Strong Debut – Jazz in July 2013 – The Rex Theatre Charlton, Victoria

Posted on July 26, 2013


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Get set to put Jazz in July 2014 in your diaries, because it has started with a strong debut!  Not even Saturday’s chilly, blustery weather, threatening rain (with snowfalls in some parts of the country!) could spoil the warmth and cheer of this festival start.  The Street Market went very well, Magic Lantern Show from David Demant fascinating and informative, mini vintage trunk show from Art of Elegance Fair traders Rose of Corridor Art Gallery and Jill of Medjool did very well in the foyer, and the fabulous retro snack bar and coffee machine didn’t really get down time!  Truly Madly Deeply trio melted away any effects of the cold weather outside with sultry nostalgic vocals from Paris Payne, satisfying even the most sensitive jazz fans.  Prizes were won, good food was had at the local eateries and vintage hotels, and everyone loved the look and feel of the treasure that is The Rex Theatre,  easily transforming into a busy, jumping jazz vibe venue.   “Late Night Radio” cabaret with Paris Payne and Louis Payne on vocals, backed by a brassy ensemble of talented musicians, had everyone mellow and soulful in the warm Deco theatre, then stamping their feet and calling for encores by the end.  Highly recommended for the curious who are thinking of attending next year, watch this space, because it’s going to grow.  Late July 2014, keep in touch for updates, because patrons said they wouldn’t leave the comfort of the homestead for anything on a cold winter night, but Late Night Radio was worth it, and they would be back again.  Others left the venue singing “I’ve Got Rhythm” through the main street!  Hot B. Hines jazz band had a fantastic time on the Sunday and everyone loved their show.  See you next year!  A big thank you to the Committee of The Rex for having everyone there, Charlton as a town for having the instinct to believe in the 1938 Deco Theatre comeback, those who supported it, and the patrons who attended and enjoyed it all.

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Fabulous Rosy and Esther for Corridor Art Gallery  JIJ 2013 Window Display Rex

Jill at JIJ 2013  Me at JIJ 2013 Again Medjool 5  photo Rosy Jewels Orig Art by Jivian Lambaert 1923

words and location images, copyright M. Roleff 2013

performance images copyright J. Pollard, 2013 (See Jazz in July 2013 Facebook page for more images to come.)

Photos: from top Paris Payne, Louis Payne – (l-r) Ken Collins (The Hot “B” Hines), Jack Pantazis (Truly Madly Deeply), Daryl Eastcott (Late Night Radio) – Rex Theatre – David Demant Show – Rose Hardress Corridor Gallery – Rex Theatre