A wonderful selection of local and interstate Jazz artists are bringing their unique flair and original vibe to The Memo St Kilda Jazz Summit including some of Melbourne’s finest jazz exponents covering styles from 1920s to the sounds of today.
From glorious a capella voices with inspiring world music rhythms to uplifting gospel.
From raunchy blues belting to Swinging hot Jazz and the essence of New Orleans.
Come and delve into a variety of genres from nostalgia to new compositions by some our very finestand dance the night away at The Speakeasy Ball.
Cup Weekend November Friday 1st to Cup Eve Monday November 4th
[FROM THE MEDIA RELEASE]
The Memo Music Hall St Kilda Jazz Summit came about when Nichaud Fitzgibbon and John McAll attended a wake for the illustrious drummer Lindsay Copeland (who played for Smacka Fitzgibbon for many years) which was held at The Ember lounge. Tour Manager Steve Copeland organised for both Nichaud and John to perform a song. It came out through conversation and Steve mentioned that his dad had played and recorded in the Memo Hall and that they used to record a lot of Jazz big bands there. John mentioned that Wangaratta Festival was not happening this year and that we should do something and Nichaud had the same thought so many meetings later they combined their artistic talents with the expertise of producers Simon Myers and Leticia Maher and the The Memo St Kilda Jazz Summit was born.
Simon also thought it would be a great idea to pay homage to the Jazz matriarch of St Kilda Ruby Carter who had encouraged so many Jazz performers during her years. Ruby used to sing upstairs at The Winnebago lounge regularly and had been a St Kilda fixture in the Jazz scene for many years. Simon thought it would be very special to rename it The RUBY CARTER LOUNGE. So it will be launched on Sunday November 3rd with a very special gathering of Melbourne’s finest – the best of the best – hosted by Miss Jane Clifton.
Expect to hear some gorgeous ballads all hand picked from Ruby’s repertoire.
Simon has confirmed he will be hosting regular Jazz gigs in The Ruby Carter lounge on Sundays.
We are also honouring two of our most loved artists – Vince Jones and Renee Geyer.
Vince Jones was living in St Kilda when he first came on the music scene and he of course went on to become one of our most loved original Jazz singer songwriters.
Renee Geyer is our Queen of Rhythm and Blues who has always had a love of a great Jazz Ballad. Our greatest Soul singer ever has a history with St Kilda herself.
Finishing up with a Cup Eve Speakeasy Ball – a return to the flamboyant old days of 1920s jazz extravagance – launching the debut of Molly and The Prohibition singing the songs of Bessie Smith plus the authentic sounds of 1930s with The Cairo Club Orchestra-direct from the Miss Fisher TV series – and a blast off with the young Turks of Jazz, The Jazz Party.
Saturday Nov 2nd MEMO MUSIC HALL
- Main Act -Renee Geyer sings her favourite Rhythm Roots and Blues 9.30pm
- Jules Boult & The Redeemers -pianist singer/ song writer New Orleans style Blues & Grooves 8pm
Saturday Nov 2nd UPSTAIRS @ THE RUBY CARTER LOUNGE
- Syncopators 3pm 6pm 2 x 50 mins sets Tribute to Louis Armstrong
- Kafka & The Winos aka Jonathan Skovron Trio all singing all playing New original material 6.30 / 7pm
- Alma Zygier The Commoners Debut of her new Original Project 8.30 / 9pm ish
Sunday November 3rd MEMO MUSIC HALL The Delight of Voices -A Cappella, World music
- CoCo’s Lunch 1 x 50 mins 3.15 4pm Debut of their latest CD
- South Side of the River Choir arvo 2pm start 30 mins
- Main act -VINCE JONES & THE HEAVY HITTERS 8pm evening
Sunday November 3rd UPSTAIRS @ THE OFFICAL LAUNCH OF THE RUBY CARTER LOUNGE
- Tribute to Ruby Carter & Her Favourite Sons & Daughters 3pm 6pm/ 6.30ishFeaturing some of Melbourne’s finest singers and musicians – Rebecca Barnard, Nina Ferro, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Michelle Nicolle, Julie O’Hara,Jex Sarrelaht , Tamara Murphy, Darryn Farrugia, , Julian Wilson, Eamon McNelis, Doug Devries, Ray Pereira.Curated by Nichaud Fitzgibbon;Jane Clifton MC
- Followed by Screening of Kaye Blum’s Film St Kilda Jazz Stories (38 mins) 7.30 / 8pm