz Ball - Mike Hallam’s Hot Six - Twyford Hall.

26th October - Recovery Cruise - Mike Hallam’s Hot Six - Sinbad, Broadwater.

 

Claire Hansson was a much acclaimed sit - in at the Ball. Life membership was presented to our very distinguished Pat Thompson by President Terry Hayes.

 

The editor happily recalls the look of horror and disbelief on the face of President un - faze Hayes  when we arrived at Sinbad for the Recovery Cruise to discover their liquor licence had not yet come through and the ship was dry! Naturally, the cruise was delayed whilst the situation was rectified.

 

1987

Membership fell to 95

 

The number of “imported” musicians was reduced by around half because of losses sustained in previous years. Bank balance fell to $144 at one point during the year.

 

Founder members Frank and Wendy Percy returned to Sydney, with loss of their enthusiasm and organising talents to the Committee. Frank Percy was appointed Life Member of the Club in recognition of his unstinting work to get the Club off the ground.

 

Ken Gordon became Newsletter Editor.

                                                             

Pat Thompson and her band undertook their first overseas tour to London, Edinburgh, Frankfurt and Holland. Its success may be judged by the many subsequent tours demanded by Pat’s overseas fans.

 

“Non - Club” Jazz was re-introduced to Kameruka, with the Andrew Ferguson Quartet playing on the afternoons of Candelo market days.

DecorationsDecorations for Black & White Ball

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Black Mountain Jazz Band

The following visitors played for the Club in 1987:

 

14th February - Mike Hallam’s front line - Merimbula Golf Club.

15th Feb - Mike Hallam’s front line, backed by Messrs Cursley, Moffatt & McLean,

        with vocals by Madam Pat - Sippers at Tathra Surf Club.

24th May - Madam Pat & Her Rent Party Band - Sippers, Tathra Surf Club.

8th August - Tribute to Benny Goodman by Paul Furniss and Glen Heinrich backed

        by Freddy Thomas on piano, Don More on bass and John Cursley on drums

        - Bega Bowling Club.

23rd October - B & W Ball - Society Syncopators - Black Dolphin Motel .

 

The Benny Goodman night was acknowledged by all to be unforgettable, with brilliant clarinet playing by Paul Furniss and superb vibraphone work from Glen Heinrich, ably backed by our local musos. John Cursley found it difficult to move his arms for the next week after his frenetic drumming on Sing, Sing, Sing.

 

  Due to previous bookings, the committee broke with tradition in holding the annual ball at the Black Dolphin instead of Twyford Hall. Special efforts to make the venue attractive included beautiful table decorations in the form of black cardboard silhouette stands of musical instruments, lovingly made by Avis and Robin Willis.The ball was a great success, but a consensus of members demanded a return to Twyford Hall in future. Perhaps another reason was the portable dance floor at the Dolphin caused more cursing and swearing during its temporary installation than a golf round.

 

1988

Membership fell yet again to 86.

 

“Non - Club” Jazz  twice a month started at the Candelo Pub, with Bob Porter’s Back Alley Five.

 

Again, due to lack of finance, visiting musicians were limited to:

 

15th January - Pat Thompson & Nyn Hamilton - Tathra Bowling Club.

6th March - The Abel Jazzmen - Tilba Winery - joint venture with Batemans Bay

          Jazz Club.

26th March - Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra - Kameruka.

29th October - Black & White Ball - Jeff Embleton’s Jazz Band - Twyford Hall.

 

To show how the best laid plans can go wrong, a couple of days before the Tom Baker gig , the local licensing sergeant stopped the performance being held in the restaurant. Undaunted, we hired a marquee and held the night in the grounds in Kameruka; truly a memorable night, witnessed by about thirty enthusiastic fans.The band and ourselves agreed the acoustics were superb.

 

In discussing the Ball band, none of us had heard of the Jeff Embleton band but the Lavers reckoned it was the best band at Thredbo, so we booked them. They were very good, but finishing the music for the Black and White Ball at eleven thirty was definitely unappreciated by the large crowd, who were just getting warmed up!

Pity Harko wasn’t there!

                                                           

                                                      

1989  -  The Willows Era.

 

Membership rose to 94.

 

The Club was Incorporated towards end of year.

 

Bob Porter, as musical co-ordinator, convinced the committee that we needed a base in which to conduct monthly jazz gigs. Various venues were proposed, but Bob came up with the Willows at Pambula. Bob made all the arrangements with Trish and Joe, the licensees, and thus started a very happy association for nine years.

 

First Newsletters under the joint editorship of Mark Westwood, Colin Gould and Bob Wade.

 

John Moffatt appointed Public Officer, with the principal place of administration of the Club registered as 35 Beach Street, Merimbula.

 

Limited funds kept “imported “ musos to:

 

1st September - Paul Furniss & Paul Baker with  Louisa Searle and Peter

      Saunders from Canberra and local musicians  Bob Porter, Bill McLean and Bob

      Everard - Merimbula Golf Club.

3rd September - Paul Furniss & Paul Baker same backing - Greenacre.

22nd September - Sydney Jazz Quintet - Twyford Hall - joint venture with South

     Coast Arts Council.

28th October - Black & White Ball - Black Mountain Jazz Band - Twyford Hall.

17th November - Tom Baker’s Chicago Seven - Hideaway Restaurant.

 

The President commented in the Newsletter that the Sydney Jazz Quintet provided an excellent performance. Unfortunately, the concert was attended by only a select few - only about thirty turned up. This had a detrimental effect on subsequent attempts to lay on some modern jazz, the comment always being - it’ll cost us a bomb!

 

On Thursday 21st December, a large crowd enjoyed a Christmas function at the Willows. The band was led by Bob Porter, accompanied by Ken Gordon (piano), Bill McLean (banjo), Walter Brunton (washboard), Chris Owen (reeds) and Ted Daniel (drums). Later in the evening, Graeme Walker added his guitar to the band to signal the arrival of the one and only Pat Thompson  for some outstanding vocals.

