Jazz and Swing days are back

Greg Englert's (left) Armstrong Tribute Band at the Jazzleague

Live jazz and swing sessions are back at the Central Coast Leagues Club (CCLC) after a pandemic induced hiatus.

The CCLC Jazzleague has been a local music institution for almost 30 years, having featured incredible live music for local aficionados and new comers alike.

Over the years the sessions have been a showcase for the famous bands of the last century such as Graeme Bell Stars, the Paul Furniss San Francisco Jazz Band and Tom Baker’s Chicago Seven.

To kick off a new monthly format, the August 7th session will feature legendary trumpeter Greg Englert and his Armstong Tribute Band together with some of the Central Coast’s finest jazz musicians.

Greg is one of a few trumpet players to have played Louis Armstrong’s trumpets at the Louis Armstrong Archive and has performed with the Louise Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland in New York City.

The new monthly format will be held on the first Sunday of the month in the afternoon from 2 pm to 5 pm.

The coming month’s sessions are locked in with September featuring Dorian Mode’s Bathtub Gin Orchestra, October’s session led by Carolyn Packer’s Rhythm Aces and in November The Great Gatsby Orchestra will be playing Charlestobera hits.

The Jazzleague has had a diverse range of activities over the years, including trips to Jazz Festivals, special events and river cruises.

Jazzleague president Peter Cowden said, “Young bands have been introduced to the Jazz Family and over $65,000 in scholarships have been awarded to encourage Jazz for youngsters by way of members’ donations & fundraising”.

All ages are welcome and entry is free, though partons are asked to buy a $10 strip of raffle tickets to help pay for the band.

More information about Jazzleague can be found on their website: jazzleague.net

David Abrahams

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