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Passing of Shirley Bullen, Member patron.

jazzDubbo Jazz Club notes with sadness the passing of Member Patron Shirley Bullen on November 8. Shirley was a long time and loyal club member, patron and friend to Dubbo Jazz. The Club extends its condolences at this time to sisters Joan, Roberta and Delma, to daughter Terri Rindfleish, and grandchildren Todd, Lee (dec) and Anna and great grandchild Cruze.

Shirley’s graveside funeral service will be held in the Western Districts Memorial Park, Boothenba Road, Dubbo commencing at 2.00pm Thursday 12th November 2015. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Abbey Funeral Homes 02 6881 8988.

Our dedication to Shirley. Benny Goodman and Rosemary Clooney ‘Memories of You’ (Razaf, Blake) here

On her passing Ross Tighe, long time Club Secretary & Club member, said this about Shirley;

Shirley Bullen was a foundation member of Dubbo Jazz Club and from those early days was a very willing worker and a valued member. She was always available to attend tickets sales  at the Mini Fests, Festivals, Concerts, Garden Parties or whatever.  Shirley also sold raffle tickets to raise money for these events and walked the CBD distributing posters in numerous business houses to advertise the aforementioned events.   In addition to this she was always in the front line when it came to decorating our venues for the many festivals.

Shirley was a bright, happy person and an avid Trad Jazz supporter, attending many festivals at Parkes, Forbes, Wagga and elsewhere.  Due to her friendly outgoing nature and work commitment to our club she became well known and liked by many of Australia’s top jazz muso’s who performed at our club and festivals over the years. When Ben Jones became our Dubbo Jazz Club Patron in 2005, Geoff De La Lande and Shirley Bullen were made Member Patrons of our club and held these positions up until the time of their passing.

 Shirley only ceased her work commitment to our club when she became very ill in 2010.  Her health improved sufficiently for Terri to bring her to the 2012 Festival in a wheel chair and she had a ball. Shirley was a great lady who gave a huge contribution to Dubbo Jazz Club and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate to know her. 

Vale Shirley.

First Dubbo Jazz 25 Fund Scholarship to be awarded at Concert

DJF-beatDubbo Jazz is pleased to announce that to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, the very first Geoff De la Lande Scholarship  will be awarded at the Macquarie Conservatorium Annual Awards Concert on Sunday 15 November at 4pm at the Conservatorium, corner of Bultje and darling St Dubbo.

The scholarship is jointly sponsored with assistance of  Colour Copy Shop in Dubbo and has been established in honour of Geoff De la Lande. Dubbo Jazz Club Inc was formed in late 1990 by a small group of enthusiasts, driven by Dr. Stephen Jewell, Geoff De La Lande and Warwick Blowes. Geoff, an avid trombonist ,was the first club president, a position he held for six years and he was also a sponsor  for ten years. Geoff passed away in 2103.

The scholarship one of many offered by the Conservatorium is  to support the tuition of a brass or other player with a willingness to play jazz music in Dubbo, evidenced through existing membership of a jazz group, jazz ensemble or big band, and/or a developing interest and potential for jazz, plus ability and commitment to his/her instrument.

Concert tickets are $25 family of 4, $10 for adults and $5 students and can be obtained at the office on 02 6884 6686 or

Geoff de la Lande:
On YouTube playing with Strictly Trad here and in Dubbo’s Daily Liberal in article in 2012 here


10562584_706795472725020_2001471140134435333_oAs part of our 25th Birthday celebrations and in conjunction with local management Dubbo Jazz presents a free gig, The Chalkies at The Monkey Bar on Friday 13 November from 7-10pm. The last time The Chalkies played at The Monkey Bar they ran out of red wine glasses and nearly red wine! It was a great night, so this one should not be missed.
So named The Chalkies are local music teachers who love to play high energy trad, funk, and swing jazz music. The band is led by Tim Billiards – Trumpet/saxophone and vocals, Neill Ryan – Trombone, Andrew Brown – Drums, Matt Davis – Guitar, Greg Lange – Bass and Paul Dunn – Keys.
As well as for the Weekend of Jazz The Chalkies have recently jazzed & funkified audiences in Dubbo at The Big Band Bash, and the Dream Twilight Markets. Tell your friends and make a night of it! Bookings for dinner and to ensure a good seat are highly recommended. Ring Melissa or Simon at The Monkey Bar on 02 6884 4949 or

Big Band Bash on this Friday to Sunday

Dubbo-Jazz-logo-BWsmlrLooking forward to seeing you this weekend at  The Commercial Hotel in Brisbane Street to hear the talents of over 80 musicians performing up to 20 hours of performances and clinics in the BIG BAND BASH.
Opening with The Chalkies on Friday night from 7-9pm led by Tim Billiards, the weekend continues on Saturday from  and Sunday with feature artists John Morrison and Jacki Cooper, Great Western Plains Big Band led by Paul Dunn , Tin Roof Big Band led by Eric Smith , Dubbo South’s Jam Packed led by Teacher Emma Kersley and the Combined Schools Band led by Johhn Morrison.
If you want the detailed program you can find it attached, or you can suggest your friends download the program with bios from the Dubbo Jazz dropbox
The Big Band Bash is part of Dubbo Jazz’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The Beat Goes On!
PO Box 1711, Dubbo, NSW 2830