 

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1990

 

Membership increased dramatically to 142. Membership charge increased from the original $10 to $12.

 

Jazz Club banner for parades brought up to date and a new JAZZ backdrop curtain provided by Clare Gordon after the previous one was stolen.

 

In December, John Martin was appointed Public Officer in place of John Moffatt and the principal place of administration changed to 5a Collins Street, Merimbula.

 

Bottom Pub monthly functions went from strength to strength. It was decided to pay the bands a nominal sum ($20 per head, with visitors payment at the discretion of the organiser). In lieu of charging admittance (which would have been difficult owing to the number of entrances to the Willows), a raffle was run, the prizes being a choice of a tape or CD. Sometimes a prize of a bottle of wine was offered by the publican.

 

A cheque from the Festival Committee was presented to the Club and an amplifier, worth around $800, made available for its use.

 

John Cursley left the district, with his enthusiasm and knowledge being greatly missed.

 

Col Gould authorised to set up a photographic and Newsletter library.

 

Visiting bands were:

28th June - Jumping Jazz Cats - Hideaway.

25th July Bob Barnard Jazz Band - Twyford Hall.

27th October - Black & White Ball - Abbey Jazz Band (Eric Holroyd) with Nyn Hamilton - Twyford Hall.

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Bob Barnard Jazz Band
Abbey
Abbey Jazz Band

 

 

The Newsletter commented that the Jumping Jazz Cats, a popular swing style group from Canberra, entertained an appreciative audience of around forty at the Hideaway. As around one hundred were required to break even, it was observed that the Club lost most of the profits from the festival raffle in one evening.

 

The Black & White Ball attracted over 120 people to Twyford Hall - a record for the Club.

 

Another good turnout was at the Christmas function at the Willows. The musicians were Joe Stokman (reeds), Don More (vibrophone), Walter Brunton (washboard), Bill McLean (banjo), John Moffatt(sousaphone), John Judge(Trumpet), Ken Gordon (piano), Don Lawrence (saxophone), Pat Thompson (vocals), Margie Fullerton (piano), Tony Fullerton (trombone), and Graeme Walker (guitar). This function was becoming one of the big events of the year for Club members.

 

 

1991

 

Membership dropped again to105

 

A very notable benefit night to assist Pat Thompson to undertake another overseas tour was arranged by the Down South Jazz Club Inc., at the Merimbula Bowling Club on 6th June. The sum of $2,100 was raised to help Pat.

 

The Club address was changed from PO Box 646 Bega to PO Box 346 Merimbula.

 

50 new Club windcheaters were ordered from Tulgeen Industries.

 

In December, it was decided to increase the base payment of musicians at the Willows from $20 to $40.

The first of many Christmas parties at the Willows was held, with virtually all local musicians who had performed for the Club during the year being invited (and paid) to play at the function.

 

In December, Walter Brunton invited the Club to have a jazz picnic on his farm. Music was provided by local musicians.

 

Apart from Pat Thompsons benefit night, the only visiting musicians were:

 

18th October - Black & White Ball - Society Syncopators - RSL auditorium, Merimbula.

 

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Society Syncopators

 

1992

 

Membership fell further to 87.

 

January at the Willows saw the start of what was to become an annual event in the form of a visit by Tony Thomas and Geoff Speed of the Black Mountain Jazz Band, backed by our local musos Bob Porter, Bill McLean, John Moffatt and Walter Brunton.

 

Introduction of Members’ Attendance Jackpot Prize to encourage attendance, particularly at the less popular gigs.

 

The Black and White Ball had become something of a social event in Merimbula, with many non - member locals attending because it was the place to be seen. Many of the guests produced silver goblets, French champagne, and a quite elaborate meal. Club members spent the Saturday afternoon decorating the hall and tables and Twyford Hall was transformed into a fairyland of colour. With the great jazz bands selected to provide the music, it was definitely the event of the year for Club members.

                                                             

Increasing funds meant that consideration could be given to employing more visiting musicians and the following were invited to play:

 

17th January - Tony Thomas & Geoff Speed (Black Mountain J.B.) with local backing - Willows.

28th March - Riverboat Rascals - Twyford Hall

16th April - Madam Pat and David Bates with Sapphire Coast Quartet - Willows.

18th October - Black & White Ball - Shakytown Strutters - Twyford Hall.

17th December - Christmas Party - all local musicians plus Pat Thompson and David Bates - Willows.

ShakeyTown
Shakeytown Strutters

 

 

1993

 

Membership increased again to 111.

 

The Willows performances took on an established format, commencing at 8pm and continuing until around 11 -ish. Around 10pm, publicans Trish and Joe served a free light supper, which was greatly appreciated by the band and audience alike. Providing the audience totalled more than forty, a raffle was conducted. Prizes were originally records, later tapes or Cds. Considerable care was taken in the selection of these prizes to try to

 

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give members a wider experience of jazz. At the Christmas party, the Club contributed to the cost of the supper to provide something a little more substantial in recognition of the occasion. Father Christmas usually made his appearance about then.

 

Various local bands took turns apiece to appear at the Willows and sometimes visiting artists were booked to augment the local bands.

 

Mark Westwood left the area and relinquished editorship of the Newsletter, a job he had performed with distinction since 1989. Col Gould, Bob Wade and Margaret Howard continued the good work.

 

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Geoff Bull's Olympia Jazz Band

The following visiting artists performed for the Club during the year:

 

 21st January - Tony Thomas & Geoff Speed (Black Mountain J.B.) backed by the Down South Jazz Quartet - Willows.

19th February - Tom Baker’s J.B. - Twyford Hall.

