Jazz club defying doom predictions
TWEED Valley Jazz Club seems to be hitting a high note with its growing membership. The club, now in its ninth year with more than 250 members from Brisbane down to Lismore, is also the envy of jazz buffs in other regional towns which lack such a dedicated group of jazz lovers. But it's also hard work for club volunteers organising and setting up for their regular gigs, local festivals as well as workshops for schools. Yesterday several members were kept busy preparing for last night's performances by Queensland outfit the Tom Nicholson Jamm and singer Lesley Rose at the club's venue, the Greenhills Reception Centre in Murwillumbah. Club vice-president Joan Daniels said several Lismore jazz buffs, who don't have a regular jazz club, attended last night's gig "to see how we're doing it". On October 29 at Greenhills, the club sees the return of its most popular performer to date - jazz violinist/singer George Washingmachine from Sydney, accompanied by some of Australia's best guitarists, Nigel Date and brothers John and David Blenkhorn, with bass player Stan Valacos. The last time George played for the club, with guitarist Ian Date, the Greenhills venue was packed. Long-time club secretary, sax player Graham Robinson, said that when the club formed in 1996 "we were told we wouldn't last six months, so to be here almost nine years is quite an incredible achievement". "But we would not have survived without the support and sponsorship of Greenhills owners Paul Irwin and Michael Hoare," he said. For information on the club or upcoming events contact Joan on (02) 6672 3190.