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 Jan 2011

    Gavin's new Brazillian band, Sussurro, will start our year with a sultry mid-january party.  they'll be recording a video clip.  Enjoy classic and innovative readings of the timeless Brazilian songbook - echoes of Jobim, Luis Bonfa, Joao and Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Djavan and others.

    Forming the core of Sussurro are Jeanne Bastos (vocals, percussion) Peter Toohey (guitar) and Gavin Ahearn (piano). Jeanne is “the real deal” bringing her heritage from Bahia to down under. Peter continues his decades long love affair with the Brazilian guitar tradition. Gavin is a Colbourne regular. In the engine room are bassist Peter Gray who studied in NY with John Pattituci, and the in-demand and diverse Tim Bradley on percussion/drums. Sussurro are a whisper of Brazil on a sultry summer night in Sydney. Come and enjoy.

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  • 21 Jan 2011
    Glenn Henrich's afro-cubists

    Glenn Henrich, vibraphone master and multi-instrumentalist, returns with his afro-cubans.  I asked Barney what was the afro part in an afro-cuban band, and he said "they're just cubans with big hair". This band aren't even cuban, and none of them have much hair, but Glenn does look a bit El Presidente in his photo...

    the band is Glenn Henrich on vibes and woodwind, Matt Moore on drums, Pete Kohlhoff on bass, Barney Wakeford on piano, and Giogio Rojas on percussion. The repertoire will be mostly famous highlights from the 50's/60's latin meets bebop book, compiled and transcribed in part by Glenn from such player/composers as Dizzy Gilliespie, Chano Pozo, Walter Fuller, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, several from Cal Tjader, one from Clare Fischer,an Art Pepper Latin tune,several new latin takes on Coltrane tunes, maybe one or two originals.

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  • 27 Jan 2011
    Bri Cowlishaw

    Maybe you aren't one of Bri's 1200 facebook friends, maybe you didn't follow her adventures through the jazz capitals of the world last year, culminating in the recording of her first album in New York with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Greg Hutchinson, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Mike Moreno.

    but tonight you can hear her beautiful voice fill Colbourne Ave in real life, with a completely different and much more local band - Greg Coffin (piano), Ken Allars (trumpet), James Muller (guitar),Brendan Clarke (bass), Nic Cecire (drums)

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  • 03 Feb 2011
    Ray Cassar on trumpet

    Darkly melodic soulful trumpet - Ray Cassar with Barney Wakeford (piano) and Cam Reid (drums).  Ray has played with Human Nature, David Campbell, Frank Bennet, Jimmy Barnes, Basement Jaxx, and tonight with Barney and Cam!  Barney has been chasing him for a while, and it's finally come together.

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  • 10 Feb 2011
    Los Monos

    I saw these guys in Bellingen.  there was a flood.  thousands of campers stranded, elbowing themselves into the pub, where a little flamenco band expected to be playing to a few Sunday afternoon drinkers, but instead had a whole city of festival refugees.  They held their own.  It was great.  After some negotiating, we have them in the last couple of weeks before they too leave for Europe.  Here's what they say:

    Los Monos is a Sydney based group of flamenco loving musicians.  From their origins as three tree climbing companions busking in the tunnels of central station, Los Tres Monos began composing arousing melodies of Spanish and Latin flavors in order to make people yell "ole!" and dance around in circles.

    This was all to change when they were approached by a roaming singer from Cadiz and a charming, yet dangerous pianist.  The culmination of musical backgrounds and desire to make people smile and move has resulted in a unique Australian blend of flamenco puro and Latin jazz.  Each of the Monos have impressive musical CV's that include respective bachelors in music and extensive touring nationally and internationally. They are also often joined by renowned Sydney Latin and Flamenco artists.

    To see photos, Videos, and to hear their E.P. go to


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  • 18 Feb 2011
    Eamon Dilworth / Steven Barry

    Eamon sat in for the last song of Steven Barry's set last December.  I had hoped for a year to hear his trumpet at Colbourne Ave, and it didn't let me down.  He's moving to Europe in March, so this concert - a set by the Steven Barry trio + Eamon, followed by a whole set of duets between Eamon and Steven - will be his last for a long time.  I love it already.