17th August - Jim Hilson & Tony Thomas (Black Mountain J.B.), backed by the  Down South Jazz Quartet - Willows.

6th November - Black & White Ball -Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band Twyford Hall.

14th December - Christmas Party with all local musos - Willows.

 

 

1994

 

Membershis remained fairly static at 107, despite membership charges increasing to $15 for renewals and $20 for new members.

 

During 1994, major effort was put into making the jazz nights at the Willows a success. Local bands performed each month, the following outfits usually taking turns:

Sapphire Coast Quartet - comprising Joe Stokman (reeds), Margie Fullerton (piano), Tony Fullerton (elect. bass and trombone), and Ken Vatcher (drums).

Down South Jazz Quartet - comprising Bob Porter (reeds), John Moffatt (sousaphone), Bill McLean (banjo) and Walter Brunton (washboard).

Down South Six - comprising Don Lawrence (reeds), Bob Porter (reeds), Tony Fullerton (trombone), John Moffatt (sousaphone), Bill McLean (banjo) and Ted Daniel (drums).

 

These bands attracted reasonable audiences to the Willows, although on wintry nights often there were only about thirty people present.

 

An unpleasant experience for the Committee occurred in April. A night with the famous Zenith New Orleans Jazz Band at Twyford Hall had to be cancelled at the last moment due to a deplorable lack of interest by members. Zenith accepted a cancellation charge of $400 and undertook to appear at our Black and White Ball in October.

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Zenith New Orleans Jazz Band

 

The Christmas Party on December 15th was the biggest yet.

 

The following visitors appeared for us during the year:

 

20th January - Tony Thomas and Geoff Speed (Black Mountain J.B.), backed by

        the Down South Jazz Quartet - Willows.

24th October - Black & White Ball - Zenith New Orleans Jazz Band - Twyford Hall.

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Happy Raffle Sellers at the Merimbula Jazz Festival

 

1995

 

Membership remained almost constant at 104

 

The following were the special events during the year:

 

19th January - Tony Thomas and Geoff Speed’s annual January visit with the backing of the Down South Jazz Quartet - Willows.

12th May - Black Mountain Jazz Band - Twyford Hall.

15th June - Nick Polites with Margie & Tony Fullerton, Bob Porter & John Marshall joined by  “left-overs” from the 15th Merimbula Jazz Festival in the form of Dave Drummond, Noel Jones, Lou James, Gordon Benjamin and Pippa Wilson - Willows.

3rd November - Black & White Ball - Graeme Bell’s All Stars - Twyford Hall.

21st December - Christmas Party  with nearly all local musos - Willows.

 

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Graeme Bell's All Stars

 

The post -festival bash at the Willows became an annual event, with mostly the same line-up of locals and visitors.

 

The attendance of 90 at the Black & White Ball was quite disappointing, considering the composition of the band. However, the Merimbula Spring Festival Committee had organised a pre- Melbourne cup night, complete with Calcutta and the works, at the Grange on the following Monday night (two nights later), which attracted over 250 people. No doubt a fair number of our normal customers would have been included in that figure. The Committee resolved to keep our ball date well away from the Melbourne cup weekend in future.

 

1996

 

Membership was maintained at 104.

 

Joe & Marea Speer were elected joint Newsletter editors at the AGM, a task they carried out very ably for twelve months.

 

In November, the musicians basic fees at the Willows were increased from $40 to $50.

 

The basic prize for the Members Attendance Jackpot was increased from $10 to $30. The $30 would remain static for three months if not won and then jackpot to a maximum of $100, as before.

 

The following were special events for the year:

18th January - Tony Thomas & Geoff Speed’s annual appearance with the Down South Jazz Quartet - Willows.

21st March - “Pearls before Swain” (Jenny Swain’s band)- Willows.

14th September - Black & White Ball - John Fearnley’s Pacific Coast Jazzmen - Twyford Hall.

31st October - Swedish Jazz Kings (joint venture with Bega Arts Council) - Bega RSL auditorium.

19th December - Christmas Party - Sapphire Coast Quartet plus local musos who played during the year- Willows.

Swain
Pearls Before Swain
DSJQ
Down South Jazz Quartet with Canberra Visitors

                 

Regrettably, the attendance at the Ball was appalling, only 43 participating. We tried to cancel at very short notice, but the band had turned down a big night and , being working musicians, would require the agreed hire fee as a cancellation charge. So we went ahead with the show which was exceptionally good musically. However, after spending several hours decorating the hall, only to lose $1,100, the Committee changed its views on the subject of holding a future ball. In October, the Committee voted to abandon the Black and White Ball.

 

Six weeks later, another wonderful night was presented, but this time we made a profit! The Swedish Jazz Kings put on a brilliant performance, which left the audience entranced. Note this and refer to a repeat performance in 1998. It sure is hard to predict how our locals will react to a show! Incidentally, Pat Thogersen did a marvellous job decorating the tables with little Swedish flags, etc (which totally charmed the band) and also acting as MC.

 

During the year we had been steadily losing money at the Willows gigs. The band costs were reasonably constant but our sole source of income was the raffle. If the attendance was poor, raffle income was also poor and some nights there were so few in attendance that we didn’t even hold a raffle. (The raffle prizes cost  more than the takings). The Club only kept afloat financially because of the generous annual donation from the Festival Committee and the proceeds of the festival raffle itself. (Note:  In December and January, charges of $3 and $5 were actually made at the Willows).

It was suspected the attendances were low because the same local musicians were being presented, with only occasional performances by visiting musos. Financially, we could not change this situation due to lack of funds.

A special meeting was called to discuss this situation , the result being, for various reasons, that we should try a new venue. The Lakeview Hotel, Merimbula was selected for the first trial run in April,1997, the band being the Down South Jazz Quartet with Bob Porter, John Moffatt, Bill McLean and Walter Brunton. It was also decided to charge visitors $5 more than members for all future gigs, with members of other jazz clubs paying $2.50 more.

