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The Story of Me and Juzz (I mean Jazz)- Part 1

I am not entirely clear of when I first got into jazz. And yes, this will be one of those retrospective essays where the writer always knows where they are heading, but pretends to discover gems along the way, walking blindly towards an obvious outcome. Yes, indeed.

In all honesty, it wasn’t until writing this down that I remembered the first story about myself and jazz. I was back at school, during assembly, and a friend of mine played a song on piano entitled something titular like Jazz for Teens or Jazz Hearts Start Young– something stupid. I remember thinking it sounded awful.

And that was my earliest memory of live jazz. Not a great one, but it sparked a series of moments that formed my early understanding of the genre, as follows:

1.       Lisa Simpson of The Simpsons

Lisa is at a venue called the Jazz Hole. She is in the crowd watching an electrical violinist on stage.

Guy: [Unimpressed] Hmph, sounds like she’s hitting a baby with a cat.

Lisa: You have to listen to the notes she’s NOT playing.

Guy: [Still unimpressed] Pssh, I can do that at home. Continue reading

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The Review Revue- Uptown Jazz Café

Uptown Jazz Café

177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

www.uptownjazzcafe.com

The Uptown Jazz Café is a fine establishment just north of the Melbourne CBD. Surrounded by pubs and boutique shops, it is a little hard to find- a small white sign next to an open doorway is the sole visual cue- but the sound of jazz pouring down the stairwell is a giveaway.

Climbing the stairs you enter the bar and are immediately taken to another time and place. The décor is warm and inviting, candles cast a red glow over the tables, and a wall-length mirror gives a feeling of space.

The staff are friendly and the bar is stocked with the usual array of spirits and bottled beer. Peckish patrons can also order Japanese snacks and meals at the bar, with Uptown billing the traditional flavours of the fare ‘Tokyo style’. Continue reading