Colbourne Ave started after musician Spike Mason was travelling around Europe in 1996. He went to some beautiful jazz concerts that were acoustic, and more like concerts than he was used to in the Sydney jazz scene. One of these was in the round, and it was so moving and intimate that he decided to try and recreate the experience in his own scene back home. After much searching, he found that the church in Glebe he was working for had perfect acoustics for listening. From 2000 to 2009 the venue was called "eight oclock sharp", the name of the first ever series - a season of the play Waiting For Godot with five jazz piano concerts. There was a very strict 'no talking during the music' rule, and the promise that the music would start exactly on time - eight oclock sharp!
Over the years, and with help from Andrew, Barney, and the CafeChurch community, the concert series grew from half a dozen performances a year - almost always acoustic, often in the round with great musicians and respectful audiences - until in 2008 they organized their third 'Jazz Piano Master Series' with sixteen solo pianists over four weeks. It was so good they decided they had to do it every week! Over the next couple of years we managed to organise a consistent series of concerts, and changed our name to Colbourne Ave.
07 Mar 2002Program 1, 2002
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.
Band of 5 Names
Nick Bowd Group
Jeremy Sawkins Project
Sean Wayland Duo
01 Sep 2002Program 2, 2002
The second program for 2002 was Spike's most ambitious yet. We held concerts every Thursday for three months with strong local bands encompassing jazz, pop, electronica, folk, and world music. Cathy Kirkpatrick once again designed a striking postcard, and I believe this was the first year we had a website.
05 Sep 2002ADRIAN PETLEVANY
5th september 2002
jazz guitar quartet
It’s been confirmed … The stars are in perfect alignment for the re-union of the ever-wandering musicians. The unheard will be finally given public voice, and one or two of those unseen will appear. The earth had sent Mark Lau. His solid sound will provide the platform upon which the others will launch themselves. Close by him will be the fire of Craig Simon. The heat and light provided by him will warm all. Sean Coffin will be riding the air as it passes through his tenor. Finally, the tides will be brought in by the sounds of Adrian Petlevanny, the leader and caretaker of the harmonic currents.
Adrian Petlevanny: Guitar
Sean Coffin: Tenor Sax
Mark Lau: Bass
Craig Simon: Drums
12 Sep 2002STROBE COMA VIRGO :: phil slater
19 Sep 2002MERV
26 Sep 2002TJ ECKLEBERG
03 Oct 2002VIRCULUM
10 Oct 2002RICK BULL aka DEEPCHILD & guests
17 Oct 2002LUKE PITTMAN
24 Oct 2002TRIOSK
31 Oct 2002SYDNEY SAXOPHONE SYNDICATE
07 Nov 2002OXIMETRIC
14 Nov 2002JIGZAG
28 Nov 2002BEHEMOTH
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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