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Errol Buddle. Saxophonist. Born in Adelaide, April 29, 1928. Died Sydney, February 22, aged 89. Buddle continued playing well into his 80s. For his last 15 years, with increasingly limited mobility, he lived in state housing accommodation in The Rocks, then Potts Point on the ninth floor with views of the city, Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Afraid of going into a nursing home, he loved his apartment, and died there peacefully. R.I.P.

Adelaide’s Errol Buddle ...    

The Archive is proud to continue our free public seminars held in the SCOTS CHURCH Admin Centre

Cnr North Terrace & Pulteney Street, Adelaide

The last FREE Book Club Seminar for 2017

All jazz enthusiasts are welcome to our next free seminar on coming Wednesday 8 November 2017

All jazz enthusiasts are warmly welcome to hear two talks about and with the music.

Book Club on 17 September 2017

All jazz enthusiasts are welcome to our next free seminar on coming Wednesday 16 August 2017
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Nick Polites Turns 90

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Nick Polites, a much loved Melbourne clarinettist turns 90 on the 2nd of July 2017. Born in Melbourne in 1927 Nick started playing alto saxophone at 14 years of age and took up the clarinet at 16. As he wrote recently with the advent of World War 2 “ Because so many older musicians had been called up for military service, I was sought after to join bands well before I had achieved any sort of proficiency “.
Nick commenced his recording career with the Frank Johnson Dixielanders in 1951, since then he played regularly with the Allfrey Street Stompers, the legendary Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band in the late 1950s – early 1960s and with the Louisiana Shakers for the last thirty years and currently at their Sunday afternoon gig at the Clyde Hotel in Elgin Street Carlton where no doubt there will be much celebration next Sunday.
The Victorian Jazz Club will also celebrate Nick’s remarkable contribution to Australian jazz on Wednesday the 19th of July between 7.30 and 10.00 pm at the East Malvern RSL with Nick and the Louisiana Shakers. In the front line Nick will be joined by Joe Pryke on trumpet, Les Fithall on trombone & vocals, Andy Symes on banjo, Peter Grey on bass and Kevin Bolton on drums – some of Australia’s most experienced musicians who will be joined no doubt by many surprise sit ins.

THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN JAZZ ARCHIVE Inc proudly announces twin seminars:

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All jazz enthusiasts are welcome to our next free seminar on coming Wednesday 12 April 2017
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SCOTS CHURCH Admin Centre Cnr North Terrace & Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Wed 13 April 2016

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm      Mike Hudson & Jim Smith

                                                                            Two Takes on Swaggie: A Tribute to Nevill Sherburn

Wed 25 May 2016

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm      Darrell Coggins          Jazz & the Guitar
3.10 pm – 4.00 pm      Greg Pyne                   Conversing with the early Bill Evans


Wed 6 July 2016        

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm      Al Seaman                  From the Clouds: Remembering Django
3.00 pm – 4.00 pm      Colin George              Sonny Criss: Sonny Who?

All jazz enthusiasts warmly welcome!

Light afternoon tea, wheelchair access & lift available;
for further information contact (8322 2912)
or Don Hopgood  (8326 3795)


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70th Australian Jazz Convention - Ballarat, Victoria AJC Ballarat 2015

26 - 30th December 2015
The 70th AJC will present premium Australian jazz across venues in the historic quarter of one of the gold mining icons from Boxing Day until New Year's Eve.  Musicians will jam in parks, on the street, and in the pubs in addition to programmed performances accessible through registration for the week or a day pass.

 To all young Jazz Musicians & interested parties

The South Jazz Club inc. in conjunction with the Walkerville RSL is planning to start a Junior Jazz Gig venue. 
The aim is to establish a regular venue for young Musicians to play.

The first event is planned for late 2015 / early 2016 with regular Gigs following

Age group  - Under 25

Venue  - Walkerville RSL Hall

Venue availability  - Sundays (excluding the last Sunday in each month)

Time  - 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Music Style  - Jazz (your chosen style)

Band sizes  - Trios to Quintets

No. of Band per event  - 5 or 6

Entry Fees  - Minimum to cover costs so young audiences can afford to attend

Whilst the Southern Jazz Club promotes Traditional & Mainstream Jazz is not a mandatory style. We do however ask & encourage musicians to include Traditional & Mainstream Jazz music in their future repertoire & that it will be played in the appropriate style.
In this endeavour the SCJ will provide & pay for suitably qualified Musicians to Tutor in these styles.

