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.

  • 01 May 2003

    In 2003 Spike Mason once again curated a huge series of concerts mostly jazz and world music with some amazing vocalists.  It would be six more years before any of us found the energy to organise a series of this standard, running for this long.

    1st may

    Tempo di Tango :: string tango trio

    8th may

    Michael Kahr :: folk piano jazz

    15th may

    Dr Aimless :: jazz-pop fusion
    TUFA :: southeast asian electronica

    22nd may

    Java Quartet :: dark melodic acoustic jazz

    29th may

    Sarah Blasko :: seductive woman of pop
    Lady Jane :: acoustic mellow rock

    5th june

    Khayal ::classical nth indian vocal music

    12th june

    Louise Perryman :: soothing, siren, sensual soul
    Deborah Dicembre :: acoustic rock

    19th june

    Hevahl :: kurdish folk, trance grooves
    Eastern Music Ensemble :: indian classical

    26th june

    Geospace :: jazz sax quartet - Alfredo Lopes

    3rd july

    The Splinter Orchestra :: 20 piece improvisation group

    10th july

    Aris Kartsonas Project :: original jazz guitar ensemble

    17th july

    Barney Wakeford Group :: piano jazz

    31st july

    Paul McNamara & Friends :: jazz piano, solo, duo, trio

    7th august

    Andy Bull :: intelligent nu-soul songs
    Mbahago :: spike's got a new daughter

    14th august

    Mic Conway's National Junk Band :: post millenial vaudevillian cabaret

    21st august

    Selah :: album launch - 10 piece jazz

    28th august

    Tom Waits Tribute :: many songsters and songs


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