Sweet Ade is a jazz/ragtime band, fun, entertaining and light-hearted and featuring an unusual colourful array of instruments.
We’re Sweet Ade, a seven piece Melbourne based jazz band, broadly “trad” but with an unusual, colourful range of instruments and a broad, diverse repertoire.
Between us we play recorders, soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet, piano, banjo, drums, washboard, piano accordion, ukuleles and sousaphone - and several of us do vocals.
Our music ranges from familiar jazz standards to early Australian jazz, as well as a miscellany of tunes from jazz and elsewhere, all interpreted in our idiosyncratic, cheerful and energetic style. For those with an interest in Australian jazz, our repertoire includes many tunes by Ade Monsbourgh (after whom the band is named) and his contemporaries.
We released our first CD in 2016, entitled Sweet Ade: Celebrating Ade Monsbourgh and the Recorder. We’ve had very positive feedback and considerable radio airplay, including Jim McLeod’s Jazz on Saturday (PBS FM), ABC’s Jazztrack and Jazz on a Saturday (3CR) as well as a number of other community radio stations.
We’re available for a wide range of events and settings including:
• corporate events
• concert style shows including house concerts
• community events
• aged care facilities
• indoor and outdoor venues
• all age groups from children to mature age adults
We’re highly experienced in varying our style and atmosphere depending on the specific needs of an event, such as:
• Laid back semi-acoustic background music to create a relaxed ambience
• Music to create a lively, happy, upbeat atmosphere
• Music that’s not too loud to drown out conversations
• Interesting tunes to listen to
• Music to get all age groups up onto the dance floor
• Tunes with special appeal for children
• Special requests
We’re a band that appeals, not only to those with a specific jazz interest, but also to people not necessarily familiar with jazz who want an entertaining band that appeals to many age groups and tastes.
We can supply all our own equipment for both indoor and outdoor venues.
Our musicians are: Marion Lustig (recorders), Peter Mason (reeds, ukulele, vocals), Janet Arndt (vocals), Lisette Payet (piano, vocals, ukulele, piano accordion), Charley Farley (banjo, vocals), Richard Opat (washboard, drums) and Joe Kenyon (sousaphone).
Here is a typical example of our testimonials:
“Last November the Eltham Rural Group held its Annual Jazz Day in a member’s beautiful garden. We were lucky enough to have Sweet Ade as our band. It’s hard to explain the impact Marion and her musicians had. From the very first note the ERG knew it was going to be a successful day. Marion’s choice of music was superb. The energy and passion shown by each musician invigorated every member and their guests. Foot tapping became dancing. Humming to favourite tunes became singing. Later the audience quietened and just enjoyed listening to the music. Thank you Marion et al. We certainly recommend you to anyone who wishes to have a different jazz experience”. Judith Paynter, President, Eltham Rural Group Inc. (January, 2015) (We played for this group for the third consecutive year in November, 2016).