WELCOME TO CHAPEL JAZZ 2013

 

Morpeth Chapel Jazz is a joint venture of the three churches

of Morpeth. Until the 1980s, Morpeth was a rundown village

in fear of demolition. Then it was slowly rejuvenated as a

destination and what was left of its charming buildings rescued

from the bulldozer. A few local businesses joined together to

establish a small jazz festival in the bicentenary year of 1988.

The jazz festival soon acquired a life of its own and by 2000

had developed into a major event. Swan Street was closed for

the weekend. By 2004 it had become too difficult logistically

and the crippling costs of insurance made such a street festival

unmanageable.

In 2009, the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches joined

together to present ChapelJazz and bring traditional jazz

back to Morpeth. All the music is played at the churches

or Closebourne, except the Saturday night function at the

Commercial Hotel.

The aim of ChapelJazz is to present traditional jazz in a

welcoming environment to jazz lovers and their families and

provide an enjoyable community experience. We do, however,

need to cover our costs and so we are sincerely grateful to our

sponsors. We ask you to patronise our sponsors, and buy raffle

tickets, tea, coffee and refreshments at the venues to help keep

this a free event.

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

 

FRIDAY 17th May

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Dinner Dance St James Anglican

New Orleans Quartet

$45 pp for three-course meal and complimentary champagne

on arrival. Other drinks – BYO

SATURDAY 18th May

10.00am – 1.00pm Free

Café – Church of the Immaculate Conception

Hunter Valley Grammar School Band

Hunter Valley Grammar School Vocal Ensemble

Hunter School for the Performing Arts Band

SATURDAY 18th May

1.30 – 4.30 Free

Closebourne House Morpeth

Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band – Sponsored by Closebourne

7 – 10pm Free

Commercial Hotel Morpeth

Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band

SUNDAY 19th May

9 – 10am Free

Ecumenical Service Morpeth Uniting Church

Frenchman Street New Orleans String Band

10am – 1pm Free

Café – Morpeth Uniting Church

Le Toot Ensemble

10.30am – 1.30pm Free

Campbell’s Store

Frenchman Street New Orleans String Band

12.30pm – 3.30pm

Jazz Gourmet Lunch at Lillies and Limes (BYO)

3/165 Swan St. Bookings Essential 0427 547 170

 

 

 

THE BANDS

GEOFF BULL’S OLYMPIA JAZZ BAND

Geoff’s band is the headline band for the weekend and

will feature at Closebourne and the Commercial Hotel on

Saturday. Geoff will lead on trumpet with Paul Furniss (reeds)

and Eric Gibbons (trombone) completing the front line.

Rhythm is by Paul Finnerty (banjo), Rachel Hamilton (piano),

Guy Thompson (bass) and Anthony Howe (drums).

LE TOOT ENSEMBLE

Jim Lyons leads le Toot Ensemble and plays a nice line in

trumpet with Goldie on reeds. Piano is by Colin Hanson,

drums by Kevin Lancaster and bass by Chris Dawson. The

band plays a mix of traditional and more modern tunes and

will be at the Uniting Church from 10 am on Sunday.

FRENCHMAN STREET NEW ORLEANS STRING BAND

WITH JACK MCLAUGHLIN

Jack McLaughlin takes us back to the roots of New Orleans

and Preservation Hall. Featuring Jack on a rare Eb clarinet, the

band will be providing the music for the combined church

service at the Uniting Church on Sunday morning as well as

at Campbell’s Store from 10.30am

NEW ORLEANS QUARTET

The New Orleans Quartet is led by trombonist Eric Gibbons,

who doubles on alto saxophone. Other members are Guy

Thompson (bass), Greg Griffiths (banjo) and Rachel Hamilton

(piano). They will be providing the music for the Friday

dinner dance

HUNTER SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

STAGE BAND

The HSPA Stage Band is an ensemble featuring students from

year 8 through to year 12. The ensemble was established to

help students get a feel for the requirements of a professional

musician. The band plays for many different occasions

from award nights to HSC performances and regularly at

the Newcastle Jazz festival. The band plays many different

styles of music and is a vehicle for students to develop their

arranging skills

HUNTER VALLEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL BAND

Hunter Valley Grammar School Stage Band and Vocal

Ensemble are outstanding instrumental ensembles made up

of the school’s finest instrumentalists and singers. They were

runners up in the 2011 1233 “Cover Loving” Competition.

Also in 2011, they underwent a tour to Brisbane and the

Gold Coast, performing at the theme parks as well as being

featured artists at the Cavill Mall Walk For Peace charity

event. Shortly after ChapelJazz the band will leave for

Tasmania to complete a week long performance tour.