Revered jazz man Allan Browne has had to concede after six decades behind the kit that "it's easier to play the drums than set them up." The highly awarded Australian jazz pioneer will celebrate his 70th birthday over three nights at Bennetts Lane. Next Monday his quintet will preview its new project based on Homer's Odyssey. On Tuesday he'll retrace his trad New Orleans roots. Paul Grabowsky joins him on August 19 for If Memory Serves: uncharted impressions of their ARIA-winning early '90s collaborations. After three years of Sunday nights in St Kilda, nor is he planning to miss a beat at Claypots with his wife Margie Lou Dyer.