George is a legend, a brilliant fiddle player and astounding entertainer.  His main-line is gypsy jazz, which he plays with his various duets, trios, and quartets. 

But for his last gig at Colbourne Ave, he got together old friends Peter Locks and Jonathan Zwartz, leaning into some standards and styles you'll rarely hear played or sung like this.

It was fantastic.  We booked another date so we could hear it again.

Amelia Johnson - Vocals  (imagine that i've spliced that photo of Kelly playing piano together with a photo of Amelia behind the mic)
Kelly Ottaway - Piano
Spike Mason - Saxes
Brendan Clarke - Bass
Andrew Dickeson - Drums

The master of swing and melodic invention, Mr Bob Barnard, makes his Colbourne debut with the killer trio of Andrew Dickeson, Pete Locke and Brendan Clarke. This is a very rare to hear opportunity to hear Bob play in all-acoustic, beautifully dynamic environment.

Internationally renowned saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans OAM is one of the true legends Australian Jazz. The recipient of too many Awards to mention (most recently a Churchill Fellowship), Sandy is a composing member of the Australian Art Orchestra, The Catholics, The MARA! Band, and has been integrating her PhD studies of Indian classical music into her ever-broadening palette of musical invention.
Sandy has invited special guests and fellow saxophonist-composers Jeremy Rose and Tim Clarkson to join her in an improvised suite of music, combining and re-combining in solo, duo and trio. With the breadth of musical experience of these three musicians, it’s sure to be a sonic adventure with a lush palette.
Jeremy Rose’s composition and studies bridges Reggae to Norwegian Folk melodies, music of the Balkans and Cuba and jazz. An outstanding improviser and composer, he was a finalist in the Freedman Jazz Awards in 2012 and 2013. 
Tim Clarkson is a multi-instrumentalist bandleader and composer and multi-instrumentalist who’s unique compositional voice is influenced by the classical and folk music he grew up with and the polytonal directions of modern New York jazz. He has written for large and small ensembles through to full jazz orchestra and has released three albums as bandleader. 

“The stars seem to have aligned themselves… His playing achieves an aim of “stillness” in the air that is certainly evident.” 4/5 stars  – Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond

“So Alex Boneham’s bass and Cameron Reid’s drums are very much equal voices with Clarkson’s tenor saxophone, which often twists itself into the knotty rhythms rather than flying above them; rhythms made even more sinewy by Boneham’s singular vigour”.     3.5 /5 stars – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

John recently launched his new CD, Cognition, at the foundry.  If you missed it (or if you loved it and you want to hear it again), he'll be playing it again for us.

The Pocket Trio are a feel-good ensemble with an incredible sense of energy and rhythm. Drawing influence from the trios of Oscar Peterson, Bill Charlap, Wynton Kelly and Red Garland, their focus is on tight arrangements and groovy pockets. The Pocket Trio are guaranteed to provoke smiles, foot-tapping and good times. 

Andrew Scott (piano)
Tim Geldens (drums)
Brendan Clarke (bass)

It's Love :

Too Close for Comfort :

Cute :


It's an album launch, of an album recorded at Colbourne Ave over two nights in the heat of January 2013.  

It was great then, it'll be great now.

see the songs as recorded on YouTube

Relax on a comfy chair or sofa, bring some wine & friends

listen to

Brendan Clarke - bass
Paul Derricott - drums
Danny Carmichael - trumpet & trombone
Jeremy Sawkins - guitar
and Gai on saxes


play romantic ballads, quirky originals, Cuban cha-cha-cha and more 


In 2001 Brendan was the first bass player ever to win the prestigious National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Since then Brendan has played bass on over 50 albums and has appeared at all the major Australian jazz festivals including the Manly Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Wangaratta festival of Jazz and Blues, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Dubbo Jazz Festival, Freemantle Jazz festival, Glenelg Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He has toured Europe several times including performances at the Berlin jazz festival with the Sandy Evans Trio and Locarno film festival with David Blenkhorn. In 2004 he recorded at the famous Rainbow Studios in Oslo, Norway  as part of a European tour with the Sydney band “Theaktet” led by saxophonist David Theak.  Brendan has also represented Australia and performed in the Australian pavilion at World Expo in Japan in 2005 and again in Shanghai, China in 2010 with the George Washingmachine Trio.

In 2013 Brendan's quartet released their first album, Stretch.  Come and hear it live.

In January this year Mike recorded two nights of live music at Colbourne Ave.  The album is almost ready, and they'll be playing the songs this week to warm you up for their upcoming CD and DVD launch.   Three horns, piano, bass, and drums, playing original Sydney jazz.

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