Tweed Valley Jazz Club gets ready to rock
THE Tweed Valley Jazz Club will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala celebration at the Condong Bowls Club later this month.
Established by a group of jazz enthusiasts in the backyard of a Murwillumbah home in 1996, the club is now recognised as one of Australia’s oldest jazz institutions.
“There is a jazz club in Sydney that has been going since the 1940s and I believe that is the only one in Australia older than us,” Tweed Valley Jazz Club secretary Peter Hurcombe said.
Mr Hurcombe, who is among the founding members, said the club had immediately struck a chord with jazz fans and musicians eager to perform.
“It started in River Street and pretty much straight away they went to Greenhills,” he said.
“In its heyday the place was packed – there’d be up to 200 people there.”
Club members continued to gather at the famous Greenhills venue each month for about 15 years before a shift to the Condong Bowls Club.
Mr Hurcombe said the club remains a popular venue.
“We still meet the last Friday of every month and we still have a great variety of jazz bands playing,” he said.
The club will mark its anniversary milestone at the Condong Bowls Club on Friday, June 24.
The Early Birds, featuring founding Jazz Club president Col Hobson, will launch the celebrations when they take to the stage at 6pm.
They will be followed by the Red Wine and Cheezie Grins jazz band featuring former club president Peter McLaughlin on bass. He will be joined by Harry Lynn on keyboard, Colin Jones on trumpet, saxophonist Trevor Rippingale and drummer Owen Smith.
“We’re hoping for a huge night,” Mr Hurcombe said.
Tickets are priced at $10 for members and $15 for visitors. Bookings are essential. Enquiries, phone 6672 2238.