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THE Phillip Island Jazz Club has once again spon-
sored awards to local senior and junior music students
at both Newhaven and Wonthaggi Secondary Colleges.
The awards were presented at the club's recent an-
nual jazz festival, by leading jazz musician Paul Furniss
during the Sunday session of the program.
Recipients this year were Newhaven College students
Sean Coleman (junior) and Emma Volard (senior) and
Emmett Dempsey (junior) and Brittney Taylor (senior)
from Wonthaggi Secondary College.
Recipients of this year's Phillip Island Jazz Club annual sponsorship awards are pictured. From left,
they are Sean Coleman, Emma Volard, Brittney Taylor and Emmett Dempsey. The students are pictured
with jazz musicians who entertained at the event Paul Furniss (right) and standing from left, Ron Gilbert
and Mark Elton.
Island jazz festival encouragement awards
THE 2015 annual Phillip Island
Jazz Festival, which was a sell out
weeks before the opening night,
has been described as a huge suc-
The event has gone from strength
to strength over the last decade,
with tickets already being snaped
up for next year's festival.
With some of Australia's finest
jazz musicians gracing the stage in
the Bass Room at Ramada Resort,
the scene was set again this year
for music of an exceptionally high
Club president and the festival's
musical director Robin Blackman
commented that it is indeed rare
to see such musical excellence
brought together on one stage.
Opening night kicked off with the
first appearance of Licorice Allsorts
and the return of The Syncopators.
Licorice Allsorts stunned those in
attendance with a sound produced
by a group with three reeds on the
front line; namely Paul Furniss,
Jack Wiard and Peter Buckland,
ably supported by Bruce Gourlay
on piano, Mark Elton on bass and
Ian Smith on drums.
They opened their first set with
a rousing version of Sugar Foot
Stomp much to the delight of the
The Syncopators put in their
usual strong performance with one
of the many highlights being in the
second set with a number of Louis
Armstrong tunes featuring.
Rod Gilbert (drums and vocals)
had the crowd ecstatic with his in-
terpretation of the tune 'Now You
Has Jazz' from the film 'High So-
Southside Jazz fronted early on
Saturday with the red hot versions
of the well-known, traditional tunes
they are renowned for.
Just what you needed to have the
audience wind up early on the sec-
JMQ led by trumpet/flugel horn
John Montesante produced some-
thing quite different offering mod-
ern takes on blue note standards.
The group also backed the very tal-
ented Tamara Kuldin who's vocals
were a hit with the audience.
Festival regulars Shirazz hit the
stage late on Saturday afternoon
and thrilled their adoring fans with
two sets of great tunes including
some new editions to their reper-
Old favourites such as Roll The
Patrol and their closing treatment
of Tiger Rag was greeted with much
Saturday night Licorice Allsorts
returned to be part of a double bill
with Creole Bells Revival Band and
some outstanding entertainment
was provided by both groups.
Highlight of the evening was the
half hour jam session which cli-
maxed with a stirring version of
Royal Garden Blues. Visiting UK
jazz trumpeter Tony Davis also
joined the group which swelled to a
Sunday saw the Gospel Hour fea-
turing Creole Bells Revival Band
and Beverley Sheehan who were
all in sparkling form. Gospel fa-
vourites such as On Revival Day,
Roll Jordan Roll and Down By The
Riverside featured prominently.
The audience joined in vocally and
hand clapping became the order of
Then came one on the absolute
highlights of this year's Festival.
Unknown to many but favourites
of Phillip Island Jazz Club mem-
bers, the jazz manouche group
La Mauvaise Reputation won the
hearts of the audience with tunes
such C'est Si Bon and La Vien Rose
and many well-known Reinhardt
Those present stood to a man and
gave a standing ovation that seemed
to go on forever. A reaction reserved
for only the best.
Honkey Tonk Boogie Band a ma-
jor success at the 2014 Festival
returned with a new frontline and
additions to their song list. Their
lively presentation once again re-
ceived the seal of approval from the
Nolte Bros Novelty Six, a prod-
uct of Andrew and Mark Nolte was
an immediate favourite. Dressed
in period garb with Andrew com-
plete with straw boater the group
proceeded to play tunes from the
1920's and earlier, interrupted
briefly by Andrew's one liners. The
tunes played are too many to list
but Animal Crackers and Horses
were two that provided great reac-
tion from the audience.
One of the unsung heroes of
the event was James from DCAP
Sound who received many compli-
ments from the visiting groups for
his professional standards.
The weekend concluded with six-
ty stayers heading to the Fat Seagull
to among other things celebrate
pianist Bruce Gourlay's 80th birth-
day with an impromptu jam ses-
sion among the highlights and a big
slice of cake for Bruce.
Roll on 2016 -- be sure to get your
Good reasons why jazz
festival was a sell out!
Members of the Phillip Island Jazz Festival Committee are pictured, from left, they are Jill Boyce, Robin
Blackman, Vicki Clark, Roger Clark, Nola Fenech and Jim Lalor. Absent when photo was taken Tony Mercer.
Paul Furniss and Jack Wiard, members of the Licorice Allsorts, on opening
night at the Phillip Island Jazz Festival.
Opening night attendees at the Phillip Island Jazz Festival were, from left, Ian
and Judy Pascoe, Anita McDonald and Pam Phillips.
Enjoying a break from civic duties at the Phillip Island Jazz Festival on open-
ing night was Cr Andrew Phillips, pictured with his wife Tracey (left) Julie Wills,
and Joy Niven.
This happy group enjoying the Phillip Island Jazz Festival together are (stand-
ing) George Bosomworth, Tony Mercer and Fred Lodge, with from left Lynore
Mercer, Sheila Korda, Janet Lodge, Joe Korda and Joy Bosomworth.
Gwen Heron enjoys a chat with bass player Mark Elton at the island jazz festival.
The Nolte Bros Novelty Six, a group put together especially for the Phillip Island
Jazz Festival, was a great hit with festival goers. Members are Sean Nihill, Camp-
bell Shaw, Russell Oxley and Mark Nolte. Seated: Rob Moffart and Andrew Nolte.
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