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.
20 Mar 2008The Translators
24 Apr 2008Mark Isaacs trio
15 May 2008Gavin Ahearn trio
22 May 2008Chloe Hall
26 Jun 2008Liz Frencham and Robbie Long
10 Jul 2008Christian Watson’s Amarna Ensemble
14 Aug 2008Dorian Mode with his swinging trio
Fifteen years ago I loved Cafe of Broken Dreams and Rebirth of the Cool. But that was after Dorian turned to writing, and I never thought I’d get to see him sing. Now he’s recorded his fifth album, and he’s launching it for us. Thanks Dorian!
A rare Sydney performance from composer-singer-pianist Dorian Mode and his swinging trio (EOS regular Jono Brown on Bass and Nic Cecire on Drums). Dorian peppers his concerts with funny surreal yarns which accompany his songs, along with beatnik readings from his laugh-out-loud novels. His recent CD earned two ABC Radio awards and his books are bestsellers both here and in Europe.
18 Sep 2008Rae Howell (Sunwrae Ensemble) and Madeleine Johanna Turewicz
09 Oct 2008Paul Cutlan and Andrew Robson : Simpatico
01 Nov 2008Jazz Piano Master Series III
16 solo pianists over four weeks. This series was largely responsible for our decision to host concerts more often.
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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