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LEGENDS OF JAZZ EXHIBITION
The Victorian Jazz Archive Inc proudly celebrates our Legends of Jazz with a pictorial history exhibition of the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band. The display was officially opened by Lee Treanor (banjo player with original band) on Saturday, 10th April 2010.
Melbourne’s Yarra Yarra Jazz Band has been one of Australia’s leading Jazz Bands for 50 years and this exhibition celebrates their story. Formed in 1959 by Maurie Garbutt, Bob Brown, Lee Treanor and Eddie Robbins, their inspiration was the New Orleans music of George Lewis, Ken Colyer and the Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band.
No band comes into existence without reference to the musical culture of the day. In the late 1950s this predominantly meant swing bands at Town Hall dances on Saturday nights – themselves a reflection of the Big Band era in the USA and memories of the war-time forces bands. As well, there was the last-hurrah of the Frank Johnson Fabulous Dixielanders; the beginnings of TV orchestras and the spill-over to the new and rather daring nightclub at the Chevron Hotel and, finally, scattered at odd and out-of-the-way places, a few Jazz Clubs. The important one of these to this story is The Mentone Lifesaving Club where, on a Sunday night, you could hear the Bob Barnard Jazz Band.
The display at our Wantirna premises is open to the general public on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 3:00pm until mid July 2010.
The Australian Jazz Convention
This exhibition commenced on the 29th September 2009 and ran till the end of March 2010. It presented a pictorial history exhibition of the Australian Jazz Convention which is now in its 64th consecutive year.
This exhibition was dedicated to all musicians, committees and jazz enthusiasts who have contributed to this unique event over its lifetime.
Ross Anderson's - "New Melbourne Jazz Band"
This exhibition was opened on the 22nd November, 2008 by Heidi Victoria MP - MLA for Bayswater. It covered a history of the band from the "Spinsters Ball" - through the "Storyville Allstars" to the "New Melbourne Jazz Band" and featured pictorial history, Audio, Video and Memorabilia exhibits.
The Fitzgibbon Dynasty
We honoured the Fitzgibbon family who are arguably one of Australia's most prominent families in entertainment circles including music and stage. Their contribution to Australian Jazz is both significant and exciting.
We featured three generations of
this talented family including Minnie - Maggie - Graham "Smacka"
- Nichaud - Mark and Andrew. Smacka Fitzgibbon became a jazz
icon performing for and presenting his talent to enthusiastic
audiences between 1949 and 1979.
Location: Archive Premises
Bilarm - Swaggle Recordings
Featuring posters, photographs and memorabilia collected by Bill Armstrong (considered by many of his peers to be the doyen of Sound Engineers in Australia) during his 55 years associated with the recording industry - and Nevill Sherburn of Swaggie Recordings.'
Gems from the Archive
Featuring non-thematic material of special interest from the Victorian Jazz Archive Collection, including posters, photographs, clothing, banners, and musical instruments.
Location: Archive premises
In celebrating Graeme's 90th birthday, the exhibition featured many of his early works, photographs, musical instruments, clothing, posters, paintings, and other memorabilia.