The Daryl Pratt Sextet is looking forward to a return visit to Colbourne Ave. Influenced by recent developments in improvised music blending acoustic and electronic sounds, the band's repertoire features new pieces by Daryl designed especially for this outstanding line-up.

Everybody loves Matt, and the synergy he has developed with Jono Brown and Simon Barker over a decady is astounding.  They will play pieces from their 13 year history and some brand new ones too.
Of their cd "Ellipsis" John Shand said in the Sydney Morning Herald:
"McMahon's playing is ravishing ... The recording quality is excellent and the music is as good as any current piano-trio jazz"

Hewetson.  McMahon.  Slater.  Barker.
need i say more? ok i will...

Alexander Hewetson, the original bass player in the highly successful 90’s jazz groove outfit D.I.G, also played and recorded with funksters Swoop between 1992 and 1998.  With Climbing Tree he brings his unconstrained grooves and evocative compositions to three of the defining voices of Sydney's jazz scene, trumpeter Phil Slater, pianist Matt McMahon and drummer Simon Barker.

Climbing Tree launched their debut album Tree Music with us back in february 2009 and have been regular visitors ever since.  I love them.  This music is good.  really really good.  if you're think trumpets are too loud, or bands without singers aren't interesting, or modern jazz is boring, come and have your mind changed.

here's what they say:

Climbing Tree are very happy to be back at Colbourne Ave, looking forward to the warm surroundings and friendly atmosphere of Café Church. Climbing Tree’s debut album Tree Music showcases Alexander Hewetson’s talent as a composer with the highly evocative music featuring all original compositions. Alexander’s group showcases three of Australia’s finest musicians in trumpeter Phil Slater, pianist Matt McMahon and drummer Simon Barker, with whom he previously played for about ten years in the group Baecastuff. The group played an integral part in the arrangements and Alexander notes that “sometimes the arranging and writing becomes one and the same thing, especially with such great musicians as these.”

with Jono Brown and Simon Barker

come on.

16 solo pianists over four weeks.  This series was largely responsible for our decision to host concerts more often.

The perfectly controlled tones of these four musicians were largely responsible for our decision to run Colbourne Ave as a venue every week.  They play once a year.  This event actually covers three years, including the Feb 2009 concert with projections from nature.


Four Thursdays in November, 2006 : Barney Wakeford curated this incredible series of solo pianists.

2 Nov:
Bill Risby | Barney Wakeford

9 Nov:
Matt McMahon | Peter Locke

16 Nov:
Free For All : Piano Orchestra

23 Nov:
Judy Bailey | Kevin Hunt

30 Nov:
Mike Nock | Kenny Powell

jazz suitcase postcard

eight oclock sharp dates postcard

The first program for 2002 featured four Sydney Jazz ensembles of very differing styles and concepts. There was a guitar/piano duet, a jazz electronica trio, an acoustic quartet, and an electric jazz quartet.

7th march

Band of 5 Names

14th march

Nick Bowd Group

21st march

Jeremy Sawkins Project

28th march

Sean Wayland Duo

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