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Upbeat Christmas Jazz
The Caxton Street Jazz Band is recognised both locally and internationally as one of Australia's leading jazz bands. Almost forty years since its inception, the band presents hot, swinging jazz in a manner than elicits enthusiastic responses from listening and dancing audiences at either end of the spectrum. Members of the band include some of Australia's leading jazz players in their idiom, as well as two instrumentalists who are also vocalists.
Named after its first venue, the Baroona Hall in Caxton Street Brisbane, the band became prominent in the 80s with its long running stint at the 'Jazz 'N Jug' sessions at the Caxton Hotel, as well as loads of performances during that era at the Australian Jazz Conventions and other festivals.
The variety of the CSJB's repertoire has in part been responsible for the band's unprecedented popularity in recent years, with demand for its performances coming from jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and community and private functions throughout Queensland and northern and central New South Wales. The band's ability to stay true to its roots while still being able to entertain is testament to the quality of the music and musicians, and shows that jazz can have wide public appeal when performed in the manner of the Caxton Street Jazz Band.
Their versatile repertoire (which is demonstrated on its CDs, "It's About Time", "It's About Time…2″ and "Live sessions at the Brisbane Jazz Club"), and its tight and hot playing supplemented by attractive vocal performances have much to do with its appeal to a broad range of audience, and especially to keen dancers.
The band have been regular performers at Sunshine Coast Jazz Club events for many years and once more return by popular demand for the Jazzy Christmas show on Saturday 6th December.
Whether you're a dancer or a listener, you will know the numbers from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Band Leader is Bob Mair on Drums and Washboard, John Braben trumpet, Paul Williams Tenor Sax and Clarinet, Tom Nicolson with Trombone, Banjo and Vocals, Bernice Haydock Piano and Vocals, with popular Andrew Shaw on Double Bass, will be playing some songs from their latest CD.
Book your Christmas Table now, Members $20, Seniors/U3A $22.50, Public $25