Welcome to the Toowoomba Jazz Society

President’s Message April 2020

With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and lockdowns I thought I would bring you up-to-date with the Club’s current position. In my last message I said we hoped to be up and running again in June but as you would all realise this date is looking more and more unlikely. Until the Government gives the all clear for Clubs to re-open the North Toowoomba Bowls Club remains closed. Even when Clubs are allowed to open there may be limitations on numbers in a room so it is all a big “wait and see” at the moment.

Our music coordinator Bill White will be contacting, out of courtesy, any bands booked for June, July and August should the shutdown be still in place and therefore their gigs automatically cancelled.

Sadly this shutdown has seen the passing, on 12 March 2020, of one of Australia’s top jazz musicians Don Burrows.  Many members will remember Don’s first visit to the Jazz Society’s Club rooms in Water Street. Supper and jazz with Don. A big step up for the Society, a wonderful night’s jazz and superb dinner for all.  For me the afternoon at Bon Amici’s will be one I will never forget when a packed house saw the late Peg Russell take over from the very talented Kevin Hunt on keyboard to join Don Burrows in a medley of jazz favourites. Another much respected local musician, the late Rod Kent, was the drummer for the gig. I remember one number in particular “Blue Skies”. To be given the opportunity to sing with such great musicians was certainly a moment I will always remember.  Well-known local and very talented musicians Paul Hendon, Frank Earley and Jon Rotteveel also joined Don and Kevin during the afternoon.   What a jam session that was.   If you didn’t get the chance to see the recent Australian Story episode on Don and James Morrison I recommend you can find it on Iview.  An amazing partnership/friendship and heartwarming story.  A jazz lover’s must see.

There have been very few highlights during this tedious lockdown. One exception was the news of the marriage of Bill White and Paula Mercer. Originally planning a September wedding they decided to tie the knot in their garden on 15 April. Many of you may have seen the news via Facebook or our website site but if not a photo of the happy couple is attached. I have alerted Bill and Paula that once jazz nights are back they will need to have their dancing shoes ready for the Bridal Waltz.

We are still planning to hold the AGM in September all going well but will be in contact with you about that meeting closer to the date.

Do hope you are all safe and well and finding productive things to do.  I suspect cupboards haven’t been cleaner, sheds tidier and gardens so well-tended.

Best wishes

Michele Alroe


The Toowoomba Jazz Society welcomes you to join us for our great lineup of jazz events throughout the year. We hold gigs on the second and last Friday of the month from the end of January to the end of November.

Events are at the North Toowoomba Bowls Club – Cnr Lemnos and Elworthy Streets, North Toowoomba,4350

Gig starts at 7.45pm and finishes at 10.45pm.

Gig costs: Members of both North Toowoomba Bowls Club (bowlers) & the Toowoomba Jazz Society $15, visitors $20 (cash only – ATM available) Group Concessions available.

Please note that meals are no longer being served at the bowls club.

Music featured is generally mainstream including traditional jazz, swing and latin with a small amount of other genres. Listen to some excellent local bands as well as performers from other parts of Australia and the world. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments for the jam session on most club nights.

Enjoy an evening of fantastic live music and dancing in a great setting with plenty of parking and easy access. We have a lucky door prize and bring some change for the raffle with two prizes each night of wine and CD’s. 10 tickets for $5 or 3 tickets for $2.

For general inquiries please email [email protected]

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