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Fridays 1:30pm to 3pm

Presented by Melanie Christodoulou

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Welcome to Take One, your weekly guide to what’s happening on Sydney’s live music scene. Each week we’ll take a look at who’s playing, where and when. We’ll feature great music from selected artists to help you decide who you want to see, be they jazz, soul, funk, rock, blues, electronic, world – plus the best of the rest.

We also bring you interviews with music industry pros, live engineers, promoters and, of course, performing musicians, as well as reviews and tips from a network of gig pigs and live music lovers all over Sydney.

Tune in every Friday between midday and 1:30pm for all you need to know about live music in Sydney.

Weekly gig guide posts can be found via FACEBOOK and TWITTER

If you’re performing in Sydney, or know someone who is, let us know at mel@eastsidefm.org. Send all gig info including venue, address, time and date and websites for tickets, as well as at least one mp3 of your music. As well, if you’d like to offer a giveaway for Eastside supporters, let us know – they’re always welcomed by our listeners.

Take One is presented by Melanie Christodoulou.

About Melanie:

Born in Sydney Australia, Melanie Christodoulou is a young Jazz, Blues, Soul and Pop artist. The vocalist began singing at the tender age of 10 in the school choir. She continued to foster her talent throughout her schooling years, having had the honour of learning from a number of multi-talented musicians such as singer/songwriter/pianist Di Solomon, pianist Adrian Lim-Klumpes (The Leaf Label/ Rufus Records, Triosk, Tangents, Three of Millions), singer/songwriter’s Lily Dior (AUS) and Elana Stone (All Our Exes Live In Texas).

Her performing experience includes being invited to sing as a featured artist in the 2012 School’s Spectacular broadcast to thousands via the ABC, as well as performing at the Australian Publishers Association 61st Annual Book Design Awards at the Powerhouse Museum, 2012 Reclaim the Night Cronulla and for the RSL with her group ‘The Mix of Lydians’ (2012-2015), as well as appearing at various local bar’s and markets throughout the year. Melanie has also worked with some of the best musicians Sydney has to offer including bassist Hannah James (AUS), guitarist Blain Cunnenn (The Baldwins, Blain and Courtney), pianist Wilbur Whitta (Wilbur Whitta Trio, Black Bird Hum), drummer Brendan Paul, as well as presenter and drummer Johan Rahman, bassist Renee King, saxophonist Zac Olsen.

2015 saw her assume both the Musical Director and a hosting position on one of Sydney’s premier arts and music community broadcasters, Eastside Radio 89.7FM. When she’s not checking out the latest music from both national and international artists within the Jazz, Soul, Blues, World, and Funk traditions, she’s on air presenting the best in live music coming up in and around Sydney. ‘Take One’ (www.eastsidefm.org/takeone), air’s every Friday from 1.30PM-3PM and not allows the artist to support Sydney’s live music scene, but also to go behind the acts tacking to these stage, having interviewed the likes of and Julian Curwin (Tango Saloon, Mango Saloon, Romeo Records), Ellen Kirkwood (Fat Yahoozah, Mister Ott, On the Stoop, Sirens Big Band) and most recently Sarah McKenzie (Impulse! Records).

Take One would also like to thank the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) for their financial assistance in making the show possible…

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Ft. Vince Jones and Melanie Christodoulou

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Ft. Melanie Christodoulou and Sarah McKenzie


ft. Melanie Christodoulou and Francesca Prihasti



ft. Stephanié Denizard (Queen Kafé), Nana Mouskouri, and Melanie Christodoulou



ft. Melanie Christodoulou and Ellen Kirkwood



Ft. Rafael Karlen, Melanie Christodoulou, Kristin Berardi, and Sean Foran


Recent Episodes

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 17th February, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 17th February, 2017
01:39pm John Leigh Calder - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
RELEASE: Steyne Alive! - LABEL: Phonebooth Records
01:46pm Frances Madden - Haunting Melody
RELEASE: Live At The Basement And Foundry616 - LABEL: Independent
01:54pm Galapagos Duck - Hindsight
RELEASE: Endangered Species - LABEL: ABC Jazz
02:02pm Belle Jar - Big Brothers
02:08pm Project Collective Ska - Ms Lulu
02:14pm The Cactus Channel - Fool's Gold
02:22pm Hannah James Trio - List Order
RELEASE: Triliphony - LABEL: Independent
02:29pm Kinsky - Night to Day
02:39pm Ann Vriend - In the Way
RELEASE: For the People in the Mean Time - LABEL: Independent/CD Baby
02:44pm Hucker Brown - Give Me a Reason
RELEASE: Hucker Brown - LABEL: Unsigned
02:51pm The Protesters - Soul Of The Nation
RELEASE: Soul Of The Nation - LABEL: Independant
02:56pm King Tide - Life Boat
RELEASE: Roots Pop Reggae - LABEL: Vitamin