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  • 24 Feb 2011

    Well, we haven't booked anybody this week.

    but we'll still be there.

    so if you want to come down, hang out, play some tunes, have a drink, Andrew and Barney will be there with you.

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  • 03 Mar 2011
    Adjective Noun

    It's the Rolling Stones and Stormy Monday.

    it's Hot Gossip and the Bad Seeds.

    It's Blue Note and the Yellow House, the Blau Reiter and Black Sabbath.

    It's Cold Chisel and the Stone Roses, Pink Floyd, the White Stripes, Bad Religion and the Dirty Three.

    It's Adjective Noun, the free improvising quartet born from a decade of open performances at Free For All.


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  • 10 Mar 2011
    Elizabeth Geyer Trio

    As a freelance trumpetplayer and vocalist, Elizabeth has supported James Morrison, Gene Pitney and Harry Secombe and was a feature vocalist and soloist with Swing City before taking up songwriting. After performing her songs extensively in the US and Europe in 2007, Elizabeth released her third album,  'On Patrol With The Jazz Police' and in 2009 her song The Dream won Best Song in international competition IAC and was featured on the American US  Smooth Jazz Compilation Album in 2010.

    With Bill Risby and Nic Cicere. Have a listen:


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  • 17 Mar 2011
    Peter Locke - Nat King Cole trio

    We'll be celebrating Nat King Cole's 92nd birthday (he only lived to 45) with an evening of his songs from the 40s and 50s.

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  • 24 Mar 2011
    Nigel Date presents the Date Maddox Band

    Nigel Date (guitar) and John Maddox (bass, vocals, kazoo) have been making music together for over 10 years. They have performed at major international festivals including Montreux, Cork Jazz Festival, New Caledonia Gypsy Guitar Festival,  Edinburgh, Wangaratta Jazz Fest, Oz Manouche, Woodford, Bellingen Jazz, Big Day Out and Bay of Islands. They have been at the core of bands such as their own Straight Back Fellows and Peppermint T. Both are in demand for jazz ensembles through to ‘hip hop’ and pop bands.  They make music that is full of humour and flair, always swinging and with great energy.

    On this night, they will be joined by two long-time associates, the talented Tim Bradley on drums and Colbourne Ave’s very own piano maestro Barney Wakeford.

    The night promises to be an entertaining ride through music history, from American jazz to Cuban rhythms and French gypsy swing as well their own orchestrations and improvisations.

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  • 25 Mar 2011
    Clea Crimson "Home Is Where The Art Is" ALBUM LAUNCH

    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.

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  • 31 Mar 2011
    James Wylie Trio

    Back in NZ from several years living in Boston, James Wylie is a saxophonist/clarinetist involved in microtonal music and active in many styles including improvised music and jazz, contemporary classical and bluegrass. In this project he will present a woodwinds/bass/drums trio exploring a program of new and borrowed compos...itions and improvisations hinting at themes from Federico Fellini to Hank Williams.

    Joining him will be two of Australian Jazz’s rising stars - Alex Boneham (James Muller Trio, The Vampires, Steven Barry) on bass and James ‘Pug’ Waples (Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Jackson Harrison Trio) on drums.

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  • 07 Apr 2011

    No right angles in this band!

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  • 14 Apr 2011
    Guy Strazz World Jazz Quartet

    Playing Jazz spiced with Afro-Brazilian rhythms, the band includes long time collaborator and bass man, Hugh Fraser; distinguished emerging guitarist, Aaron Flower and Toby Hall.  Read more at, or check the great story while you listen at

    A classical and steel-string guitarist, Guy was trained in Italy and discovered Brazilian music while studying in the UK.  In 1984 he travelled to India with Roger Frampton's band and had an epiphany (that's how it goes with India).  Currently completing a PhD, his stellar career has seen him perform at national and international jazz festivals and receive APRA, AIR and IAP nominations and an APRA award as well as the Australia Council Music Fellowships.

