Membership fell yet again to 86.
“Non – Club” Jazz twice a month started at the Candelo Pub, with Bob Porter’s Back Alley Five.
Again, due to lack of finance, visiting musicians were limited to:
15th January – Pat Thompson & Nyn Hamilton – Tathra Bowling Club.
6th March – The Abel Jazzmen – Tilba Winery – joint venture with Batemans Bay Jazz Club.
26th March – Tom Baker’s Swing Street Orchestra – Kameruka.
29th October – Black & White Ball – Jeff Embleton’s Jazz Band – Twyford Hall.
To show how the best laid plans can go wrong, a couple of days before the Tom Baker gig , the local licensing sergeant stopped the performance being held in the restaurant. Undaunted, we hired a marquee and held the night in the grounds in Kameruka; truly a memorable night, witnessed by about thirty enthusiastic fans.The band and ourselves agreed the acoustics were superb.
In discussing the Ball band, none of us had heard of the Jeff Embleton band but the Lavers reckoned it was the best band at Thredbo, so we booked them. They were very good, but finishing the music for the Black and White Ball at eleven thirty was definitely unappreciated by the large crowd, who were just getting warmed up!
Pity Harko wasn’t there!