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 10th February, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 10th February, 2017
Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra - Where Do We Go From Here?
RELEASE: Fiddes vs. Tinkler
Omar Sosa - La Tra
RELEASE: Mulatos - LABEL: ta Records
Divergence Jazz Orchestra - Trinity
RELEASE: Fake It Until You Make It
Athésia & The Gentlemen - Yomango
RELEASE: Athesia - LABEL: Independent
Rodric White - Scared Song
RELEASE: New Jazz Directions - LABEL: La Brava
The Hipstones - Read Your Mind
RELEASE: Wise Man - LABEL: -
The Hipstones - Part 1 - Anthea White - Take One Backstage
RELEASE: Take One: Backstage Podcast - LABEL: Eastside Radio 89.7FM
The Hipstones - Wise Man
RELEASE: Wise Man - LABEL: -
The Hipstones -Part 2 - Anthea White - Take One Backstage
RELEASE: Take One: Backstage Podcast - LABEL: Eastside Radio 89.7FM
Eugene Hideaway Bridges - Love You In Every Way
RELEASE: Hold On a Little Bit Longer - LABEL: Blue Armadillo
James Southwell - Walkin' Now
The Lachy Doley Group - Lucille
RELEASE: Conviction - LABEL: Independent
Midnight Tea Party - Magic Roundabout
RELEASE: Midnight Tea Party - LABEL: Independent

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 3rd February, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 3rd February, 2017
Nic Jefferies - There Is No Greater Love
James Muller Trio - Arco
RELEASE: All Out - LABEL: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Phillip Johnston's 'Page of Madness Suite' - At Peace with a Mop
RELEASE: SIMA Presents Summer Jazz 2016/2017 - LABEL: -
The Idea of North and James Morrison - Dear John
RELEASE: Feels Like Spring - LABEL: ABC Jazz
Miriam Lieberman - I Awake
RELEASE: Full Circle - LABEL: Independent
Baby Et Lulu - Paris Se Regarde
RELEASE: Album Deux - LABEL: MGM Distribution
Wizards Of Oz - Where Can I Park My Horse?
RELEASE: Wizards of OZ Soundtrack - LABEL: Polygram Records
The Hipstones - Wise Man
Charcoal - St Louis
Elle May` - Burn That Candle
Ann Vriend - You Can Have Me
RELEASE: For the People in the Mean Time - LABEL: Independent/CD Baby
Hucker Brown - Give Me a Reason
RELEASE: Hucker Brown - LABEL: Unsigned

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 20th January, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 20th January, 2017
01:36pm Sydney Jazz Orchestra - Teen town
RELEASE: Nothing Personal - LABEL: ABC Music
01:44pm James Morrison Academy Jazz Orchestra - (Back Home Again In) Indiana
RELEASE: James Morrison with his Academy Jazz Orchestra - LABEL: ABC
01:53pm Steve Hunter - Jamaica Smile
RELEASE: if blue was orange - LABEL: New Market Music
02:01pm Vince Jones - Evolution
RELEASE: Live - LABEL: Independent
02:11pm The Idea Of North - It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
RELEASE: Extraordinary Tale - LABEL: Magnetic Records
02:19pm Hieronymus Trio - Crows Will Still Fly
RELEASE: Hieronymustrio
02:28pm Nell Greco - Dindi
02:34pm Mr. Percival - Microphones
RELEASE: Microphones
02:40pm Bobby ALu - Love You MOre
RELEASE: Take It Slow - LABEL: INdependent
02:46pm the bamboos - What I Know
RELEASE: Medicine Man - LABEL: Inertia Recordings
02:55pm Hat Fitz & Cara - Won't Bow Down
RELEASE: After The Rain - LABEL: Independent

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 13th January, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 13th January, 2017
Françesca Prihasti - Summer Sky
RELEASE: Evolving - LABEL: independent
Nic Vardanega - Revelation
RELEASE: Inverno - LABEL: Independent
Greg Poppleton And The Bakelite Broadcasters - St James Infirmary (Bonus Alternative Take)
RELEASE: Doin the Charleston - LABEL: Independent
Steve Hunter - The Kingston Grin
RELEASE: Cosmos - LABEL: Green Square
Miriam Waks - Peel Me A Grape
RELEASE: Waksing Lyrical - LABEL: Independent
Umbrellas - Ernie's Green Bucket
RELEASE: Lounge Suite Tango - LABEL: ARM 01
Emma Pask - Cosita Divina
RELEASE: Cosita Divina - LABEL: Independent
Garfish - Laughing Jackass And The Sunfire
RELEASE: Garfish Volume 1 - LABEL: Earshift Music
Mister Ott - Single Shot
RELEASE: Single Shot - LABEL: Independant
Moussa Diakité - Miniamba
RELEASE: Doncomodja - LABEL: Wassa Records