 

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1997 - The Lakeview Era

 

Membership increased dramatically to 142.

 

Col Gould resumed editorship of the Newsletter.

 

Local bands played on the third Thursday of each month early in the year at the Willows and later at the Lakeview. These bands were mostly: Down South Jazz Quartet, the Sapphire Coast Quartet and the Down South Six.

 

Special nights were:

16th January - Tony Thomas, Jim Hilson and Geoff Speed (Black Mountain front line), with local rhythm section of Bill, John and Walter - Willows.

21st August - Graham Steel augmented the Sapphire Coast 4 - Lakeview.

2nd November - Take Four - Lakeview.

18th December - Christmas Party with Sapphire Coast Quintet (with John Fry & Gordon Benjamin, omitting Joe Stokman due to illness):  Down South Jazz

Quartet; Down South Six; Don More’s Big Band - Lakeview.

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Sapphire Coastal Patrol

 

In November the Club effectively lost one of its very best musicians when Joe Stokman had a stroke which interfered severely with his playing. We live in hope that Joe will fully recover, to entertain us once again.

 

Arrangements at the Lakeview were placed on a more commercial footing than the Willows. The basic agreement was that for ordinary nights, members would continue to get in free, but visitors and non- members would be charged $5. Members of other jazz clubs would pay $2,50. We would run a raffle . We would be responsible for the band and would pay for it and the Lakeview Management would make a contribution to us.

On special nights, for instance when a visiting band was being presented at a much higher cost, members would be charged an admission fee, with visitors paying an extra $5. By arrangement, band meals and accommodation would be provided by the hotel as part of their contribution.

From the start, this arrangement has worked well, with many gigs breaking even, others showing a small profit or loss. After a very auspicious start, attendances during the winter tended to fall off. What was more worrying was that out of a typical audience of 50, only about 25 were Club members, from a Club membership of over 100. Enquiries to non - attendees brought responses such as “There is too much sameness about the music” and “There is no atmosphere in the pub”.

The Committee resolved to try to create atmosphere by decorating the tables for the Christmas party and altering the lighting, and to try to provide visiting artists or bands every second month, with local bands providing the music on alternate months.

 

1998

 

During the year, membership increased to 188, the best figure since 1984.

 

The Merimbula Jazz Festival Committee became a sub - committee of the Down South Jazz Club Committee. This, in effect, meant that the festival came under the incorporation umbrella of the DSJC, with definite advantages to the sub committee members. A series of rules was drawn up, which closely governs who can become members of the sub - committee, thereby safeguarding the future of the festival. The responsibility for policy decisions and the running of the festival remain with the sub - committee. With the resource of the DSJC people and the above rules, it  appears the future of the festival is secure.

 

The quality of sound at the Lakeview  left something to be desired. After some experimentation, a good solution resulted from the use of George Pitt’s speakers on the stage, on stands built for the purpose, with one of the Club’s speakers used as a fold back unit and the other mounted on the right hand wall near the entrance.

 

During the year, the Committee did their best to adhere to the decision to present visiting artists / bands on alternate months with local bands. The visitors were:

 

15th January - Tony Thomas, Jim Hilson and Geoff Speed (The Black Mountain front line) with John Moffatt, Bill McLean  & Walter Brunton - Lakeview.

19th March - Sapphire Coastal Patrol, with Margie Fullerton (piano), Alex Hutchinson (clarinet), Graeme Steel (trumpet), Gordon Benjamin (reeds), Peter Horton (trombone), Tony Fullerton (bass) and Ken Vatcher (drums) - Lakeview.                                                  

  16th April - Bob Barnard and John McCarthy with Margie and Tony Fullerton and Ken Vatcher - Lakeview.

5th - 8th June - 18th Merimbula Jazz Festival.

11th June - Down South Jazz Quartet with the well regarded  musicians remaining in town after the Jazz Festival - Lakeview.

24th August - Madam Pat and her Quartet, comprising  Ben Johnson (piano), Kim Rushworth (reeds), Greg Williams (bass) and Roger Kennedy (drums) -

Lakeview.

15th October - Sapphire Coastal Patrol, featuring Alex Hutchinson and Graeme Steel- Lakeview.

28th October - Swedish Jazz Kings - joint presentation with Bega Arts Council - Bega RSL Auditorium.

27th November  - Black Mountain Jazz Band - Lakeview.

17th December - Christmas Function - Bob Barnard, John McCarthy and Bernd Lhotsky with Ken Vatcher - Lakeview.

BobB
Bob Barnard - John McCarthy - Bernd Lhotsky
BlackMtJB
Black Mountain Jazz Band

The wonderful array of talent presented during the year must have matched that of many of the much larger, well established jazz clubs in capital cities. Our audience seemed to appreciate it and numbers attending and, more importantly, the numbers becoming members, grew in a most encouraging manner. The number of members attending the Bob Barnard night in December was 122 out of 139, certainly a record for the Club.

 

On the negative side, the attendance at the Swedish Jazz Kings function, again jointly presented with the Bega Arts Council, was very poor, resulting in a loss shared by the two organisations of $2,220. Considering this band is rated as one of the top trad jazz bands in the world, and the previous performance received rave reviews, it is difficult to know what to put on to obtain the approbation of the Club members.

 

                                                        

1999

 

Membership increased from 188 to 203 during the year.

 

Local musicians fees were increased from $50 to $65.

 

Purchase of an acoustic piano was investigated to comply with the requirements of visiting bands such as the Swedish Jazz Kings, but abandoned on grounds of cost and difficulty in storing, moving and tuning the instrument. In extreme cases, a piano can be hired from Ian Hargreaves in Bega.

 

A new Club banner suitable for use as a backdrop on regular gigs and also as a Club banner in jazz festival parades was purchased from Wilson Signs.

