An album launch for a four-piece band living on three different continents plus Tasmania.

You can support the production of the album here : 

Spike Mason will be once again visiting the North Island to play the saxophone.

At this Colbourne Ave gig you will have the chance to hear him create new melodies with the amazing New York based double bass legend - Mark Lau, who will be visiting Aus for a few brief weeks. Spike and Mark have been musical compadres for over 20 yrs so there will be great music and many stories too. Joining them both will be the always inventive and rhythmically satisfying James Waples on Drums. This will prove to be an exciting nite of new music, old music, and never heard of before or since music...


*actual band may not match photo.

Mark has an extremely minimalist website, even for a jazz musician :

Henri and Spike have been playing music together for almost 20 years. They play in each other's bands, record on each other's albums, and both really like Arvo Part (but Henri is Estonian so that's a no brainer).  This musical meeting will give these two friends the opportunity to play some of their own original music in an intimate and personal setting.
And their other friend Jeremy Sawkins has just agreed to play.  so it will be a trio.  probably in the round.  with the new lounges.  certainly great sydney jazz.

it might be a tiny bit like this : or this

A conversation without words...

Henri has a new album.  This is the launch.  He's bringing Spike Mason up from Tasmania especially for the occasion.  Don't miss it.

henri peipman :piano
spike mason :saxophones
matt gruebner :double bass
tim firth :drums

"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

Spike's Farewell Gig
This will be Spike's last Sydney gig before he moves with his family to Tasmania.
Spike will be joined by long time musical friends Barney Wakeford on piano, Aris Kartsonas on guitar, and Gabe Hons on percussion.
They will be playing their favourite jazz standards, a few original tunes, and completely improvised pieces.
Come along and hang with Spike as he does what he does best, and listen to some great music and a few stories too.
If you're a muso, bring an instrument and sit in with the band. If you're not a muso, I'm sure we'll be able to find a tambourine for you if you like...

This new quartet will be playing a collection of original music, jazz standards, and reworked classical tunes arranged especially for this ensemble - featuring henri peipman on piano, spike mason on saxophones, matt gruebner on double bass and tim firth on drums

Nadje Noordhuis, 2007 Thelonius Monk International Jazz trumpet competition finalist, New York adoptee since 2003,    will playing with local lads Henri Peipman (piano) and Tim Firth (drums) along with Mark Lau (double bass).   Nadje's music has grace strength and beauty not disimilar to the lyrical work of Dave Douglas, whom she recently had the pleasure of working with as part of the exclusive Carnegie Hall young artists in residence programme. And as for the band you couldn't ask for a more sympathetic and tasteful accompaniment...

The long-awaited launch of Clea Crimson’s debut album “Home Is Where The Art Is”.

The album is a collection of jazz/folk infused songs written by Clea and recorded live over two days at Aphek Studio with some of Sydney’s best jazz musicians (Bill Risby, Ben Ackland, Steve Elphick, Toby Hall and Spike Mason).

“I enjoy the process of recording live songs with the band – rather than tracking everything separately and then putting it all together.” says Clea. “It is an intense focus, to sing every time knowing it might be the one that goes on the album. We were exhausted at the end of the two days but I think we came away with a great result.”


Luke Pittman will open the night.  Growing up on a steady musical diet of Metal, Punk Rock and eventually Neil Young, one might be expecting a musical outcome sounding something like a very cranky bloke singing folk music.  The result is in fact laid back tunes ruminating on Love, God, Love, Satisfaction, Love, Dissatisfaction and the ocean, all presented in a voice sounding some what more like Tim Buckley than Jeff Buckley.  After a few years off, he returns to the stage in 2011 with a newfound relaxed stage presence that only comes from re-assessing life's bigger questions and coming up with very few answers.

The first performance of Spike Mason’s long-awaited new work - a significant new Australian composition for jazz sextet: Spike Mason (saxophones, composer), Henri Peipman (piano) Kristin Berardi (vocals), gareth lewis (trombone), gillian smith (violin), steve elphick (double bass)