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  • 21 Apr 2011
    Gai Bryant

    “The shadowy, serpentine soprano and alto trails of Gai Bryant are on the list of Australian jazz music’s most treasured delights.”
    Craig Pearce-Drum Media

    "Paul Derricott's... outstanding and varied compositions, intelligently played; (are)a demonstration of how pop influences can be fused into valuable jazz interpretations." John McBeath

    " Borthwick weaves agile lines around lazy trombone yawns and raking blasts." John Clare, Sydney Morning Herald

    Brief biographies and sound bytes are available at:

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  • 28 Apr 2011
    Barney Wakeford Trio

    Barney Wakeford on piano, with his conversational approach to standards and his mind-searching originals.  With old friends Jono Brown on bass and Cameron Reid on drums.  It's only a two (or three) day week, come down for the most relaxing gig in town.

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  • 05 May 2011
    Sunwrae String Quintet

    The Sunwrae Trio performance last year generated heaps of interest, lots of new Colbourne Ave fans, and endless hours of discussion between me and Barney about composition, improvisation, and performance.  This year, Rae Howell will be performing with accomplished musicians and long time collaborators - Rachael Kim (violin), Zachary Johnston (violin), Phoebe Green (viola) and Timothy Blake (cello). Eavesdropping is the fifth Australian tour for Sunwrae and will be featuring new compositions for piano and string quartet.

    Formed in 2001, Sunwrae is one of the world’s premiere nu chamber groups. They continue to forge a fresh direction in classical, jazz, and world music, delivering a dynamic musical experience shimmering with complex textures. “When I compose, I always think about the music’s impact in a live setting. For me, the live setting is important because it’s that one memory that people can take away, a memory that can’t be performed again and can’t be experienced at any other time.”

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  • 12 May 2011

    Chris Abrahams, James Waples, and Mike Markovski - maybe the most creative improvising trio in Sydney.  totally UN-composed, completely free jazz by three of sydney's free-est improvisors.  Despire their differences in age and history, they clearly understand each other well enough to climb around each others sounds.  ROIL mesmerise you with the way they surge together then careen apart, ramming textures and harmonics against each other in ways that would be totally destructive in less competent hands.

    I just found this overview of Mike's playing, by John Clare.  he quotes ROIL's last gig at Colbourne Ave:

    "More recently I heard him in Roil ... The room has a wonderful sound, so good in fact that even when Majkowski played glissando patterns by vooming the palms of his hands on the wood of the bass I thought he was using amplification, but they were all playing acoustically. “How do you do that?” I asked. “A lot practice,” he said. “And the room. Actually I’ve done a lot of work on projection.” Using the bow and, simultaneously, rapid fingers down near the bridge, Majkowski created a maze of high notes and interacting harmonics that took my breath away. Also pings, pops and chattering. The instrument was singing and crying like several voices, and in fact he sometimes projected his own voice into it.

    As with The Necks, so with Roil- in this regard at least: it is misleading to say there are no solos, but brief focus on one instrument can be the result of the others suddenly dropping in volume rather than the one shouldering itself into prominence. The isolated instrument suddenly has a kind of supernatural presence. There are a number of Australian contemporary jazz bands in which such a “solo” would be entirely in context. Others of course where it would not be seen to be serving the music."

    [John Clare,]

    and then he quotes Mike:

    “In this regard jazz is dead. But when I play with a trio like Roil I feel I am really playing jazz. In our rehearsals we just play. There’s no verbal dialogue, or very little. There’s no leader. No one is worried about playing over anyone else. We are solving the musical problems in the moment. We got together in 2007 and we weren’t talking about playing gigs. We just enjoyed playing together. Playing no one else’s music."


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  • 19 May 2011
    Jess Green & the Pre-Loved

    Well-worn songs that haven't been worn out.  Jess Green, guitarist with Captain Matchbox, Big Wheel, and occasionally The Catholics; Arne Hanna, working in just about every funk band in Sydney, and Nick Hoorweg from EUSH - reviving the lost art of harmony singing with songs written before amplification, before autotune, before the soloist became king.

