Every year we host one very special Sunday afternoon session with some good friends of ours. They’re musicians, maybe you know them? Well, when they get into the auditorium to do their thing the acoustics of the building really come alive. The building itself was designed by architect and acoustic engineer Ron Morton Taylor. His plans from so many moons ago (we’ve been standing since 1936 don’t you know?) coupled with those sweet harmonious sounds from the Cairo Club Orchestra brings about one of the greatest aural treats you’ll ever experience. They really do bring the perfect jazzy tunes to the stage to meet our art deco/jazz moderne design.
Only a couple of weeks away now, we caught up with one of those cool cats from the Cairo Club, and here’s what they had to say about returning to the Astor:
I like the Astor, ever since I lived in St Kilda as a young man, back when it was a Greek Theatre. The Astor has the BEST acoustics of any indoor Venue in Melbourne. There are so few of these late 1930s Cinemas left nowadays, Geelong lost the Wonderful ‘Corio’ Theatre some years ago. Theatres are a developers delight and as time go’s by there will be fewer of them left. Buck Evans (Piano ) is a veteran of the New Orleans Jazz scene and an Icon of the riverboats on the Mississippi, from Savannah Georgia buck plays a mix of Tin Pan Alley Hits and Stride Piano style, in the manner of fats Waller, James P Johnson ect. Nichaud Fitzgibbon needs no introduction as Melbourne’s most versatile and talented Song Stylist Vocalist.
Now because we’re visual nerds as well as aural ones, we like to make sure that the dizzying heights of their swinging sounds are matched with an equally eye-popping flick. One of the first and still one of the best backstage musicals, much thanks of which goes to Busby Berkeley, 42nd Street (1933) is a perfect film to follow up such an excellent act. The plot centers on the production of a new Broadway musical. There’s comedy, romance, betrayal and shapely legs galore. A priceless piece of early Hollywood fare that’s still first-class entertainment.
You won’t want to miss such a special Sunday afternoon screening, preceded by beautifully music, so make sure you get yourself a ticket. Special Prices, $25/$22, movie only $13.
The Cairo Club Orchestra will perform at the Astor Theatre before a screening of 42nd Street on Sunday March 16th at 2pm.