As mentioned on the Past Work header page, my motivation for making these recordings of some of the live shows I worked on at the Basement jazz club in Sydney during the 1980s was to capture some of the music that would otherwise have gone undocumented; music that I felt had intrinsic value. I have kept these to myself until now, because while the recordings may be mine, the music is not. Music, however, is meant to be shared; both between those that create it, and by extension with the audiences that enjoy listening to it. So it is in this spirit that I offer many of these – from the 200 hours in total – to be listened to here. There is no financial intent to this exercise, just an attempt to share some music and understanding about a vital and vibrant period of Sydney’s improvised music scene that has now passed.

Just as there is an oral tradition in story-telling, for music there is aural tradition – the passing on of how it is expressed and sounds – and the bonus with live recordings is that we not only get to hear unaltered performances by specific artists, but get glimpses of their personalities as well through their conversation with us, impressions that are all the more personal due to the intimacy of the club setting.

Please realise that on these nights, the live sound was may main concern, and recording was usually a best-guess situation that happened in the background. Early recordings consisted of the stereo room mic feed only because I had no way of setting up an alternative recording mix, and this means that presence from the PA mix is missing which is especially noticeable on vocals. The balances improved as I developed my system and approach, but it all took time. Still, flawed though they are, without these recordings we would have nothing.

While the recordings are ropey at times, they have a raw and unaffected honesty I find refreshing – and as a whole, the collection not only demonstrates the diversity of music that was programmed at the club, but in retrospect gives broad context to this microcosm of the musical world. On a specific level they surprise with minor gems in the detail. For example, between the music you get to hear some of these musicians speak and joke, whether on mic or off – something you never get from studio recordings – and from our present viewpoint, we now realise how precious this can be. By mid 1988, the club’s closure was imminent, and one of the last touring artists to play there was Johnny Griffin. In acknowledging what would have been a traumatic situation facing those affected, he gave this well-travelled perspective.

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While I have sought permission from those recorded musicians that I still have some contact with, if anyone affected has a problem with any of the music offered here, please let me know and it can be taken down. Otherwise, I hope it generates renewed interest and enjoyment as it is listened to again. My intention here, as always, is to respect the musicians and the music, and celebrate it as well. I certainly don’t want to upset anyone. Although the system was fairly basic, the recordings are offered at the original recording resolution of 44.1kHz, 16bit.

Also, these recordings were captured largely on the fly – even the gigs often had no sound check –  so there will be inevitable mistakes and omissions in my hasty note taking at the time. Corrections are welcome in the hope we eventually get the record straight and complete.


Roll over artists (listed alphabetically) for links to available playlists. Those active will blink.

Please note that some playlist pages are offline as I seek artist approval, and will be added as I can. While not all may end up being available online, the list at least documents their existence.


Andy Atwill’s Big City Big Band      Nov.18 ’87

Andy Atwill: acoustic and electric bass, Carl Orr: guitar, Graeme Norris, Tim Otto, Martin Anderson, Brett Spilsbury & Ken Dean: saxophones, Steve Luke, James Greening & Colin Philpott: trombones, Evan Lohning, Greg Carger & Robbie Blackman: trumpets, Danny Saul: drums, Ron Barry & Toni Allayialiss: vocals.

01.


The Benders                                 May 26 ’86

Chris Abrahams: piano, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Dale Barlow: soprano and tenor saxophones, Andrew Gander: drums.

02.


The Benders                                 May 27 ’86

Chris Abrahams: piano, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Dale Barlow: soprano and tenor saxophones, Andrew Gander: drums.

03.


Jerry Bergonzi’s ‘Gonz’                    April 7 ’88

Jerry Bergonzi: tenor sax, Salvatore Bonafede: piano, Bob Gullotti: drums, Bruce Gertz: acoustic bass.

04.


Elvin Bishop Band                          Sep.16 ’86

Elvin Bishop: guitar & vocal, Terry Hanks: sax & vocal, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Jimmy Doyle: guitar, Victor Rounds: bass, Russell Dunlop: drums.

05.


Elvin Bishop Band                          Sep.17 ’86

Elvin Bishop: guitar & vocal, Terry Hanks: sax & vocal, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Jimmy Doyle: guitar, Victor Rounds: bass, Russell Dunlop: drums.

06.