    They're great songs, songs you've probably forgotten but your mother knew them.  The weaving guitars, the perfect harmonies, the between-the-wars optimism of the tunes as well as the music, will stay with you for weeks.  i promise.

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  • 26 May 2011
    Jonathan Hollowell : Off The Page trio

    One of our favourite improvisors, local pianist Jonathan Hollowell has a lyrical touch and a joyful approach to all music.  With Barry Klitchet on drums and Ken Roberts on double bass.

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  • 02 Jun 2011
    Evan Lohning piano trio

    Born in Melbourne sometime last century, Evan started his musical journey on drums, then played both trumpet and piano before finally specialising on piano. Best known for his arranging skills, he has written charts for some of the biggest names in Australian jazz - Don Burrows, James Morrison, John Morrison, Dale Barlow, Ian Cooper, Emma Pask, Marlene Richards, Monica Trapaga, Susan Gai Dowling. He is composer and arranger for the modern jazz big band “Evan Lohning Jazz Orchestra”, an ongoing project, influenced by the writing of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Gil Evans, and featuring some of Sydney’s best jazz performers.

    For this evening’s concert, Evan is accompanied by Australian jazz legend John Pochee on drums, and young lion Noel Mason on the bass. The great Susan Gai Dowling will join Evan in a duo bracket of rare gems and seldom-heard classics.

    here's an ABC recording of the big band sound, with a photo of a surfer:

    and his mySpace page, with some great recordings:



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  • 09 Jun 2011
    Roman pulati guitar trio

    "For most of 2009 I had a weekly gig at a club in the city with steve hunter, where we played with various drummers. we drew from an extensive repetoire of songs, ranging from originals through to classic tunes from bill evans, herbie, and chick corea, while also checking out the modern repetoire of joshua redman, pat metheny and kurt rosenwinkel. this trio worked well in a quiet setting, as we had noise restrictions as well, so for this gig ive booked steve hunter and jim piesse, an incredible drummer. it will be very cool."

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  • 16 Jun 2011
    Dan Tepfer solo piano

    Dan Tepfer is here for the Melbourne Jazz Festival, playing with his trio and with Lee Konitz.  He will be playing with his trio at 505 this week, but Colbourne Ave will be his only solo piano gig in Australia... here is some of his press release, written much better than i can:

    One of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post, a “player of exceptional poise” by the New York Times, “a singular voice” by Libération (France).

    By age 29, Dan has developed a rare improvisational gift and a complex yet deeply melodic approach to music. He has performed the world over in contexts ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, exploring a wide variety of idioms but always in the service of a personal aesthetic, a unified artistic identity. He has chronicled his talents on the solo disc Twelve Improvisations in Twelve Keys (2009) as well as the trio sessions Before the Storm (2005), Oxygen (2007) and Five Pedals Deep.

    In addition to working with his new trio, Dan continues to focus on full solo piano concerts of freely improvised music. As France’s Jazz Magazine has noted, he is “gifted with a heightened sense for form and an extraordinary confidence in his angles of attack.” His playing, whatever the context, is a model of fluidity and steady, effortless motion, immersed in jazz history but creating new history in turn.


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  • 23 Jun 2011
    Judy Bailey & Steven Barry

    Judy Bailey, possibly Australia's most influential living jazz musician.  Steven Barry, possibly her most promising student.  We will have two grand pianos and Judy and Steve will trade the solo and duet piano pieces they have prepared for a concert at the conservatorium next month.

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  • 30 Jun 2011
    Jackson Harrison

    Jackson Harrison piano trio

    Winner of the 2006 National jazz award for piano, Jackson Harrison is one of Australia's finest and original jazz pianists. Recently returned from touring Asia and  recording a solo piano album, Jackson brings his band to Colbourne Ave for what is sure to be a spellbinding night of music.

