What a hoot: jazz club to open in Como


South Perth residents Mark Wimshurst, James Haywood, Como Bowling and Recreation Club chairman Andrew Coad and Alex O’Neil.
South Perth residents Mark Wimshurst, James Haywood, Como Bowling and Recreation Club chairman Andrew Coad and Alex O’Neil.

IN only two months, South Perth resident James Haywood has taken the idea of opening a jazz club and brought it to fruition.

After leaving their regular jazz club in Yokine, the 91-year-old, with friends Alex O’Neil and Mark Wimshurst, noticed there were no clubs and very few other live music venues local in South Perth, so decided to open one themselves.

Mr Haywood has been playing the harmonica for 83 years and in 1995 represented Australia in the World Harmonica Championships in Yokohama, Japan.

He said jazz had been a passion for his whole life and found that as he got older it kept him young.

“As an entrepreneur I have taken the idea by the horns and with the experience of a lot of time and money, have got it this far,” Mr Haywood said.

“For Hoots Jazz at Como, we aim to showcase musicians who play music through their soul.”

Hoots Jazz at Como will have its first jazz and dance evening on March 8, at 7pm, in the Como Bowling and Recreation Club.

Any profits made will be donated to charity.

Entry is $15.

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