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President's Message July 2020

It is hard to believe that our last Jazz Night was over four months ago on Friday 13 March.   The date did not seem ominous at the time but in hindsight one wonders.

The Committee met on Monday 13 July at the City Golf Club.   The main item on the agenda was the possible re-opening of the Club.   The North Toowoomba Bowls Club has undertaken a major upgrade of facilities at their venue and full credit must go to those in charge of the renovation.  They have done a great job.    New caterers “Two Hands Kitchen” have been welcomed to the facility with dinner available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch.   The Bowls Club is only able to be back in action due to their strict adherence to rules set down by the Government in relation to gatherings at Club.   With the Jazz Nights commencing at 7.45 pm some crossover of patrons having dinner and those coming to listen to jazz is inevitable.   Numbers allowed in the Bowls Club are limited due to COVID 19 restrictions.  Our Committee in consultation with the Bowls Club has decided that the best way forward is to give the Bowls Club time to settle their new dining experience so we can best judge how to manage Jazz Nights.   We have earmarked a “possible” opening date to coincide with the second week of Carnival with a theme “Welcome back to Blooming Jazz”.   It is a case of “watch this space”.  

The Committee was also mindful of the loss of income that has been suffered by our local musicians.   Should we be able to open this year it is our intention to support as many of the local bands as possible.  All gigs booked for the year had to be cancelled given the unchartered waters caused by COVID 19 and our sincere thanks go out to those musicians for their understanding.  We hope to welcome bands from outside Toowoomba next year.

An important item on our meeting agenda was a review of our Constitution undertaken by Treasurer Frank Appleton.    The Constitution like many of us is a bit long in the tooth but it was decided to work with what we have rather than make a change at this stage.   Special attention was given to membership and the running of the AGM.  Adoption of several recommendations by our Treasurer will assist the smooth running of the Club in the future.   Thanks must go to Frank for his efforts which were appreciated.

Another issue raised at the meeting was the loss of value for membership due to our inability to hold Jazz Nights.   The following motion was put to the meeting (in line with the Constitution) and supported unanimously –

  1. To compensate current financial members of the Toowoomba Jazz Society for loss of access to the Club due to COVID 19, the 2019 – 2020 financial year membership be extended until 31 Dec 2020. 
  1. Membership fees for the 2020 – 2021 financial year to be reduced by 50% and to be due and payable on 1 January 2021. 
  1. To encourage new members to join between the recommencement of jazz nights (whenever that may be) and 31 December 2020 new members to be given the benefits of membership as stated in item 1 and 2 above. 
  1. Further reductions/amendments/extensions to membership be considered should the Club be unable to hold any Jazz Nights between now and 31 December 2020 due to COVID 19 restrictions. 

One bright spot during our closure was the wedding of long time members Bill White and Paula Mercer.   The Committee had great pleasure in raising their glasses to the new Mr & Mrs White. If you haven’t seen their wedding photo head to the Gallery on this website.  It has brought a smile to many faces.   We wish Bill and Paula all the best for their future.

The AGM was a further item on our agenda.    At this stage we are planning to hold the AGM in early September.   Notice of the AGM will be sent out in early August together with Nomination Forms for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members.   The Constitution is silent on the number of Committee Members required therefore anyone who is interested in any of the positions will be welcomed.    Voting at the AGM for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will only occur if more than one nomination is received.   If no nominations are received for one or all of the positions nominations will be called from the floor.

The Committee is also investigating the possibility of obtaining a Grant from the Council to pay for an update of our sound equipment.   I have been in talks with the officer from the Council and have been encouraged by the response I have received.   A sub-committee has been formed to investigate this matter further.  

One of the many fall outs from COVID 19 has been the creation of an almost cashless society.   The Committee is aware that many people no longer feel comfortable handling cash.   Our Treasurer has volunteered to investigate the possibility of the Club obtaining an eftpos machine.   We look forward to Frank’s report at the next meeting and will keep you informed on the progress of this issue.

I am sure I speak for most of us when I say we are sad to be missing our Jazz Nights.   One highlight for me during this time has been discovering “Rainy Day Jazz” on Spotify.  If you are able to download the free Spotify App to your phone I highly recommend it.  The program of numbers in this particular selection makes for wonderful listening any time.

Till we are able to catch up again at the next Jazz Night I hope this update finds you well and coping in what can only be described as “unbelievable times”.  

Best Wishes

Michele Alroe

President

 

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

President’s  Message, 14  January 2020

Welcome to 2020, a new decade and great jazz at the Toowoomba Jazz Society.

News has come through from the North Toowoomba Bowls, that due to financial constraints, meals will no longer be available on Friday nights. I know that, I for one, will miss not having to cook a meal. But I also appreciate that the Bowls Club have been trialing new ideas for some time and unfortunately they did not result in increased numbers through the door for dinner.

On the bright side, the Toowoomba Jazz Society is looking forward to a year filled with some top visiting bands and, of course, supporting our local bands.

We open the year on Friday 31 January with local Darling Down’s band “Black Velvet Quartet” featuring Graham Muller on keys, vocalist Deeny Kohler-Coporale, Camillo Lanzafamo on bass and with Neville Jess on drums. A great way to welcome jazz to the new decade in Toowoomba.

Visiting bands on the horizon include some great local musicians in “Days of Wine and Rosier” on 14 February, “3 by Four” featuring Connor Sharp from the ABC program “The Recording Studio” who will be appearing on Friday 28 February, “Girl Friday” a popular band from the Sunny Coast’s hot jazz, blues and swing scene booked for Friday 13 March and on Friday 24 April we will welcome the 13 piece big band “Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra” from the Gold Coast focusing on exciting sounds and high energy big band music.

I look forward to catching up with you on Friday 31st January and ask for your support in the year ahead. We have a wonderful line up for 2020 so spread the word to family and friends.

Michele Alroe

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

 

SPECIAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE RE CORONAVIRUS – 17 MARCH 2020

The committee met last night to discuss the impact the coronavirus could have on our members.

It was the unanimous decision of the committee that jazz nights be postponed at this stage until Friday 12 June 2020.  Whilst it may be a difficult decision, health experts around the world are in agreement that the best way to slow the transmission of the virus is for people to practice social distancing.  Unfortunately that is not possible on jazz nights.   Given that many of our members fall into the high risk category we felt it our duty of care to our members, their families and the wider community to take this action.  

The decision to postpone jazz nights was not taken lightly but we believe all members and musicians will agree that the health and safety of our members and those who attend the functions is our highest priority.

We have had just an amazing start to this year with every gig being a great success and the committee were looking forward to continuing to bring you good jazz over the coming months.   It is sincerely hoped that come June 2020 life will be back to normal and we can all meet up again at the North Toowoomba Bowls Club to enjoy a night of jazz.

Should circumstances change in the coming weeks I will be back in touch with an update – otherwise – see you on 12 June 2020 when we will be entertained by well known local group – On Ya Bike.

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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