Elvin Bishop Band                          Sep.19 ’86

Elvin Bishop: guitar & vocal, Terry Hanks: sax & vocal, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Jimmy Doyle: guitar, Victor Rounds: bass, Russell Dunlop: drums.

07.


Mike Haughton: soprano & alto saxophones & flute, Graham Jesse: soprano & tenor saxophones & flute, Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet & flugelhorn, Warwick Alder: trumpet & flugelhorn, Alison Campbell: French horn, Jerry Ramage: bass & tenor trombones, Guy Strazzullo: guitar, Roger Frampton: piano, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass, Bruce Cale: leader & acoustic bass, Tony Buck: drums, with guests Dale Barlow and Ernie Watts: saxophones.

08.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Ara Narcessian: keyboards, Wayne Goodwin, violin, Geoff Oakes: tenor sax, Victor Rounds: bass, Peter Figures: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion.

09.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Ara Narcessian: keyboards, Wayne Goodwin, violin, Geoff Oakes: tenor sax, Victor Rounds: bass, Peter Figures: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion.

10.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Ara Narcessian: keyboards, Wayne Goodwin, violin, Geoff Oakes: tenor sax, Victor Rounds: bass, Peter Figures: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion.

11.


Dan Crary                                       Jan.23 ’85

(with Chris Duffy, Mick Reid & Dave Ellis)

Dan Crary: guitar & voice, Mick Reid: guitar, Chris Duffy: banjo, Dave Ellis: acoustic bass.

12.


Crossfire: Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, Mark Riley: drums, Paul Pooley: bass.

John Hoffman Big Band horns: John Hoffman, Paul Panichi, Dick Montz, Steve Williams: trumpets, Bob Bertles, Col Loughnan, Lee Hutchings, Brent Stanton: saxophones, George Brodbeck, Bob McIvor, Bob Johnson: trombones.

13.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, Mark Riley: drums, Paul Pooley: bass. These are studio mixes of (probably) an 8 track recording.

14.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, David Jones: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, and Wayne Goodwin: violin.

15.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, David Jones: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, and Wayne Goodwin: violin.

16.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, David Jones: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, and Wayne Goodwin: violin.

17.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, David Jones: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, and Wayne Goodwin: violin.

18.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Ian Bloxsom: percussion, Tony Buchanan: saxophones, David Jones: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, and Wayne Goodwin: violin.

19.


the Dance Hall Racketeers               Feb.4 ’84

I have no notes about the lineup on this gig, but it probably included Rick Dempster, Andy Baylor, Mike Andrews, Paul Neuendorf and Peter Baylor.

20.


Tommy Emmanuel & Friends           Aug.5 ’87

Tommy Emmanuel: guitar, Jim Kelly: guitar, Rex Goh: guitar, Sam McNally: keyboards, Victor Rounds: bass, John Watson: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion. There were further contributors to the 3rd set that is not featured here.

21.


Tommy Emmanuel & Friends          Feb.11 ’88

Tommy Emmanuel: guitar, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Mark Symons: mandolin, Mark Collins: banjo, Jim Kelly: guitar, Sam McNally: keyboards, Victor Rounds: bass, Mitch Farmer: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion, Adrian Payne: vocal, with guest appearance by Rex Goh.

22.


Tommy Emmanuel, Jim Kelly, Steve Murphy                                                          July 9 ’86

(otherwise known as ‘Three Grown Men’)

Tommy Emmanuel: guitar, Jim Kelly: guitar, Steve Murphy: guitar, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, and guest Ben Butler: guitar.

23.


Tommy Emmanuel, Jim Kelly, Steve Murphy                                                         Aug.25 ’86

Tommy Emmanuel: guitar, Jim Kelly: guitar, Steve Murphy: guitar, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass.

24.


Tommy Emmanuel, Jim Kelly, Steve Murphy                                                        Aug.26 ’86

Tommy Emmanuel: guitar, Jim Kelly: guitar, Steve Murphy: guitar, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass.

25.


Tommy Emmanuel, Jim Kelly, Steve Murphy                                                        Aug.27 ’86

Tommy Emmanuel: guitar, Jim Kelly: guitar, Steve Murphy: guitar, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass.

26.


Noel Elmowy: keyboards, Dev Gopalasamy: guitar, Vlad Khusid & Paul Panichi: trumpets, Steve Giordano: sax & flute, Steve Luke: trombone, Luciano Gaitin: bass, Phil Elmowy: drums, José Marquez: timbales, Sergio Mulét: bongos, Avaro Sepico: congas.