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  • 14 Jul 2011
    Andreea Kindryd : Slavery to Star Trek

    From a review of her show at the Adelaide Fringe:

    "African American Australian Andreea Kindryd’s ancestors and relatives swum across the Mississippi to move back in to slavery to be with the people they loved; they had families of eight children, all of whom got an education in a time when many people didn’t; they shot men in the Ku Klux Klan and escaped to California; they wrote hit songs for Elvis. Her mother worked as a hairdresser for many stars, including Nat King Cole, and was distressed by Kindryd’s choice to show off her natural kinky hair.

    Kindryd didn’t just live through the civil rights era: she spoke on the radio with Malcolm X; she was Martin Luther King’s PA (“okay, for a day” she admits). After college, she moved to New York and worked on a radio station in Harlem, and moving back to California, she was one of two African Americans hired to work for Lucille Ball’s production company Desilu Productions. There she worked on many shows, in particular the original Star Trek, where she worked for producer and inventor of Klingon Gene Coon, and kissed George Takei.

    To hear these stories first hand (or second or third hand in a direct ancestral line) in any case would be a privilege, but Kindryd is a generous, funny, loving and exciting storyteller. She not only recounts the stories of her and her family’s lives, she takes on their characters, re-enacting their situations and conversations."


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  • 21 Jul 2011
    Mark Lau, Spike Mason, Barney Wakeford, Simon Barker

    Mark Lau will be back from New York for a couple of weeks - and for this one night he has brought together three old friends, three of sydney's best free improvisers.

    Old Standards ==> New Measures

    Four improvisers who are dedicated to moving thru familiar jazz standard tunes in a fresh and unique way...


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  • 28 Jul 2011
    Showa 44

    Featuring Carl Dewhurst and Simon Barker, Showa 44 utilise tuned metallic resonances, rhythmic densities and spontaneous invention via electric guitar and percussion to manifest compelling and evocative soundscapes.
    Showa 44 are increasingly becoming recognized as one of Australia’s foremost creative ensembles. they say:

    Its been a long time since our last outing as Showa 44 but well worth the wait as we finally have the opportunity to perform at Colbourne Ave.
    It's the perfect environment both aesthetically and acoustically for us to present some of our more ambient work.
    If you haven't been along to this venue before its $20/$10 on the door and you can BYO whatever you like to eat or drink. You can buy things there too.
    Anyway we really hope you can make it along as we revisit some of the resonances from our last CD "Orneon"

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  • 05 Aug 2011

    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...

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  • 12 Aug 2011
    With Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson Ray Brown and Ed thigpen in mind,
    Gavin Ahearn, Alex Boneham,  Barney Wakeford and Cam Reid
    will be revisiting some of the bluesy swinging piano trio stylings of yesteryear..
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  • 18 Aug 2011
    Charlie and the Maddox Factory with PJ Wolf
    A special double bill.
    Mr wolf begins the night with a solo set of his masterful songs and voice. (for evidence listen to his amazing EP Arcadia St)
    "What's the time?" I hear you say.....
    Time then for Charlotte Craib and 'Black Santa' John Maddox with their charming Inner West Ricky Lee Jones meets gypsy Jaco pastorius in an alternate Steven Hawkings universe!
    have a look at Charlie and Jonny on youTube:
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  • 25 Aug 2011
    Keith Mansfield

    The iconic UK composer Keith Mansfield will be in conversation at Colbourne avenue this thursday, talking about the art and life of an arranger and playing solo piano along the way.  Keith's big brassy big band style of writing became emblematic of the 60's and 70's, and has been sampled by Quentin Tarantino on his film Kill Bill, by hiphoppers DangerMouse and Gnarles Barkley and Fatboy SlimRead and listen here for a great dissection of the way his 1969 "Soul Thing" was sampled by Danger Mouse and MF Doom in 2006. His compositions have become theme songs for westerns (Three bullets for a long gun), BBC programs (Grandstand, Wimbledon) and jazz instrumentalists (Maynard Ferguson).