 

An attempt was made to enlarge the scope of the Club by organizing special nights to play tapes, CDs and videos of jazz bands, have illustrated lectures on specific musicians and the like but not proceeded with due to lack of interest.

 

Regrettably, Peter Horton passed away on 26th December.

 

The following bands performed for the Club during the year, all at Lakeview Hotel.

 

14 January - Society Syncopators

21 January - Sapphire Coastal Patrol with Mart Rodger from Manchester

18 February - Pierre Kammacher and Gordon Benjamin with John Moffatt, Bill McLean & Walter Brunton

18 March - Tom Baker, Roger Janes and Paul Furniss with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

15 April - Down South Jazz Quartet with Roger Janes

29 April - A Touch of Class with Kaye Payne from Tasmania

14 May - Society Syncopators

20 May - George Washingmachine Quartet

11-14 June - Merimbula Jazz Festival; Festival “ Leftovers Band”

15 July - Bob Porter’s “D’Jazzco

14 August - Pierre’s Hot Five

16 September - Zenith Jazz Band (John Edser)

21 October - Sapphire Coastal Patrol

18 November - Bob Henderson, Paul Furniss and Tom Baker with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

17 December – Christmas Party with the Black Mountain Jazz Band

Society
Society Syncopators
Patrol
Sapphire Coastal Patrol with Mart Rodger
Class
A Touch of Class

 

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2000

                   

Membership dropped to 187.

 

The following bands entertained us during the year at the Lakeview Hotel:-

 

7 & 8 January - The Society Syncopators

20 January - Bob Barnard with Jim Cullum, Kevin Hunt, Ed Gaston & Len Barnard

18 February - Alan Davey, Paul Furniss & Ed Wilson with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

16 March - D’Jazzco

24 March - The Society Syncopators

27 April - The Canberra Connection

18 May - Remembrance Concert for Peter Horton

1 June - Olympia Jazz Band (Geoff Bull)

15 June - Festival “Leftovers Band”

20 July - Alan Davey, Paul Furniss, Roger Janes with Margie & Tony Fullerton & KenVatcher

17 August - Lakeview Allstars

21 September - Down South Jazz Band with Jiri Kripac

20 October - Black Mountain Jazz Band

16 November - Bob Barnard, John McCarthy & Ed Wilson with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

22 December - Christmas Party with New Orleans Wonderdogs (Gary Simmons)

Washing
George Washingmachine Quartet
NewOrleans
Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars

 

 

Carbon Copy were appointed as printers. This was an inspired move as we have enjoyed much helpful assistance over the years from John and Peter Spinks.

Neil McGill designed a new advertising poster.

 

Membership fees were increased from $15 to $20 (renewals) and from $20 to $25 (new applications).

 

A new sound system was purchased for $6,100, complete with fold back speakers and an auxiliary speaker at the rear right side of the hall to eliminate the sound barrier effect on that side.

 

Long serving auditor Ron Doyle was forced to resign due to ill health and Stephen Clarke appointed in his place. Mr & Mrs Doyle were elected life members of the Club in recognition of Ron’s sterling work over the years.

 

To combat the effects of the GST, the Merimbula Jazz Festival Sub Committee separated from the Club.

 

The musicians attending the Peter Horton Memorial Concert referred to above

gave their services free and special collections and raffles were held to optimize receipts for his widow, Helen. $1,365.60 was raised on the night. Musicians attending were: Arthur Turner, John Marshall, Bob Porter, John Moffatt, Don More, Bill McLean, Walter Brunton, Margie and Tony Fullerton, Ken Vatcher, Ted Graves, Stephen Clark, Gordon Benjamin and Michael Young.

 

On a sad note, the 17 August gig filled at short notice by the Lakeview Allstars, was meant to be – Carol Ralph with Roger Janes, Sandro Donato, Karl Hird with Margie, Tony and Ken. Unfortunately, the day before, Roger Janes received severe injuries in a car accident, from which he ultimately died.

 

2001

 

Membership increased again from 187 to 213, our best ever. Strangely, membership seems to go up when annual fees are increased!

 

Bands performing during the year were:

 

11 January - Roger Janes Benefit night

19 January - John Cameron Jazz Band

25 January - The Society Syncopators

15 February - The Fortified Few

22 March - Paul Furniss, Tom Baker & Bob Henderson with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

6 April - The Society Syncopators

19 April - Down South Jazz Band

17 May - Alan Davey, Anita Thomas, Roy Ferrin with Arthur Turner John Marshall & Pol O’Shea

14 June – Festival gig - Rampart Street Jazz Band (Dave Drummond)

17 July - “Two Pianos” with Margie Fullerton & Arthur Turner

16 August - Des Camm Jazz Band

20 September - Paul Furniss, Bob Henderson, Tom Baker with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

18 October - Phil Mason Jazz Band from UK

15 November - Down South Jazz Quartet + Robert Moffatt

20 December - Christmas Party with all local bands

 

The benefit night held on 11 January for Roger Janes, who was seriously ill in hospital, was attended by the following musicians, who gave their services free:  Arthur Turner, John Marshall, Bob Porter, John & Robert Moffatt, Bill McLean, Walter Brunton, Margie and Tony Fullerton, Ken Vatcher, Ted Graves, Stephen Clark, Kim and Ben Rushworth and Beverley Sheehan. As usual in these cases, the hard word was put upon the audience to boost door takings and raffle proceeds with their generosity and resulted in the sum of $1,400 being forwarded to Roger. (Regrettably, Roger died on 6.3.01).

 

Local musicians fees were increased from $65 to $100.

 

The Post of Hostess was created on the Committee, with Gloria Campbell being elected.

 

We were indirectly affected by the September 11th terrorist bombings in the USA in that the 10th Avenue Jazz Band, booked for October, had to cancel.

