Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The four string banjo in Sydney, NSW...Jazz banjo.....The Sydney banjo band rehearsing at Club Ashfield in Sydney...details of a special previous rehearsal.....and future dates in 2017

The Sydney Banjo band still continues strongly and the last rehearsal for 2016 is coming up on the Thursday 15th December 2016...the several of us will be at the 71st Australian Jazz Convention at Ballarat in Victoria from the 26th to 31st December 2016. 
The SBB will play two sets there with other banjo players from other areas in Australia who can't get to the Sydney rehearsal due to distance etc...we are looking forward to meeting up with them....
Next year, 2017, rehearsal dates are finalised....



Thursday, Jan.19th



Thursday, Feb.16th



Thursday, Mar.16th



Thursday, Apr.20th



Thursday, May 18th



Thursday, June 15th



Thursday, July 20th



Thursday, Aug.17th



Thursday, Sept 21st



Thursday, Oct.19th



Thursday, Nov.16th



Thursday, Dec. 21st 

Same venue, Club Ashfield in Charlotte Street, Ashfield, beside Ashfield Railway Station ...playing starts 6.45pm to 9pm...many of us meet earlier for a meal in the Club's bistro or for socialising. 
The bistro opens 5.30pm....


 I mentioned a previous special rehearsal.....
On 6th March 2012 I organised for those interested in the band to attend the former Sydney Harbour ferry, the "South Steyne" moored in Darling Harbour as a restaurant..where we played and then had a meal.....
A couple of photos.... 







 Sadly the "South Steyne" was removed from the Darling Harbour mooring, supposedly for wharf restoration and has been at a mooring in Berry's Bay for almost a year....

 
 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

The four string banjo in Sydney, NSW...Jazz banjo.....The Sydney banjo band rehearsing at Club Ashfield in Sydney...details of some previous rehearsals.....and future dates in 2016

The Sydney Banjo Band has been having monthly rehearsal for several years now and continues it with dates, listed below for the rest of this year 2016.
Recently...Wednesday 18th May 2016 we had our monthly rehearsal at Club Ashfield,a few photos from the night.
We continues to see people finding the group and four more have started to come...mandolin,banjo ukulele,ukulele- they all fit in.
The rehearsal dates for the rest of 2016 are....

Thursday 16th June 2016
Thursday 21st July 2016
Thursday 18th August 2016
Thursday 15th September 2016
Thursday 20th October 2016.....*****this date may change to Wed.26th
Thursday 17th November 2016
Thursday 15th December 2016

Rehearsals are still at Club Ashfield, 1-11 Charlotte Street, Ashfield...beside the Ashfield Railway Station on the northern or Parramatta Rd side.....parking in the street or at the Club's carpark, cnr. Bland and Elizabeth St, entrance through the nearby petrol service station.
On the first floor in the Charlotte function room beside the bistro.
We start playing 6.45pm through to 9pm, we supply the chords for all the tunes we play on the night and the rehearsal is free.
We have some 10 or more stringed instruments with often a piano, tuba/trombone and snare drums to assist in time keeping.
Many of us meet up from 5.15pm in the bistro for socialising, a drink and or a meal before the night starts.
More information from Dennis 0407.250.692 or sydneybanjoband@gmail.com














Sunday, 18 January 2015

The four string banjo in Sydney, NSW...Jazz banjo.....The Sydney banjo band rehearsing at Club Ashfield in Sydney...details of some previous rehearsals.....and future dates.