27.


Noel Elmowy: keyboards, Dev Gopalasamy: guitar, Vlad Khusid and Bob Coasin: trumpet, Steve Giordano: sax & flute, Colin Philpott: trombone, Luciano Gaitin: bass, Phil Elmowy: drums, José Marquez: timbales, Sergio Mulét: bongos, Avaro Sepico: congas.

28.


Georgie Fame                                 Jan.24 ’84

Georgie Fame: vocals, piano & Hammond organ, & the Aussie Blue Flames – Herb Cannon: trombone, Keith Sterling: trumpet & flugelhorn, Col Loughnan: saxophones & flute, Steve Murphy: guitar, Willy Qua: drums, Greg Lyon: electric bass.

29.


Georgie Fame                                Feb.17 ’88

Georgie Fame: vocals, piano & Hammond organ, & the Aussie Blue Flames – Bob Johnson: trombone, Keith Sterling: trumpet & flugelhorn, Col Loughnan: saxophones & flute, Jimmy Doyle: guitar, Russell Dunlop: drums, Greg Lyon: electric bass and guest Wayne Goodwin: violin.

30.


Ricky Ford + Mike Nock Trio           Feb.18 ’88

Ricky Ford: tenor sax, Mike Nock: piano, Craig Scott: acoustic bass, Phil Trelore: drums.

31.


Dizzy Gillespie                                    Jan. ’87

Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet & vocal, Sayyd Al-Khabyyr: saxophone, Nasyr Al-Khabyyr: drums, Ed Cherry: guitar, John Lee: bass.

32.


Steve Giordano’s Time Machine    early 1988?

Steve Giordano: tenor sax & flute, Lee Hutchings & Trevor Griffin: alto sax, Bob Bertles: baritone sax, James Greening & Bob McIver: trombones, John Hoffman, Warwick Alder & Steve Williams: trumpets, Roger Frampton: piano, Ron Philpott: bass, José Marquez: timbales, Sergio Mulét: bongos, Jorge Moralis: congas.

33.


Steve Giordano’s Time Machine     June 6 ’88

Steve Giordano: tenor sax & flute, Lee Hutchings & Trevor Griffin: alto sax, Richard Percival: baritone sax, James Greening & Bob McIver: trombones, John Hoffman, Paul Panichi & Steve Williams: trumpets, Roger Frampton: piano, John Aué: bass, José Marquez: timbales, Sergio Mulét: bongos, Avaro Sepico: congas.

34.


Egberto Gismonti & Naná Vasconcelos                                                               Feb.28 ’84

Egberto Gismonti: piano, guitar, flute & voice, Naná Vasconcelos: percussion, vocal percussion and what sounds like tape echo.

35.


Johnny Griffin                                June 8 ’88

Johnny Griffin: tenor sax, Paul Grabowsky: piano, Jonathan Zwartz: acoustic bass, Alan Turnbull: drums.

36.


John Hammond                             Sep.18 ’84

John Hammond: guitars, harmonica and voice.

37.


John Hammond                             Sep.19 ’84

John Hammond: guitars, harmonica and voice.

Support set: Paul Wookey: guitar, Chris Duffy: banjo & mandolin

38.


Herbie Hancock                             Feb.14 ’88

Herbie Hancock: solo piano.

39.


Mark Hasselbach                             Feb.4 ’87

Mark Hasselbach: trumpet, flute & sampler, Mike Nock: keyboards, Steve McKenna: guitar, Mitch Farmer: drums, Victor Rounds: bass.

40.


John Hoffman, Paul Panichi, Warwick Alder, ?: trumpets, George Brodbeck, Bob Johnson, Bob MvIvor, Herb Cannon: trombones, Col Loughnan, Lee Hutchings, Tony Buchanan, Graham Jesse, Brent Stanton: saxophones, Michael Bartolomei: piano, Paul Pooley: bass, Warren Daley: drums – with Sheryl Black: vocals, and guests Julian Lee: piano and Bob Bertles: alto sax.

41.


John Hoffman, Paul Panichi, Dick Montz, Steve Williams: trumpets, George Brodbeck, Bob Johnson, Bob MvIvor, Herb Cannon: trombones, Paul Wiliams, Col Loughnan, Lee Hutchings, Tony Buchanan, Graham Jesse: saxophones, Michael Bartolomei: piano, Paul Pooley: bass, Warren Daley: drums, with Sheryl Black: vocals, and guests Julian Lee: piano and Bob Bertles: alto sax.