 

Admission fees were raised for visiting bands from $5/$10 to $10/$15 and for visiting front line to $8/12 (members/visitors).

 

Concern was shown for the low attendances of Club members at our functions. Of 14 jazz nights in the past year, members attendance was 924, or 66 per night out of a membership of around 200 (33%).

 

Local musicians who played at our Christmas Party provided their services free of charge.

 

As the auditor appointed for the year ran into difficulty in devoting the time necessary to check our books due to pressures of regular business, Tony Fullerton kindly obliged.

 

2002

 

Membership declined slightly to 204

 

The following bands played for us during this year:

 

17 January - Bob Barnard and Jim Cullum with Chris Tapperell and Len Barnard

31 January - D’Jazzco

28 February - Louisiana Shakers (Ashley Keating)

22 March - Black Mountain Jazz Band

18 April - Eric Holroyd and Michael McQuaid with Margie & Tony Fullerton and Ken Vatcher

16 May - Down South Jazz Quartet with Jim Hilson

13 June - Festival gig – Jazz Lips (Paul Ingle, Nyn Hamilton vocals)

18 July - Margie Fullerton & Friends

15 August - D’Jazzco

19 September - Louisiana Shakers

17 October - Swedish Jazz Kings

22 November - Society Syncopators

19 December - Christmas Party with all local bands

BobBarnard
Bob Barnard / Jim Cullum Quartet
Shakers
The Lousiana Shakers

 

Because of an abnormally high bank balance and to encourage bigger attendances at our functions, it was decided to reduce admission fees back to $5/$10 for visiting bands or

Front liners, making admission charges the same for all categories. However, international bands and expensive Australian bands will be considered on a case to case basis.

 

Investigations were conducted into improving band lighting and also tidying up the speakers layout by installing brackets on the walls. Progress delayed until the Hotel sale was completed.

 

Tony Fullerton was appointed auditor.

 

Existing rapport between the President and Andrew Ogilvie of the ABC was considered to be very important from an advertising viewpoint and should be encouraged.

 

The Committee agreed to sponsor and encourage the formation of a concert band largely comprising young musicians. The band would operate as a sub committee of the Down South Jazz Club in the same fashion as the Festival Committee and would benefit from our insurance protection and incorporation benefits. A special annual fee of $5 was agreed upon. The band will be known as the Sapphire Coast Concert Band.

 

Initial meetings were held with the new hotel management who were happy to allow things to carry on as before. However, changes may be introduced in the future.

 

Once again, local musicians provided the entertainment at the Christmas Party free of charge.

 

2003

 

A substantial fall in membership occurred , from 204 to 183

 

We were fortunate to engage the following bands during the year:

 

16 January - Geoff Power & Alan Soloman with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

30 January - Down South Jazz Quartet

21 February - Black Mountain Jazz Band

20 March - Eric Holroyd JB with Michael McQuaid, Frank Watts & Tony Buckley

17 April - Pierre’s Hot 5

15 May – Martha Baartz with the Margie Fullerton Trio

12 June - Festival gig – ARQ (Alan Richards)

17 July – Paul Furniss JB

21 August – Down South Jazz Quartet with Kim Rushworth

18 September – Fiambre

16 October – Margie Fullerton’s Sapphire Sextet

21 November – Riviera Dixieland Jazz Band (Barry Hanley)

18 December – Christmas Party with all local musicians

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Alan Davey Jazz Band

 

Low attendances during the year continued to worry the committee. Visitors rescued the situation many times and, to try to attract more, efforts were made to inform them of our functions by interviews on the ABC, additional posters in caravan parks, etc. It also appeared that changes in the hotel food menu and prices had an adverse effect. Hotel management produced flyers, which were sent to members along with our newsletters, to explain to members what they were trying to accomplish.

                                                           

For several months, activities were transferred to the Bowling Club while renovations at the hotel proceeded. The Fiambre gig was well attended at the Sapphire Room (probably boosted greatly by local supporters of the band) but the excellent Sapphire Sextet attracted a poor response in the basement.

 

The Sapphire Coast Concert Band membership increased to 39. A regular weekly rehearsal is held and with the band reputation growing, performances were being requested at many official gatherings.

 

To our great sorrow, our much - respected Newsletter Editor and former Treasurer, Neil McGill, passed away after a year long fight with cancer.

 

As the bank balance was in a very healthy state, it was decided to pay the Christmas Party musicians $50 each.

 

 

2004

 

The following bands performed in the early months of 2004:

 

15 January – Geoff Power & Alan Soloman with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher

29 January – Down South Jazz Quartet with George Washingmachine

20 February – Black Mountain Jazz Band

25 March – Paul Furniss, Bob Henderson & Dan Barnett with Arthur Turner, Stephen Clark and John Marshall

15 April – Down South Jazz Club’s 20th Birthday – Down South Jazz Band with Jiri Kripac, Jim Hilson, Bob Porter, John Moffatt, Bill McLean, John Cursley, Walter Brunton and Bob Everard.

Margie
Tony and Margie Fullerton
DSJB
Down South Jazz Band at the DSJC 20th Birthday Party

 

 

Further discussions were held with the Hotel management regarding poor attendance at gigs. A questionnaire requesting comments on location, food and drink menus and prices, services and the type of jazz being offered was included in the Newsletter. Follow –up meetings with management are planned.

 

The jazz discussion group proposal was resurrected as hotel management had offered the use of their sophisticated facilities for screening and playing videos and CDs. Again dropped through lack of interest.

 

It was decided to relinquish rights to the title “Down South Jazz Band” on the grounds of expense and difficulty in monitoring its use.

 

The Sapphire Coast Concert Band now has 50 playing members and its repertoire and demand for performances continue to grow. Mike Lackey is our liaison officer.