The Sydney Banjo Band has been having monthly rehearsal for several years now and continues it with dates, listed below for the rest of this year 2015.
Recently...Thursday 15th January 2015 we had our monthly rehearsal at Club Ashfield, and were pleased to have as a visitor Patrick Longhurst from the Toronto Banjo Band in Toronto, Canada.
Patrick's been twice now over the last few years fitting in a rehearsal with visits to his son and family in Sydney.
I loan him a Vegavox 1 plectrum banjo and music stand and as usual I make up with the help of Hugo Pfandler the chord sheets for the program for the nights rehearsal which we provide to all who attend...
An example of a page from a previous  rehearsal....
From the 15th January 2015 rehearsal.....
 Cliff Parsons uses an electric banjo he made up the other year....nice sound it has to....
R to L....Gary McFetridge, Patrick Longhurst from Canada and Barry Graham....
Views of the guys playing....
As usual a big thanks to the guys keeping the rhythm....Jim Morrell on snare drum, John Bates on tuba and vocals, Bradley Newman on piano...
Its not usual for us to have other instruments playing, but Gabriel Ristori from Switzerland...on soprano saxophone...comes into Sydney over the Christmas period each year for the Australian Jazz convention...the 69th last year was in Swan Hill, Victoria on the river Murray which is the border between NSW and Victoria...he usually comes to the Bridge City Jazz Band Friday night gigs before he flies out home but mistook the night so we had him play a chorus in several songs we did...
I've arranged all the rehearsal dates for the rest of this year 2015 with the exception of December which will be announced a little later in the year....
Third Thursday of the month....
At Club Ashfield, 5 Charlotte St., Ashfield, beside Ashfield Railway Station on the northern side...we usually assemble around 6pm or a little earlier, some for a meal, other to socialise with the playing starting 6.45pm through to 9pm...
We cater for all 4 string banjos with an occasional acoustic guitar ( no amplified guitars...) and ukelele or banjo ukelele...
Chords always available for all on the night....


Normally the third Thursday of the month....

April 16th

May 21st

June 18th

July 16th

August 20th

September 16th....WEDNESDAY...September 16th note altered date...Club Ashfield needs the room on the usual Thursday 17th


October 29th...October 29th note altered date...DQ is overseas on the usual Thursday 15th

November 19th
December 3rd  December 3rd  note altered date...the Club needs the usual Thursday 17th




Saturday, 5 July 2014

The four string banjo in Sydney, NSW...Jazz banjo.....The Sydney banjo band rehearsing at Club Ashfield in Sydney...details of some previous rehearsals.....and future dates.

And again DQs not been up to scratch with details of previous Sydney Banjo Band rehearsal so a couple of pics from those over the last few months....
From the 29th May 2014 rehearsal.....
Cliff Parsons leads the band with chord melody for much of the nights program with Bill MacLean.




27.02.2014 rehearsal...Ed and Bill, Geoff in background....
19.06.2014 rehearsal....
Future rehearsal dates........N.B HAVE HAD TO ALTER SOME DATES
ALL THURSDAY NIGHTS....mostly the 3rd Thursday of the month


Thursday 31st July 2014


Thursday 21st August 2014...altered
Thursday 18th September
Thursday 16th October
Thursday 20th November

Thursday 4th December.....note this earlier night in the month
Thursday 15th January 2015
Thursday 19th February 2015
All at Club Ashfield.....
In the first Floor bistro/function area, we get there around 5.30 to 6pm for some socialising, a drink or a light meal, with the rehearsal starting at 6.45pm through to 9pm....
All welcome...free admission... 
Beginners through to advanced players....
We provide the chords for the music played on the night...

Friday, 21 February 2014

The four string banjo in Sydney, NSW...Jazz banjo.....The Sydney banjo band rehearsing at Club Ashfield in Sydney...details of some previous rehearsals.....and future dates.

Well DQs not been up to scratch with details of previous Sydney Banjo Band rehearsal so a couple of pics from those over the last few months....
From the 3oth January 2014 rehearsal.....we had a visitor from the Toronto Banjo Band of Toronto,Ontario, Canada...Patrick Longhurst. Patrick first visited us around this time last year. I loaned him a Vegavox 1 plectrum banjo and he was away and is shown pictured next to Barry Graham on the acoustic guitar.
The night of the 30th January 2014
 Bradley Newman has become part of our rehearsals with his regular piano accompaniment and he does some nice solos...
 John and Ed...
 David, Bill and Gordon....
Michael and Hugo....

Ted Gerome of the Pittsburgh Banjo Club "Skypes" DQ.... sadly due to health problems Ted couldn't come out to Australia this summer.....
The December 2013 rehearsal was held on the 12th...



 Future rehearsal dates........N.B HAVE HAD TO ALTER SOME DATES
ALL THURSDAY NIGHTS....
Thursday 27th February 2014

Thursday 20th March 2014

Thursday 17th April 2014...altered

Thursday 29th May 2014

Thursday 19th June 2014...altered

Thursday 31st July 2014

Thursday 20th August 2014...altered

All at Club Ashfield.....
In the first Floor bistro/function area, we get there around 5.30 to 6pm for some socialising, a drink or a light meal, with the rehearsal starting at 6.45pm through to 9pm....
All welcome...free admission... 
Beginners through to advanced players....
We provide the chords for the music played on the night...