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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 26th May, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 26th May, 2017
Kavita Shahs - 02_Visions
RELEASE: Visions - LABEL: Inner Circle Music
Jackie Orszaczky - Confidential
RELEASE: Deserted Downtown - LABEL: Vitamin
20th Century Dog - Sun Rise
RELEASE: Bone - LABEL: Earshift Music
Kenny Barron - The Smudge
RELEASE: Oscar, With Love - LABEL: Two Lions
Emma Pask - Cu Cu Cu Ru
RELEASE: Cosita Divina - LABEL: Independent
Hannah James - List Orer
RELEASE: Triliphony - LABEL: Inependent
Greg Osby - Vertical Hold
RELEASE: Channel Three - LABEL: Blue Note
Aratta Rebirth - Falling
RELEASE: Red Hail - LABEL: Plus Lion
Alphamama - If Ya Gon' Lie
RELEASE: Alphamama - LABEL: Creative Vibes
Emily Wurramara - Stomping Ground
RELEASE: Global Rhythms 2016 Live - LABEL: Eastside Records

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 19th May, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 19th May, 2017
Tim Bruer - Ti's Blues
RELEASE: Tim Bruer's Quartet - LABEL: independent
Matt McMahon - Sun
RELEASE: Paths and Streams - LABEL: Kimnara Records
Frances Madden - The Very Thought Of You
RELEASE: Live At The Basement And Foundry616 - LABEL: Independent
Baby Et Lulu - Je Cherche Un Homme
RELEASE: Album Deux - LABEL: MGM Distribution
Darren Heinrich Trio - Jingles
RELEASE: Playbar - LABEL: dazz jazz
Matilda Abraham - Isn't There A Way
RELEASE: New Balloon - LABEL: Independent
Sirens Big Band - Odd Time In Mali
RELEASE: Kali and the time of change
The Subterraneans - The Rush
RELEASE: The Subterraneans - LABEL: Inepedent
THE PROTESTERS - Slogans Of Fear
RELEASE: Postcolonial World - LABEL: Freedom Street Records
The Lachy Doley Group - Only Cure For The Blues Is The Blues
RELEASE: Lovelight - LABEL: Independent

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 12th May, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 12th May, 2017
01:36pm Gerard Master Trio - Radiohead
RELEASE: Palindrome - LABEL: Jazzgroove Recors
01:46pm Carl ewhurst - Dragon River
RELEASE: Live - LABEL: Independent
01:53pm Alister Spence Trio - Radium
02:11pm Mark Isaacs - You Never Forget Love
RELEASE: Resurgence Duendae - LABEL: Gracemusic
02:11pm The Greasy Chicken Orchestra - East St Louis Toodle Loo
RELEASE: Live - LABEL: Indeendent
02:18pm Emma Pask - Crickets Sing for Anna Maria
RELEASE: Cosita Divina - LABEL: Independent
02:35pm Wallace - Diaspora
02:44pm Michael Wheatley - Fact or Fiction
RELEASE: Unda Da Hod - LABEL: Indepedent
02:48pm All Our Exes Live In Texas - The Devil's Part
RELEASE: When We Fall
02:56pm Tim Hulsman(Featuring Nina Grant) - Yours Finally
RELEASE: Dead Mans Garden - LABEL: Independent

Take One - 01:30pm - Friday 5th May, 2017

Take One - 12:00am Friday 5th May, 2017
01:40pm Daryl Pratt - Flower at the Gate
RELEASE: First Intersection - LABEL: Independent
01:46pm Sandy Evans - Hand in Hand
RELEASE: When The Sky Cries Rainbows - LABEL: ABC Music
01:54pm Admiral's Big Band - That Old Black Magic
RELEASE: Straight Ahead
02:01pm Susan Gai Dowling Band - This Is My Lucky Day
RELEASE: Rent Party - LABEL: Rufus Records
02:08pm Katie Noonan - Bluebird
RELEASE: Songbook - LABEL: Kin Music
02:14pm Dan Barnett with guests Tricia Evy & Kelly Ottaway - They Can't Take That Away From Me
RELEASE: Walkin' Shoes - LABEL: Sony Studios
02:18pm Queen Porter Stomp - Shake That Thing
RELEASE: Queen Porter Stomp
02:26pm The Vampires - Bendalong
RELEASE: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke - LABEL: Earshift music
02:34pm Abuka - Samba Atravessado
RELEASE: One Take - LABEL: Independent
02:44pm Mitch Anderson - I Go Crazy
02:50pm Clayton Doley - We're Still Changing
RELEASE: Bayou Billabong - LABEL: HiFi-Doley-T
02:57pm Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
RELEASE: Chess Blues - LABEL: MCA Records