42.


John Hoffman, Paul Panichi, Warwick Alder, Dick Montz: trumpets, George Brodbeck, Bob Johnson, Bob MvIvor, Herb Cannon: trombones, Col Loughnan, Lee Hutchings, Tony Buchanan, Graham Jesse, Bob Bertles: saxophones, Michael Bartolomei: piano, Paul Pooley?: bass, Tony Buck: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion.

43.


John Hoffman Big Band                   Jul.24 ’85

(featuring Ricky May and Sheryl Black on vocals)

John Hoffman, Paul Panichi, Warwick Alder, Steve Williams: trumpets, George Brodbeck, Bob Johnson, Bob MvIvor: trombones, Col Loughnan, Lee Hutchings, Tony Buchanan, Graham Jesse, Bob Bertles: saxophones, Dave MacRae: piano, Paul Pooley: bass, Tony Buck: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion, with Ricky May and Sheryl Black: vocals.

44.


John Hoffman Big Band                     Jul.6 ’87

(featuring the locally arranged ‘My Fair Lady’ suite with Sheryl Black and Barry Leef on vocals)

John Hoffman, Paul Panichi, Warwick Alder, Steve Williams: trumpets, George Brodbeck, Bob Johnson, Bob MvIvor: trombones, Col Loughnan, Lee Hutchings, Tony Buchanan, Graham Jesse, Bob Bertles: saxophones, Michael Bartolomei: piano, Leon Gaer: bass, Tony Buck: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion, with Sheryl Black and Barry Leef: vocals.

45.


Mark Isaacs: piano, Gary Holgate: acoustic bass, David Jones: drums.

46.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Peter Jones: piano, Paul Williamson: tenor and baritone saxophones, Doug de Vries: guitar, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Allan Browne: drums.

47.


Vince Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn and vocal, Joe Chindamo: piano, Doug De Vries: guitar, Bruce Sandell and Paul Williamson: saxophones, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Allan Browne: drums, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

48.


Vince Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn and vocal, Joe Chindamo: piano, Doug De Vries: guitar, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax and flute, Paul Williamson: tenor and baritone saxophones, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Allan Browne: drums, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

49.


Vince Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn and vocal, Doug De Vries: guitar, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax and flute, Paul Williamson: tenor and baritone saxophones, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Allan Browne: drums, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

51.


Vince Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn and vocal, Doug De Vries: guitar, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax and flute, Paul Williamson: tenor and baritone saxophones, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Allan Browne: drums, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

52.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Barney McAll: piano, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax & flute, Paul Williamson: tenor & baritone saxophones, Doug de Vries: guitar, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Tony Floyd: drums, Ray Prereira: percussion.

53.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Barney McAll: piano, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax & flute, Paul Williamson: tenor & baritone saxophones, Doug de Vries: guitar, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Tony Floyd: drums, Ray Prereira: percussion.

54.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Barney McAll: piano and keyboards, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax & flute, Paul Williamson: tenor & baritone saxophones, Doug de Vries: guitar, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Tony Floyd: drums, Ray Prereira: percussion, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

56.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Barney McAll: piano and keyboards, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax & flute, Paul Williamson: tenor & baritone saxophones, Doug de Vries: guitar, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Tony Floyd: drums, Ray Prereira: percussion, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

57.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Barney McAll: piano and keyboards, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax & flute, Paul Williamson: tenor & baritone saxophones, Doug de Vries: guitar, Gary Costello: acoustic bass, Tony Floyd: drums, Ray Prereira: percussion, and guest Steve Hope: piano.

58.


Vince Jones: vocal, trumpet & flugelhorn, Barney McAll: keyboards, Bruce Sandell: tenor sax & flute, Dale Barlow: tenor sax, Doug de Vries: guitar, Nick Haywood: acoustic bass, Tony Floyd: drums, Ray Prereira: percussion.

59.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Dave MacRae: piano & keyboards, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, with Erana Clark & Barry Leef: vocals.

60.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Dave MacRae: piano & keyboards, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, with Erana Clark & Barry Leef: vocals.

61.


