Tw Way Traffic heading Down South

Two Way Traffic is playing in Merimbula on June 19.
Two Way Traffic is playing in Merimbula on June 19.

Two Way Traffic will be playing at the Down South Jazz Club next Thursday, June 10, at Club Sapphire.

This now Melbourne-based band has entertained crowds for many years with their swinging mainstream, Latin and contemporary renditions of standards at major festivals in Victoria, South Australia and NSW.

Led by pianist David Lole, the band features the enormous talents of Ron Anderson on saxophone and flute, one of the best double bass players going around in David Taylor, and, as is customary when playing in Merimbula, local legend Ken Vatcher on drums.

Lole kick-started his musical career "filling in" at the Merimbula Jazz Festival in 2008 and, subsequently, now plays everything from classic Jelly Roll Morton rags to modern jazz, either as a featured soloist or regular band member at jazz festivals, jazz clubs, restaurants and clubs to audiences all round Australia. He is also sought after by musicians wanting him to play at the Australian Jazz Conventions, and was a recitalist at the 2018 Australian Jazz Convention..

Anderson is a fantastic multi-instrumentalist who will be greatly appreciated by jazz club members. A retired school teacher, he has been a much respected talent on the Melbourne scene, featuring on tenor and alto saxes, alto flute and clarinet, and has backed such artists as Shirley Bassey and Sammy Davis Jr. He also enjoys playing piano in his trio at festivals and gigs.

Taylor has been a regular on Melbourne's jazz scene for many years now and has been attending a number of the regional festivals and conventions for over 10 years. He is best known for supporting singers such as Anita Harris, Sarah Maclaine and Pippa Wilson but also enjoys working in instrumental groups like Jazz Squad and Cul de Sac in the mainstream field and trad band The Hot Peppers.

Vatcher is well known and much loved by DSJC members. He is the drummer of choice for many visiting performers who rely on local musicians for a rhythm section, and he was a standing member of the Margie Fullerton Trio for many years. Vatcher is a multi-disciplined drummer, comfortable in any style of music, and complements front-line musicians with his strict time-keeping and inventiveness. As a seasoned session drummer, Vatcher picks up gigs with a host of touring musicians and does lots of studio work. He is also the beat man for what seems like at least half of the bands that regularly work around this region.

This exceptional night of jazz will cost $15 for jazz club members and $25 for visitors. Bookings can be made by sending an email to bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au or using the form on the WhatsOn page on the DSJC web site.

You can also call Aileen or Kevin Walsh on (02) 6495 9853, or just turn up on the night and pay at the door. Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 7.30pm. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 5.30pm.