 

At the time of updating the Club history, the Club is in a very satisfactory financial state (see appendix B), enabling us to subsidise top class functions for a considerable time, even allowing for reduced attendances. It is the intention of the Committee to continue to invite leading bands and musicians for the foreseeable future, thus maintaining the enviable position of the Club within the jazz community and with musicians in particular.

                                                           

Negotiations are proceeding to bring bands such as the 10th Avenue Jazz Band (USA), the Swedish Jazz Kings (Sweden), and leading Australian bands and musicians to the Club during the rest of the year. The Committee recognizes the good compromise of having top rate front line musicians backed by local musicians which provides our locals with the pleasure and experience of playing with high quality visitors and seems to please the audience as well.

 

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Acknowledgements

To Col Gould for the use of the very extensive collection of photographs assembled over the period 1989 to 2001 and for his help with the earlier history.

To Robin and Avis Willis for keeping a virtually full set of Newsletters and making them available for study. Also for the use of photographs from their own extensive photograph albums, particularly over the period 2001 to 2004.

To two former presidents, John Cursley and Ken Gordon, for recording early information in Newsletters, and for anecdotes.

To information derived from the Club’s Cash Books.

To information derived from the Club’s Minute Books.

To Terry Leonard for his time and comments in reading and correcting the manuscript.

To everyone who has helped in assembling this information.

 

Appendices:

A -Tables of Committee members.

B - Profit results and bank balances.                         

C - Results of festival raffles.

D - Locations used by DSJC.

E - Bands and Musicians who have played at the Club..

 

 

 

APPENDIX A

 

                                Membership of Committees – 1984 to 2003

 

 

Year

Position

President

Vice Pres.

 Secretary

 

Treasurer

Publicity

Music coord

Committee                 

        84

 

J. Cursley

K. Gordon

F. Percy

 

B. Cursley

F. Percy

        85

 

T. Hayes

K. Gordon

F. Percy

 

J. Bowers

F. Percy

J. Cursley

W. Percy

R. Wil;lis

J. Moffatt

        86

 

T. Hayes

K. Gordon

F. Percy

 

J. Martin

F.Percy

J. Cursley

W. Percy

R. Willis

J. Moffatt

        87

 

K. Gordon

J. Moffatt

(M. Cocks

(M. Wood

J. Martin

K. Gordon

J. Cursley

R. Willis

C. Owen

C. Gould

G. Laver

J. Laver

R. Rodger

W. Jones

C. Gordon

B. Cursley

        88

 

K. Gordon

C. Gould

(M. Cocks

(M. Wood

J. Martin

K. Gordon

J. Cursley

R. Willis

C. Owen

C. Gould

W. Jones

G. Laver

J. Laver

J. Gibbons

C. Gordon

B. Porter

G. Bolton

 

 

        89

 

G. Bolton

C. Gould

(M. Cocks

(M. Wood

J. Martin

M. Westwood

B. Porter

B. Wade

C. Owen

R. Rodger

C. Gordon

S. Della Vergin

        90

 

G. Bolton

C. Gould

M. Cocks

 

J. Martin

M. Westwood

B. Porter

K. Gordon

R. Willis

J. Cursley

 

 

Year

Position

President

Vice Pres.

Secretary

Treasurer

Newsletter

Music coord

Memberships

Committee

          91

 

R.Rodger

C. Gould

M. Cocks

J. Martin

M. Westwood

R. Wade

 

K. Gordon

R. Willis

A. Kearney

         92

 

. Rodger

C. Gould

M. Cocks

J. Martin

M. Westwood

R. Wade

 

K. Gordon

A. Kearney

R. Willis

       93

 

R. Rodger

C. Gould

M. Cocks

J. Martin

M. Howard

R. Wade

 

K. Gordon

A. Kearney

M. Swan

        94

 

R. Rodger

C. Gould

M. Cocks

J. Martin

C. Gould

J. Speer

 

K. Gordon

T. Leonard

B. Connolly

M. Howard

        95

 

T. Leonard

C. Gould

M. Cocks

J. Martin

C. Gould

J. Speer

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

M. Wood

M. Howard

       96

 

T. Leonard

C. Gould

M. Cocks

J. Martin

J. Speer

J. Speer

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

M. Wood

B. Thomas

      97  

 

T. Leonard

G. Den Hertog

M. Cocks

J. Martin

C. Gould

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

J. Speer

B. Thomas

G. Pitt

N. McGill

 

 

Year

Position

President

Vice Pres

Secretary

Treasurer

Newsletter

 

Music Coord

Memberships

Hostess

Committee

        98

 

T. Leonard

M.Cocks

J. Martin

N. McGill

C. Gould

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

 

B. Thomas

G. Pitt

S. Nixon

A. Kearney

        99

 

T. Leonard

P. Pitt

J. Martin

N. McGill

C. Gould

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

 

B. Thomas

G. Pitt

S. Nixon

K. Barker

        00

 

R. Rodger

T. Leonard

J. Martin

T. Sawyer

N. McGill

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

 

G. Campbell

G. Pitt

D. Roper

P. Pitt

A. Hyde

 

       01

 

R. Rodger

T. Leonard

J. Martin

T. Sawyer

N. McGill

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

G. Campbell

G. Pitt

D. Roper

P. Pitt

P. Sawyer

    02

 

T. Leonard

G. Pitt

J. Martin

T. Sawyer

(N. McGill

 

R. Rodger

B. Connolly

G. Campbell

G. Pitt

D. Roper

 

 

      03  

 

R. Rodger

G. Pitt

J. Martin

T. Sawyer

(N. McGill

(T. Taylor

T. Leonard

B. Connolly

G. Campbell

P. Pitt

D. Roper

R. Willis

 

 

 

Honorary and Life Members of the Down South Jazz Club Inc.