Jim Kelly: guitar, Dave MacRae: piano & keyboards, Russell Dunlop: drums, Victor Rounds: bass, Sunil De Silva: percussion, with Erana Clark & Barry Leef: vocals.

62.


Joachim Kühn                                Aug.22 ’84

Joachim Kühn: piano, Col Loughnan: tenor sax, Craig Scott: acoustic bass, Alan Turnbull: drums.

63.


Indra Lesmana: piano, Dale Barlow: tenor & soprano saxophones, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass, Tony Buck: drums.

64.


Robert Lockwood Jr.                       Nov.10 ’87

Robert Lockwood Jr: guitar – there was a band but I don’t have a record of the personnel.

65.


Robert Lockwood Jr.                       Nov.11 ’87

Robert Lockwood Jr: guitar – there was a band but I don’t have a record of the personnel.

66.


Mundell Lowe: guitar, Judy Bailey: piano, David Pudney: bass, Ron Lemke: drums.

67.


Lonnie Mack Band                           Jan.9 ’86

Lonnie Mack: guitar & vocal, Roger Trove (?) : bass & vocal, Dumpy Rice: keys & vocal, Dennis O’Neal : drums & vocal.

support: Mal Eastick Band – Mal Eastick: guitar, Shauna Jensen: vocal, Robbie Gabon (?): bass, Theo Wanders: drums

68.


Brownie McGhee                            Feb.10 ’87

Brownie McGhee: guitar & vocal, with guests Jim Conway: harmonica, Dutch Tilders: guitar & vocal.

69.


Brownie McGhee                             Feb.11 ’87

Brownie McGhee: guitar & vocal, with guests Jim Conway: harmonica, Dutch Tilders: guitar & vocal.

70.


Steve McKenna: guitar, Michael Bartolomei: piano, Warwick Alder: trumpet, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass, John Bartram: drums.

71.


Serge Ermoll Quintet: Serge Ermoll: piano, Roger Frampton: sopranino sax, Ken James: tenor sax, Dave Ellis: acoustic bass, Barry Woods: drums

Mike Nock Quartet: Mike Nock: piano, Col Loughnan: tenor and soprano saxophones, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Alan Turnbull: drums.

72.


Mike Nock: keyboards, Craig Walters: sax, Jonathan Zwartz: acoustic bass, Phil Treloar: drums.

73.


Rick Price & Dannielle Gaha: vocals, Michael Bartolomei: keyboards, Peter Northcote: guitar, Graham Jesse: sax & flute, George Brodbeck: trombone, John Hoffman & Peter Delosa: trumpets, Phil Scorgie: bass, sequencer & backing vocals, Doug Gallacher: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion.

74.


Ben Sidran                                       Feb.4 ’86

Ben Sidran: voice & piano, Ken James & Tony Buchanan: tenor saxophones, Craig Scott: acoustic bass, Alan Turnbull: drums.

75.


Ben Sidran                                      Mar.9 ’88

Ben Sidran: piano & vocal, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Jim Kelly: guitar, Steve Giordano, tenor sax, Chris Qua: bass, Ron Lemke: drums.

76.


Mick Kenny: keyboards, Jim Kelly: guitar, Col Loughnan: sax & flute, Bob Johnson, Herb Cannon (& guest? Dave Panichi): trombones, Paul Panichi & John Hoffman: trumpets, Victor Rounds: bass, Russell Dunlop: drums, Sunil De Silva: percussion, Barry Leef, Erana Clark, Sheryl Black & Naomi Eyers: vocals.

77.


Mick Kenny: keyboards, Jim Kelly: guitar, Col Loughnan: sax & flute, Bob Johnson & Herb Cannon: trombones, Paul Panichi & John Hoffman: trumpets, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Victor Rounds: bass, Russell Dunlop: drums, Ian Bloxsom & Sunil De Silva: percussion, Barry Leef, Naomi Eyers, Sheryl Black, Joy Yates & Victor Rounds: vocals.

78.


Mick Kenny: keyboards, Jim Kelly: guitar, Col Loughnan: sax & flute, Bob Johnson & Herb Cannon: trombones, Paul Panichi & John Hoffman: trumpets, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Victor Rounds: bass, Russell Dunlop: drums, Ian Bloxsom & Sunil De Silva: percussion, Barry Leef, Naomi Eyers, Sheryl Black, Joy Yates & Victor Rounds: vocals.

79.


