DIXIELAND BAND: Greg Butcher, Malcolm Starr and Rod Cowell play for GDSC GM operations Nathan Whiteside, promoting the launch of the newly formed Big River Jazz Club. Photo Adam Hourigan
DIXIELAND BAND: Greg Butcher, Malcolm Starr and Rod Cowell play for GDSC GM operations Nathan Whiteside, promoting the launch of the newly formed Big River Jazz Club. Photo Adam Hourigan

Jazz club musicians to start on a high note

JAZZ musicians from the newly formed 'GDSC Big River Jazz Club' are looking forward to their first public performance in the Jacaranda Festival Parade on Saturday, November 2.

It will be a moving experience, with a Dixieland band performing on the back of a large Pantech truck donated for the day by Bloomer Transport.

The club is the brainchild of local identities Malcolm and Coral Starr and with the musicianship and experience of musical director Greg Butcher, has commenced rehearsals in the past few months with a 6-7 piece Dixieland band.

The club was formed with the aim of performing traditional-style jazz and big band music, a niche style of music not catered for and different from the musical clubs already established in the Valley.

A Glenn Miller-style swing Big Band is also in the making next year, including vocalists for Big Band dance nights.

The Grafton District Services Club is their main corporate sponsor, and support from retiring club manager Arthur Lysaght and new manager Nathan Whiteside has made it possible.

Buckley's Music, Accent Hearing, McPhee Print and 2GF have also come on board to help kick it off.

The jazz club has also acquired the illustrious services of local identity Mr Ron Bell from Radio 2GF as their patron.

The jazz musicians are also looking forward to the official launch of the club on Saturday, November 30 at the GDSC in the Les Beattie Function Room.

Commencing at 7.30pm, a night of toe-tappin' jazz will feature 'The Wizards 5' jazz band who are regulars at the Bellingen Jazz Festival, together with our very own 'Big River Dixielanders'.

Tickets for the launch are available from the GDS Club at $10 each.



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