The first in our April 2014 Jazz Piano Master Series - featuring entrants, finalists, and the winner of the Wangaratta jazz award.

This week, Harry Sutherland and Barney Wakeford.  Two excellent piano players, and very fine human beings.

Barney Wakeford is an endlessly inventive improvisor, a free, intuitive player whose open approach was born from decades of intense study.  In full flight, his playing is mesmerising.  He had some beautiful new compositions at his last trio gig, I'm looking forward to the solo versions.

Harry is a very versatile player.  You can see him playing trad jazz at the RSL, new music at the Foundry, hip hop grooves at festivals.  You can hear him around town almost every week in a trio, a large ensemble, or a big band - and this week, solo.  He won the James Morrison scholarship in 2010 - come and decide whether he should have won the Wangaratta prize.

Tim Winton writes There's no sweeter feeling than falling.

Hear a trio breathing as one, free falling & soaring, led by unique pianist & composer Barney Wakeford, & later with special guest saxophonist Spike Mason from south of the border sitting in.

It's jazz to tapdance in a hot shower to.  Duck Wellington, Umbrella Fitzgerald, Melodious Funk - the playful sound of jazz spoonerisms.

Fred Smith and Liz Frencham will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their album Into My Room.

It'll be valentine's day.

Now, you and I both know that Valentine's Day is a creation of the Hallmark stationery company. But we also know that positing that fact as an excuse for ignoring it simply won't wash with your significant other. You're going to have to come up with something romantic to do that night, and do we have a bargain for you:

Fred and Liz have lined up Barney Wakeford to play with us. He tickled the ivories on the Into My Room album and they will be covering every song from that recording and playing a few others on the night. Bring a picnic dinner or dine beforehand on Glebe Point Road. Booking details below, but do get in quick as there are only 90 tickets.

album details here :

book online here :


More sculptural than musical,
more conceptual than actual.

It's Good Charlotte and Bad Religion,
it's Crooked Fiddle and the Stiff Gins,
It's Einstürzende Neubauten and the Dirty Three,
It's Blue Note and the Yellow House, the Blau Reiter and Black Sabbath.

It's Adjective Noun, the free improvising quartet born from a decade of the event known as Free For All.  So free that the quartet may have two or four or six members, and may even include the audience.  So free that the only rule is that there must not be any rules.  A performance directed by an open ritual, developed over years of rehearsals in collaboration with hundreds of musicians and onlookers, refined to create a jazz music unrestricted by the rules of jazz...


read a discussion on our name on Steve Albini's forum

"I only get to visit the mainland every so often, and I really wanted to play some new music with some old friends in my favourite venue. So I called some musos that I like playing with and asked them to come and play. Each person in the group will be writing and arranging new music just for this night so they'll be many beautiful new melodies and harmonies. It'll be a unique and special gig, and I hope you'll enjoy all the sounds as much as I will... Spike"
Mike Kenny - trumpet, flugalhorn
Matt Greubner - double bass
Richard Maegraith - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Barney Wakeford - piano,rhodes
Spike Mason - alto and soprano saxophones

Forged in the searing desert sands of the Persian Gulf, The League of Rosebud has groovy restraint yet bluesy swing - picture Ahmed Jamal, Ray Brown, and Paul Motion in an oasis in Abu Dhabi.

Barney Wakeford on keys, Steve Lee on drums Nick Hoorweg on bass.

and special guest, Con Campbell on sax for the second set.

Barney Wakeford is a truly innovative pianist and improviser. Catch his trio in the intimate surrounds of Colbourne Ave. Expect the unexpected.


John Blenkhorn returns to colbourne ave to do a final trio show  before jetting off to Ascona switzerland to play at the jazz festival there with an all australian band featuring emma pask and bob henderson.

John is one of Sydneys finest guitarist and has performed and recorded with the likes of George Washingmachine and US trumpet giant and Harry Connick Jnr band member,  Leroy Jones.
Tonight John will perform with Barney Wakeford (piano) and Tom Wade (bass), playing original arrangements of repetoire by Wes Montgomery, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Kenny Burrell.

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