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Jazz Notes CD ‘A Smooth One’ – it’s here!

It took a little longer than we expected but we are thrilled to have our CD available NOW for purchase.

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We hope you enjoy our first CD: we certainly loved recording the tracks!

There are 18 tracks from Ann and Kevin and one bonus track from Caught In The Act! with Ashley Thomas (saxophone), Tony Luxmoore (keyboard), Frank Morgan (bass) and Simon Atkinson (drums).

At this time of social distancing, there are no festivals or venues at which we can have a CD launch so we have had a virtual CD launch: thanks to John Kumnick of 96.5 Inner FM.

It’s the perfect time to imagine you are having your own private concert, so pour a glass of something special and maybe some lovely cheese as an accompaniment, sit back and enjoy A Smooth One.

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We are already working on our second CD (from a distance) and we have a rather large repertoire but would welcome your suggestions.

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Australian Jazz Convention 2017 – Jazz Notes Duo, Rick Correnza and the House Cats

The Australian Jazz Convention 2017 was held again in Ballarat and Jazz Notes appeared there in various guises:

  • Ann and Kevin again performed as the Ann Craig Duo and were joined for one piece by Tonia Baker.
  • Rick Correnza fronted Ann, Kevin, Frank Morgan (bass) and Marek Podstawek (drums)
  • The House Cats, house band of the Melbourne Music Performers: Ann Craig (flute), John Calamatta (saxophone), Gareth Voigt (saxophone), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Ashley Thomas (keyboard), Stan Van Hooft (bass), Marek Podstawek (drums).

28 and 29 Dec 2017

Photos by Marion Blazé

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Here’s one near home!

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Coming to Ringwood North on Sunday 23 July, 2017, 2-5pm.

 

Ann Craig (flute)

Kevin Blazé (guitar)

 

Taking requests.

 

Join us for a drink, coffee, afternoon tea or a meal at:

Rosebank Restaurant and Receptions

147-151 Warrandyte Rd

Ringwood North 3134

 

Thanks to Joseph Darmenia for the photograph.

 

In various guises at Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival

21-23 Oct 2016

The inaugural Halls Gap Jazz and Blues Festival with Jazz Notes in various guises:

  • the Ann Craig Duo – Ann Craig (flute) and Kevin Blazé (guitar)
  • Pippa Wilson with Jazz Notes – Pippa Wilson (vocals), Ann Craig (flute), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Frank Morgan (bass), Marek Podstawek (drums)
  • Flute, Vibes and Tw Gits –  Ann Craig (flute), Marek Podstawek (vibes and percussion), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Frank Morgan (bass)
  • Jazz Notes and Friends – Pippa Wilson (vocals), Ann Craig (flute), Ashley Thomas (saxophone), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Tony Luxmoore (keyboard), Frank Morgan (bass), Marek Podstawek (drums)

Most photos by Ashley Thomas

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Ann and Kevin return to Open Studio

After a year’s absence, Ann and Kevin returned to Open Studio, Northcote.

A listening audience(!) making requests.

Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)

 

Photos by Marion Blazé

 

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The Ann Craig Duo at the Australian Jazz Convention 2015

The Ann Craig Duo played on 27 Dec in the Provincial Hotel and then the last set of the night (28 Dec 2015) in the Miners’ Tavern.

 

Ann Craig (flute)

Kevin Blazé (guitar)

 

Photos by Marion Blazé

 

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At Open Studio again

Very happy to be invited back to Open Studio.

Thanks to all the Meetup people who came along.

 

Sat 25 July 2015

Photos by Marion Blazé

Jazz Notes hits the airwaves

Peter O’Brien of 3ECB (Eastern FM) kindly invited Ann and Kevin to his afternoon radio program.

We played 5 songs (apparently the first time for live music in their studio) and talked about what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up.

Photographs by Marleen Pruys

Mon, 13 July 2015

 

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Jazz Notes returns to Burrinja Café

Burrinja Café has undergone renovation and change of management. During that time, there was no live music.

Jazz Notes opened Burrinja’s Sunday afternoon program on 28 June 2015.

It started with Ann Craig (flute) and Kevin Blazé (guitar). They were joined by Daniel Pickard (bass) and, for the second set, Wade Morgan (vocals).

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé
Sun, 28 June 2015

 

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Jazz Notes debuts at Open Studio

The duo of Ann and Kevin debuted at Open Studio on Saturday, 18 April, playing the late afternoon set.

We’ll return on Anzac Day and have been invited to make a more regular arrangement.

Thanks to everyone who came and for the kind comments:

‘great to witness such musical expertise from this duo!’
‘you guys were fab, well done’

Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)

Photographs by Marion Blazé
Sat, 18 April 2015

 

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The Ann Craig Duo – a hit at the Grampians Jazz Festival

The Grampians Jazz Festival 2015 saw Ann & Kevin playing as ‘The Ann Craig Duo’ (we played under ‘Jazz Notes’ with Pippa Wilson).

The Duo’s first set was early in the programming and the room was filled for what was described as ‘Gentle Jazz’. In fact, we covered jazz, pop, classical, folk, … .

Although one the photographs might suggest some tension, it was ALL light-hearted and the audience joined in the fun.

We were quite overwhelmed by the response. Many people returned for our second set and some followed us in our other bands.
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Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Photographs by Marion Blazé

Fri, 13 February 2015 and Sat, 14 February 2015

 

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Jazz Notes at The Treble Clef Jazz Lounge

We didn’t know it, at the time, but this was our last event at The Treble Clef.

A few days later, it was announced that The Treble Clef would be closing for a year or so, while Damon, Bernie and Chris take a break and seek a larger venue. Our thanks to them for supporting us and live music generally and best wishes for the future.

Ann Craig (flute)
Kevin Blazé (guitar)

 

Photographs by Marion Blazé

Sunday, 14 December 2014

 

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