Carols, pizzazz and all that jazz

Pip Avent on tuba, Andrew Dunn on washboard, Cam Robbins on clarinet and Tony Allan on banjo are among the six members of Castlemaine's Mouldy Jazz outfit getting set to perform at this evening's Rotary Carols in the town's lush Botanical Gardens. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb
Plenty of pizzazz is ensured when six piece jazz outfit Mouldy Jazz does its thing at this evening’s live carols event in Castlemaine.
This time the town’s lush botanical gardens set the scene for the annual Rotary event which, with a lively line-up of music acts, promises a festive feast.
It’s one that’s likely to be particularly well savoured by the members of Mouldy Jazz as the accomplished group had only just formed when COVID struck back at the start of 2020.
“In the last two years we’ve had a lot of gigs cancelled,” founder, Castlemaine muso Pip Avent says.
Now demand for bookings is such that the six members of Mouldy Jazz are regularly in danger of double-booking themselves, the outfit’s clarinetist, Cam Robbins, says.
“We’re very busy now. We’ve all got gigs coming in and we’re all in other bands.”
Getting gigs again is food for the soul for these local musos and others Australia-wide. Read more in today’s Mail…