Alex Hutchinson's tracks from all four of his CDs, , including the Youtube hit success - "The Road to Gundagai", are now available on iTunes.
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Thanks to Jane La Scala for this excellent Youtube video.
September 2011. Amora Hotel Riverwalk in Melbourne, Australia.
Alex Hutchinson (left) clarinet, Peter Uppman playing trumpet,
Brian Davies on guitar and Mark Elton on bass.
Alex who plays clarinet & saxophone, describes his playing as being strongly influenced by swing, mainstream and the modern jazz styles of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Buddy De Franco - whom he regards along with Eddie Daniels and Tony Scott to be the world's truly great jazz clarinet players.
Clarinet LOVE AFFAIR is Alex Hutchinson's latest CD released in December 2007. He is joined by Mark Fitzgibbon piano, Geoff Kluke bass, Sonja Horbelt and Dave Beck drums, the result...
"a swinging jazz outing with plenty of imagination, integrity and individualism. If in the past you have flirted with saxes and had flings with piano trios, consider a new adventure, a clarinet love affair. Alex and the gang are just the musicians to make it happen." Steve Robertson PBS-FM's Jazz on Saturday.
During his recent trip to China, Alex had the good fortune to sit in with a quartet led by a fine black American tenor sax player Eric Wyatt at the CJW Jazz Club in Shanghai (pictured right)
In Beijing, through his friend Alice Wang he made new Chinese friends Zhang Yong Xun and Zhang Ming Yang (below)
ALEX HUTCHINSON WRITES
The Musicians' Club of Victoria
Melbourne jazz legend Alex Hutchinson laments the passing of the Musicians Club, in the latest edition of the Fab Fifties Musos Group Newsletter. Many would recall the 'Musos Club' in Queens Rd as the hub of late night music, as well as a handy place to score a drink after hours.
lub kept such a secret?".Hutchinson queries "why was the decision to wind up the c
"There is no doubt in my mind that the Musos Club was of great importance in Melbourne's music scene, going back in my case to the early 1950s when the club was located in Little Collins St in the City."
"Perhaps the saddest aspect is that it appears that nobody was told of the actual decision to wind up the club. As one of the comparatively few Honorary Life Members of the club, I, for one, would have liked to have been advised, not that I would have opposed the club's closure."
Company records show that The Musicians' Club of Victoria was deregistered on January 23, 2005. The public company, limited by guarantee, was first registered on Janury 18, 1923.
Graeme Bell - jazz pianist
Further to Jessie Lynch's accolades about jazz pianist Graeme Bell (Observer, May17), often referred to as 'the father of Australian jazz': I must say I was dismayed to see his name missing from the recently published list of the 100 Australian Entertainers fo the Century.
After all Graeme is a true Aussie jazz pioneer in that he toured Europe with his band in the 1940s. I first met Graeme in December 1955 at Lorne and I subsequently toured South Australia with the Graeme Bell All-Stars in 1955 and 1956.
Graeme has had an unbroken career over the last 70 years and despite having officially retired, he will no doubt continue to perform from time to time. Not bad for a man who turns 92 later this year.
But sadly in the entertainment industry it seems that talent is not always a pre-requisite to be successful and one only has to peruse the list of the selected 100 entertainers to detect some of the nebulous talent who are apparently 'well connected'.
Alex, we tend to agree.
JAZZ LEGEND ENTERPRISES
Alex Hutchinson is the sole proprietor of JAZZ LEGEND ENTERPRISES, a free jazz advisory service which also represents ex patriate American pianist, Mickey Tucker who just released his latest album Now & Then.
JAZZ LEGEND ENTERPRISES presents
Now & Then
Mickey Tucker and Accomplices
Artie Shaw Tribute
The passing of Artie Shaw is indeed a sad day for dedicated players of the licorice stick of which I am one and in effect only two of the greats remain viz Buddy De Franco and Tony Scott. Fortunately I had the pleasure of hearing Artie Shaw when he visited Austalia in the early fifties. Vale Artie