This quartet features the awesome talents of Jonathan Zwartz on Bass and Hamish Stuart on drums plus Carl Morgan on guitar- winner of the national jazz award 2014
While attending Germany’s largest music academy in Cologne for 4 years, Louis absorbed a wide variety of influences - workshopping with the likes of John Taylor, Aaron Parks, Alan Broadbent and studying under Hubert Nuss and Florian Ross.

These influences come together in this new quartet which values tradition and familiar forms but you’ll also hear modern harmony and abstract colours. The compositions span an array of styles including swing, ballad, blues and groove while some tunes lend themselves to spontaneous improvisation and open playing.

No matter what your tastes are there’ll be something for you at Colbourne Avenue June 16. It's a great cruisy venue where you can bring your own food and drinks with comfy lounges and ambient lighting. So come on down and treat yourself!!!

After many years of touring and performing together, Jake Barden (Sydney) and Louis Stapleton (Germany) formed a great musical bond and deep understanding of each other’s playing. In 2008 and 2009, Louis and Jake toured Europe together playing at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz a Vienne in France and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Since then, Louis has moved to Weimar, Germany where he is studying at the Franz Liszt School of Music and Jake is now studying at the Sydney Conservatorium.  Last year they recorded an album together (Late Nights and City Lights), and while Louis is back in Australia for a couple of months we have the opportunity to hear them together, with Cam Reid on drums and Brendan Clarke on double bass.

“Jake Barden is a very talented musician. I’m sure his name will be widely known among the next generation of top players”
— Don Burrows, 2010
“Louis has strong concepts of voicing, melodic line, complex rhythms and I must say, for his age, his compositions are very advanced”
— Tom O ́Halloran, 2008

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