 Supermarket                                   Jul.15 ’86

Barry Leef, Joy Yates, Anastasia & Victor Rounds: vocals, Jim Kelly: guitar, Mick Kenny: keyboards, Wayne Goodwin: violin, Col Loughnan: sax, Herb Cannon & Bob Johnson: trombones, Paul Panichi & John Hoffman: trumpets, Victor Rounds, bass, Ian Bloxsom & Sunil De Silva: percussion, Russell Dunlop: drums.

At rare moments, after careful planning, everything comes together and you are lucky enough to get a really special recording…Unfortunately, this was’t one of those occasions. Only part of the night survives, and what remains is too far out of an acceptable ballpark to present here. If anyone is desperate to hear it, I still have the recording.

80.


Ralph Sutton: piano, John McCarthy: clarinet, Ed Gaston: acoustic bass, Len Barnard: drums.

81.


Buddy Tate                                   Nov.27 ’86

Buddy Tate: tenor sax, clarinet and flute, Ed Gaston: acoustic bass, Len Barnard: drums – with guests

James Morrison: trumpet & trombone, and John Morrison: drums.

Despite my scant note taking otherwise, I was impressed enough with Buddy’s snappy presentation to note that he wore a ‘pale lime green jacket with a pair of pale orange buttons on each cuff, white shirt with clipped down collar tips, pale lavender tie & tie pin, grey trousers and black patent leather shoes.’ There’s a photo too!

82.


Roger Frampton: piano, sopranino sax and percussion, John Pochée: drums, Bob Bertles, Ken James, Bernie McGann and Craig Walters: saxophones, Peter Cross and Warwick Alder: trumpets, James Greening: trombone, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass.

83.


Roger Frampton: piano, sopranino sax and percussion, John Pochée: drums, Bob Bertles, Ken James, Bernie McGann and Craig Walters: saxophones, Peter Cross and Warwick Alder: trumpets, George Brodbeck: trombone, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass.

84.


Roger Frampton: piano, sopranino sax and percussion, John Pochée: drums, Bob Bertles, Ken James, Bernie McGann and Dale Barlow: saxophones, Miroslav Bukovsky and Warwick Alder: trumpets, James Greening: trombone, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass.

85.


Roger Frampton: piano, sopranino sax and percussion, John Pochée: drums, Bob Bertles, Craig Walters, Bernie McGann and Dale Barlow: saxophones, Miroslav Bukovsky and Warwick Alder: trumpets, James Greening: trombone, Steve Elphick: acoustic bass.

86.


Warren Vaché                                  Feb.5 ’87

Warren Vaché: trumpet, Kenny Crawford: piano, Tom Baker: tenor sax, Laurie Bennett: drums, Darcy Wright: acoustic bass.

87.


Allen Vizzutti                                  Mar.3 ’88

Allen Vizzutti: trumpet, Louie Shelton: guitar, Steve Giordano: tenor & soprano saxophones, Larry Muhoberac: keys, Leon Gaer: bass, Tommy Emmanuel and Mitch Farmer (for the 3rd set): drums.

88.


Allen Vizzutti                                Mar.15 ’88

Allen Vizzutti: trumpet, Louie Shelton: guitar, Steve Giordano: tenor & soprano saxophones, Larry Muhoberac: keys, Leon Gaer: bass, Tommy Emmanuel: drums.

89.


Paul Grabowsky: piano, Dale Barlow: tenor and soprano saxophones, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Alan Turnbull: drums.

90.


Paul Grabowsky: piano, Dale Barlow: tenor sax, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Alan Turnbull: drums.

91.


Paul Grabowsky: piano, Dale Barlow: tenor sax, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Tony Buck: drums.

92.


Dale Barlow: tenor sax, Lloyd Swanton: acoustic bass, Tony Buck: drums – Paul Grabowsky: piano (was absent was on this night).

93.


Coda

Humans are social creatures and we naturally gather in groups to enjoy each others’ company, share activities and find new and creative ways to express ourselves. All such expression, whether through art, theatre, writing or music, in one way or another is about telling our stories. The main story here revolves around a particular moment in Sydney’s musical life; a moment that had the Basement and the colourful and notable cast of characters it drew to it, at its centre. There are many personal anecdotes that can be told, and many individuals that the club sustained and gave a voice to, but looking back, it can be argued the best part of the story remains its soundtrack.