    God knows what else hes done along the way, and thats why you should come and hear the man himself on Thursday

    Chase down his history on YouTube.


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  • 01 Sep 2011
    TJ Eckleberg: Berlin songs and stories: solo electric

    TJ Eckleberg solo electric in the intimate and gorgeous sounding Colbourne Ave. TJ presents two sets of songs drawn from the last five albums and recent journeys to Indonesia, Berlin and Japan. Only solo Sydney show, and last chance to see before he sets off again for collaborations in Tokyo and Berlin.

    The last time Andrew saw TJ play was in a gallery hidden three floors up in an abandoned warehouse in Berlin.  he was fantastic.


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  • 08 Sep 2011
    The Barden-Stapleton Project

    After many years of touring and performing together, Jake Barden (Sydney) and Louis Stapleton (Germany) formed a great musical bond and deep understanding of each other’s playing. In 2008 and 2009, Louis and Jake toured Europe together playing at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz a Vienne in France and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Since then, Louis has moved to Weimar, Germany where he is studying at the Franz Liszt School of Music and Jake is now studying at the Sydney Conservatorium.  Last year they recorded an album together (Late Nights and City Lights), and while Louis is back in Australia for a couple of months we have the opportunity to hear them together, with Cam Reid on drums and Brendan Clarke on double bass.

    “Jake Barden is a very talented musician. I’m sure his name will be widely known among the next generation of top players”
    — Don Burrows, 2010
    “Louis has strong concepts of voicing, melodic line, complex rhythms and I must say, for his age, his compositions are very advanced”
    — Tom O ́Halloran, 2008

    check out some youTube at

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  • 15 Sep 2011
    Gavin Ahearn trio

    I asked Gavin about the music.
    he sent me two awesome Bruce Dawe poems.
    i love bruce dawe almost as much as i love Gavin Ahearn.  Gavin is a beautifully creative improvisor whose depth of humanity is amplified through the keys.

    With Nic Cecire on drums and Jonathan Zwartz on double bass, I expect an emotionally and musically powerful night of Sydney style jazz.

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  • 22 Sep 2011
    Gadjo Guitars

    Gadjo Guitars, the gypsy jazz trio featuring Nigel Date, Jose Zarb from Marsala and Cameron Jones all playing Django-style guitar will for this concert also include special guests Daniel Weltlinger (violin) and John Maddox (acoustic bass).  "Gadjo" is a word gypsies have for non-gypsies, and these three guitarists don't have a drop of gypsy blood in their veins - but their hearts are with Django Reinhardt, the famous French gypsy who, despite having two paralysed fingers on his left hand, developed the most original and virtuostic guitar style in the history of jazz.

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  • 29 Sep 2011
    Barney Wakeford Trio

    Barney Wakeford, profoundly intuitive interpreter of the jazz repertoire, endlessly creative improviser, stalwart of the Sydney jazz scene.  With Jono Brown on bass and Cam Reid on drums, this will be music to your ears.

    Dave macC took some photos of Barney's last gig...

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  • 06 Oct 2011
    Francesca Prihasti

    Originally from Indonesia (In 2005, she led her quartet in the Jakarta International Java Jazz festival) but currently based in Sydney, Francesca Prihasti is now studying under Mike Nock at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and recently played with Dale Barlow in his sidewomen project.  It's the first time we've had the pleasure of hearing most of these young musicians - James Waples (drums), Alex Boneham (Double bass) , Nic Vardanega (guitar), Chris O Dea (Sax), and Simon Ferenci (trumpet) - it will be a great six piece band plaing Francesca's original compositions and new arrangements of standards

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  • 13 Oct 2011
    Glen Henrich + John Morrison
    Glen Henrich - vibraphone master and multi-instrumentalist, with John Morrison - one of our great jazz showmen, and Colbourne Ave regulars Pete Kohlhoff and Barney Wakeford.
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  • 20 Oct 2011
    Pearls & Ivories - Piano Songstresses

    Three singer-sonwriters :

    Chelsea Gibson (

    Drawing from Swedish fiction, unspoken experience, photographers and vintage silhouettes, Chelsea’s brand of indie-folk melodies drift over like a cool breeze on a sultry night.