Patron:                          Bill Haesler

Honorary Members:   Graeme Bell

                                       Frank Percy

                                            Pat Thompson

             Life Members:             Ron & June Doyle

                                   

 

 

    APPENDIX  B

                       

     Profitability and Bank Balance at year end

 

 

Year

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

Bank Balance $

1891.25

1154.21

3016.51

1795.86

1544.46

1992.21

2090.96

3819.29

2189.43

2733.88

 

 

Profit/(Loss)

1891.25

(737.04)

1862.30

(1220.65)

(251.40)

447.75

98.45

1728.33

(1629.86)

544.45

 

 

 

Year

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Bank Balance $

2826.12

2799.51

3047.00

2416.93

5453.33

8722.12

11189.55

6524.24

14359.34

18049.77

Profit/ (Loss)

98.24

(26.61)

247.49

(630.07)

3036.40

2823.79

2912.43

307.69

7835.10

3690.43

 

 

                                                     APPENDIX C

 

                                              Festival Raffle Results

 

 

Year

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

Takings($)

 

694

916

824

751

1755

1653

1565

1664

1605

Costs ($)

 

104

142

196

234

249

387

396

293

407

Profit ($)

487

590

774

628

517

1506

1266

1169

1371

1198

 

 

Year

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Takings

1571

2047

1713

1764

1701

2192

2405

2364

2418

 

 

 

Costs

306

339

403

337

401

377

319

414

569

 

 

Profit

1265

1708

1310

1427

1310

1815

2086

1951

1849

 

 

 

 

                                                       

      APPENDIX D

 

                                          List of locations used by DSJC

 

 

Bank Hotel, Bega

Bega Bowling Club

Bega RSL

Black Dolphin, Merimbula

Candelo Hotel

Cobargo Hotel

Commercial Hotel, Bega

Eastern Jade Restaurant, Merimbula 

Greenacre

Hideaway Restaurant, Bega

Kameruka Estate

Merimbula Bowling Club

Merimbula Lakeview Hotel, Merimbula

Merimbula Pambula Golf Club

Sinbad, Broadwater

Steam Packet Hotel, Nellingen

Tathra Bowling Club

Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club

Tilba Winery                                             

Top Pub, Pambula

Twyford Hall, Merimbula

Willows Hotel, Pambula

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX E

                 

                     Musicians and Bands that have played for the DSJC

         

    Visiting Bands                                         

 

 

ARQ (Alan Richards)

A Touch of Class                                                             

Abbey JB (Eric Holroyd)            

Abbey JB (Eric Holroyd)      Abel Jazzmen                                                                  

Baker, Tom (Swing Street/ Chicago 7)                           

Barnard, Bob JB        

Bell, Graeme (All Stars)                                                 

Black Mountain JB

Cameron, John JB

Camm, Des Jazz Band                                  

Embleton, Jeff JB

Fiambre                                                                            

Hallam, Mike (Hot Six)                                                   

Holroyd, Eric Jazz Band

Jumping Jazz Cats                                                           

Kammacher, Pierre’s Hot 5

Louisiana Shakers JB

Mason, Phil Jazz Band

Mildewed Figge                                             

New Harlem JB

Olympia JB (Geoff Bull)                                                 

Pacific Coast Jazzmen (John Fearnley)

Pearls Before Swain (Jenny Swain)                               

Rampart Street Jazz Band (Dave Drummond)              

Riverboat Rascals (John Cursley)                                                     

Riviera Dixieland JB

San Francisco JB (Paul Furniss)                    

Shakytown Strutters                                                         

Society Syncopators                                                        

Swedish Jazz Kings

Sydney Jazz Quartet                                                       

Take Four

The Fortified Few

Thompson, Madam Pat (various)                                                      

Washingmachine, George, Quartet                                

Wonderdogs, New Orleans JB

Zenith New Orleans JB

                                                     

 

Visiting Musicians

 

 

 

Baartz, Martha

Baker, Paul                

Baker, Tom

Barnard, Bob

Barnard, Len             

Barnett, Dan

Bates, David

Benjamin, Gordon

Bonnefin, Paul           

Brown, Gordon

Cullum, Jim

Davey, Alan

Date, Ian

Ferrin, Roy

Fry, John

Furniss, Paul

Gaston, Ed

Hamilton, Nyn

Hanssen, Clare

Henderson, Bob

Hilson, Jim

Holroyd, Eric

Hughes, Dick

Hunt, Kevin

Ingle, Paul

Janes, Roger              

Kammacher, Pierre   

Kripac, Jiri

Lhotsky, Bernd

McCarthy, John

McQuaid, Michael

Polites, Nick

Power, Geoff

Rodger, Mart

Rushworth, Kim

Rushworth, Ben

Sheehan, Beeverley

Soloman, Alan

Speed, Geoff

Stokman, Joe

Tapperell, Chris

Thomas, Anita

Thomas, Tony

Wilson, Ed

Wilson, Pippa

 

 

         Local Bands                                             

 

 

 

D’Jazzco

Down South Jazz Band

Down South Jazz Quartet Down South Six

Southern Swing Quartet Sapphire Coastal Patrol

 

Sapphire Coast Quartet

 

Local Musicians

 

 

Arnold, Les

Berg, Christer

Brunton, Walter

Clark, Stephen

Cursley, John

Daniels, Ted

Everard, Bob

Fullerton, Margie

Fullerton, Tony

Gardner, Bev

Gibbons, Charlie

Gibbons, Corinne

Gordon, Ken

Graves, Ted

Horton, Peter

Howes, Denis

Lawrence, Don

Marshall, John

McGill, Neil

McLean, Bill

Marquis, Stephen

Moffatt, John

Moffatt, Robert

More, Don

O’Shea, Pol

Pascoe, Barry

Pitt, George

Porter, Bob

Robertson, Peter

Speer, Joe

Suffern, Leanne

Thomas, Freddie

Turner, Arthur

Vatcher, Ken

 

 

 

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