An Evening at the Jazz Café 2023

01 June 2023

The annual Jazz Café was held in the Sylvia Brose Hall on Friday, 26 May. By any measure, it was a huge success and has become a highlight of the musical year at Glenaeon. Our fabulous Glenaeon Big Band, Concert Band and Jazz Combo, as well as Year 7/8 Concert Band Ensemble and various pop-up groups, provided a wonderful evening of music and fun.

The audience was entertained by jazz classics like Summertime, Blue Moon, Tuxedo Junction, Georgia on My Mind, Tequila and Sidewinder, as well as popular favourites like Pharrell William’s Happy, and many, many more. Sincere thanks to the band leaders – Ian Munns, Christine Young, Adriaan Mees and Alleyne Moss, as well as our instrumental tutors, who prepared the students so beautifully.

Warmest thanks also to the dedicated group of parent volunteers, led by Melony Browell, Ally Seymour-Smith, Sabine Simmonds, Holly Keys and Kerry Hill and all the parents and families who helped make it such an enjoyable event. Your contribution of food, items for the hamper, sweets and bread were so appreciated. Thanks also for the amazing donations to the wonderful raffle. Over $2500 was raised on the night, money that will go towards new instruments and equipment for the students. We are aiming to purchase a bass clarinet with the money from this year’s Jazz Café.

Keep an eye out for details of upcoming Music events, especially the return of the Concourse Concert on Friday, 11 August. Almost every student from Class 5 to Yr 11 will perform at the Chatswood Concourse Concert Hall on this evening, and if Jazz Café is any indication, it will be an evening to look forward to. Mark the date in your diaries now!