About the venue
Colbourne Ave is a listening venue, an acoustic venue, a place where you can hear the details in the music. Jazz, with an emphasis on the piano.
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Our address is 37-47 St Johns Rd Glebe - on the corner of St Johns Rd and Colbourne Ave (click to open in google maps) Catch any "Glebe Pt Rd" bus from the city, get off at Glebe Post Office, walk down St Johns Rd towards the city, there you are. We don't pre-book or pre-pay (and we don't have a credit card machine). Arrive early if you want the best lounge, but we never turn anyone away so if you're right on time you won't miss out.
Music starts at 8pm (or shortly after), it's usually two sets with a break for coffee and a chat - all over between 10 and 11pm, but we like to hang around and finish our bottle of wine after that.
We don't have a bar, which keeps the room quiet and cheap - it's BYO fine wine and great beer. It is a very comfy room with relaxing lounges, soft lamps and candles, an excellent piano, great acoustics (that musicians love), eclectic programming and access for all ages. We have one of the few legal spaces where you can bring your own drinks and food - or order Thai food to be delivered. We provide tea and coffee and wine glasses.
We only run on Thursday nights. Barney books the musicians - we try to book only the sort of sounds we think work with the acoustics of the room, and when we can we try to organise around a theme each month. If you would like to play at Colbourne Ave, the best thing to do is come down and talk to Barney. We do this for free, and it's quite a lot of work, so we hope you'll understand if we don't get back to you very quickly, and if it sometimes looks like we're struggling to stay ahead.
Thanks to the Glebe Uniting Church for their support over many years
Katerina from around the corner made this video mid-2010. The song is an indian folk/jazz theme by Guy Strazz, from his album Calcutta Express : http://guystrazz.com/media-2/mp3-lounge/ :
And Jens, one of our favourite regulars, wrote this:
A group of friends get together every Thursday eve. They are well known in the music world, and they invite other people who are professional jazz players. Many play the piano. This is the best kept secret in town.
A very modest few dollars gets you in to a lovely square room with wonderful acoustics. There are sofas and comfortable chairs. A fantastic atmosphere. Free coffee/tea and you can bring wine, food, etc. This is low cost world class entertainment, but only if you love Jazz - no disco, pop or other distractions.
cnr Colbourne Ave and St Johns Road, Glebe ( google map )
Thursdays from 8pm
anything you like - dinner, snacks, beverages, friends (glasses provided).
$20 / $10 concession for all concerts
Comfortable lounges, candlelight, all ages welcome.
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