The ultimate goal is that this will lead to the formation of a "Junior Jazz Club" with regular blows & with Junior Musicians being involved in the running of this Club.

Would each recipient of this information please pass it on to at least 3 or more of their Musician mates. (create a "chain email")

Please contact me to register your interest & or have your say.
Craig Carle  


Congratulation to LIZ WALTER and JOHN WATTS who will be admitted to
the Hall of Fame of The Southern Jazz Club
on Saturday, August 29, 2015
at their Supper Dance Award Night.

Band: Bill Polain's ROYAL JAZZ
Venue: The Highway, Cnr Anzac Highway & Marion Road, Plympton, SA
Cover charge: $20.00 SJC members, $25.00 non-SJC members - Light Supper included
Bookings: 0419 030 595


During 2015 the Archive is presenting seminars on evolution of jazz
All jazz enthusiasts are welcome to these free public seminars
held six-weekly on Wednesdays from 2pm - 4pm
in the SCOTS CHURCH Admin Centre
Cnr North Terrace & Pulteney Street, Adelaide

WEDNESDAY 19 August 2015
2:00PM - 3:00PM  Jim Smith - Australian Jazz 1930 - 1960 The Big Band
3:10PM - 4:00PM  Darrell Coggins    Charlie Parker; Bird & Bebop

Jim Smith    Australian Jazz 1930 - 1960:  The Big Bands
By the 1930s Australia had big swing bands resident in most states supplying music for dancing and enjoying popular acclaim similar to the big swing bands of the United States.  Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide all had their big bands many of which lasted through until the 1960s.

The seminar will feature the history and recordings of the big bands of Frank Coughlan, Jim Davidson, Maurie Le Doeuff, Frank Buller and many, many others from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Darrell Coggins    Charlie Parker: Bird & Bop
He died at the early age of 34 years and yet Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, a leading figure of bebop, left a huge legacy of recordings; he was, and still is, influential amongst many musicians.

Darrell will trace Parker’s life and music – from Kansas City to New York and Los Angeles. 

Come and hear some of his earliest recordings, along with a selection of both his lesser and better known pieces.


Seminar Programme

During 2015 the Archive is presenting seminars on evolution of jazz
All jazz enthusiasts are welcome to these free seminars
held six-weekly on Wednesdays from 2pm - 4pm
in the SCOTS CHURCH Admin Centre
Cnr North Terrace & Pulteney Street, Adelaide:

Jane Shoebridge & John Watts
The Famous Benny Goodman 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Jim Smith - Australian Jazz 1930 - 1960s: Big Bands
Darrell Coggins - Charlie Parker: Bird & Bebop

Jan Darling - More Modern Jazz
Rex Quirk - Ensemble Jazz

Ron Spain - Great Swinging Divas
Mike Hudson - Barber, Bourbon Street & swaggie

Light afternoon tea, wheelchaie access $ lift available
for further information contact (8322 2912) or
Don Hopgood, (8326 3795)

  Members are advised that the
2015 Annual General Meeting

of the South Australian Jazz Archive Inc
will be held on the ground floor
of the Scots Church Administration Centre,
corner North Terrace and Pulteney Street, Adelaide

on Monday 24 August, 2015 from 7:30pm

 Congratulations to Adam Page, new JAZZ SA Co-ordinator


Contact Adam at

Book launch "JAZZ VOICES - Hot music in the city of churches"

Donations to the SA Jazz Archive Inc are now TAX Deductible

Good news for you and for us: Donations of $2.00 and over are now claimable against income in your tax returns.

Donations can be made EITHER on the SA Jazz Archive Inc website at Home Page
 using your credit card trough PayPal or directly to SA Jazz Archive Inc and posted to:

SA Jazz Archive Inc, 90 Eve Road, Bellevue Heights, SA 5050, Australia

Receipts are issued for all monies received.
Note that this benefit is applicable only to donations - Archive membership fees are not tax deductible.

Your kind donations will assist the committee and volunteers to continue their excellent work collating, preserving and displaying South Australia's jazz history and jazz memorabilia. Thank you!