Bob Barnard (centre), still blowing at 82
Bob Barnard (centre), still blowing at 82

Jazzman Bob Barnard to party at Noosa, trumpet in hand

BOB Barnard AM was only 11 when he picked up a trumpet for the first time and blew a few notes.

It wasn't exactly "When the Saints go Marching In" but the sound was enough for Bob to become hooked on the horn.

Bob, described as "one of the best mainstream trumpet players in the world" by ABC radio jazz pioneer, Clement Semmler, is 82 now. And he is still blowing.

He has dominated Australian jazz for six decades and made many international and Australian tours, playing at jazz festivals and jazz clubs and recording with world jazz artists like Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and Humphrey Lyttelton.

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1990 for his services to music, particularly jazz.

He will be in Noosa this month for the 10-day Noosa Jazz Party which starts on August 26 with The Australian Jazz Ensemble and singer Juliarna Clark performing with Noosa Chorale in a "Roaring 20's" spectacular.

He spoke to Seniors from Sydney and agreed he'd had some big moments in jazz "but the night I played with Louis Armstrong was probably the biggest.

"It was in 1963 and I was at Sydney Airport with Graeme Bell and the All Stars when he arrived. In those days you got off the plane and walked across the tarmac to get to the terminal. Security as we know it today was non-existent.

"Satchmo took out his trumpet and joined us on the tarmac. A radio station recorded it and I've still got that tape."

Organiser Richard Stevens is president of the Noosa Heads Jazz Club, and he is convinced this year's talented line-up of Bob and 30 other jazz musicians will deliver some "sensational music and memories."

The centre-piece of the Jazz Party is a program comprising six hours per night of entertaining, improvised jazz starting on Thursday September 1 and closing on Sunday, September 4, at The J.

There will also be plenty of action around Noosaville, Sunshine Beach and Hastings Street. Venues booked for the Party include the lunch at the River Deck restaurant, Miss Moneypenny's in Hastings St, a Legends Lunch with Bob Barnard at RACV resort and a free Sunday Concert at the Lions Riverstage, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville (near the Yacht Club).

Information and tickets from: Noosa Heads Jazz Club Inc. Ph 07 54472229


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