3000 shades of grey in the mood at Broadbeach jazz festival

AS A 70-year-old flautist blew a smooth blues version of 50 Shades of Grey, a collection of 3000 shades of grey were settling in for a weekend of lively music at the Broadbeach Jazz Festival, held last month at the Oasis complex.

Seniors dominated audiences over two days as a stellar line-up of Australia's finest jazz musicians performed hot standards in the style of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra.

Seniors Newspaper watched as two jazz lovers in their mid-80s weaved their wheelie-walkers in and out of a throng of elderly dancers, keeping pace with a version of Glen Miller's In the Mood, performed by Galapagos Duck, one of the best known jazz bands in Australia.

The "Duck" was formed in 1969, playing at The Basement in Sydney, and some of the original members of the band, now in their 70s, took to the stage at Broadbeach.

Carmel, a Gold Coast pensioner and jazz enthusiast, is pictured with new and old members of the group at the jazz festival – Mal Wood (trumpet), John Conley (double bass and bass guitar), Willy Qua (saxophone, flute and drums), and Richard Booth (sax, clarinet, trombone and steel drums).
Carmel, a Gold Coast pensioner and jazz enthusiast, is pictured with new and old members of the group at the jazz festival – Mal Wood (trumpet), John Conley (double bass and bass guitar), Willy Qua (saxophone, flute and drums), and Richard Booth (sax, clarinet, trombone and steel drums).

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