    Songs from her "Drawing Midnight" EP have been shortlisted for the Pie Jam Competition and she is currently working on her second CD.


    Renee Jonas (

    One part Honey, two parts Pop, a sprinkling of Jazz with a dash of Folk - as Eva Cassidy meets Celine Dion, in the melting pot that cooks up 100% Renee Jonas. Renee is a singer/songwriter that has been performing for over a decade. Renee has performed in such prestigious venues as the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Telstra Dome. Singing songs about life, love and loss, her melifluous vocals and unforgettable songs take you on an intense emotional and melodic explosion of sound, feelings and pure entertainment.



    Natasha-Eloise (

    Natasha-Eloise is a singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist. Her music and lyrics a blend of soft rock and popular in style, has a maturity beyond her 16 years with her musical compositions possessing genuine emotion and passion. She brings her music to life with either the guitar or piano and her performances are characterised by the emotion carried by the lyrics, the cadence of the music and sincerity of the message conveyed


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  • 27 Oct 2011
    Spike Mason + Henri Peipman

    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

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  • 03 Nov 2011
    Ben Panucci trio

    Guitarist Ben Panucci is part of a new generation of young jazz musicians with an immediate appeal and individual sound and approach.  Accompanied by Alex Boneham on bass and James Waples, this will be young Sydney jazz at it's best, in a space perfect to appreciate the range and subtlety of these three very versatile players.

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  • 10 Nov 2011
    Liz Frencham

    It's Liz Frencham, totally solo.

    Since Jigzag's huge final show at Notes last year Liz hasn't played her own songs in Sydney.  Bring your wine and chocolate for a night of heart-warming songs and that most rare and beautiful thing, a girl standing alone with a double bass, singing.  This will be a preview of Liz's new solo album (recorded but not mastered), and a small peak into next years "you & me vol 2".

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  • 17 Nov 2011
    Susan Gai Dowling

    Susan Gai changed the way i understand jazz singing.  She's a pillar of the Sydney jazz scene, and her generosity of spirit glows through every song she selects.

    Susan will sing with Carl Dewhurst on guitar - an incredibly versatile player of jazz, funk, glitch, grindcore, theatre and anything improvised.  Another great supporter of the jazz community, Carl has played everywhere and with everybody.

    And Bernie McGann on saxophone.  A legend of Australian jazz, one of our most awarded, most recognised, most original musicians.  He'll be bringing home fifty years pushing the boundaries of the alto sax.

    Three icons of Sydney jazz, distilling decades of experience into their totally distinctive jazz standards and original songs.

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  • 24 Nov 2011

    It means "whisper" in Portuguese.  Classic and innovative readings of the timeless Brazilian songbook - echoes of Jobim, Luis Bonfa, Joao and Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Djavan and others.

    Forming the core of Sussurro are Jeanne Bastos (vocals, percussion) Peter Toohey (guitar) and Gavin Ahearn (piano). Jeanne is “the real deal” bringing her heritage from Bahia to down under. Peter continues his decades long love affair with the Brazilian guitar tradition. Gavin is a Colbourne regular. In the engine room are bassist Peter Gray who studied in NY with John Pattituci, Toby Hall (the happiest drummer in town) on drums, and the in-demand and diverse Tim Bradley on percussion. Sussurro are a whisper of Brazil as Sydney launches into summer.

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  • 01 Dec 2011
    Date Brothers

    The fabulous Date Brothers (Ian and Nigel) return to Colbourne Ave on Dec 1.

    This will be their penultimate concert after touring Australia in November.

    The brothers are well known for their guitar acrobatics in recreating the vibe and music of Django Reinhardt, the great French gypsy guitarist from the 1930’s.  Ian is regarded as one of the finest guitarists to have emerged from Australia. He has a long history of making music with many of the greatest musicians in the land as well as in Europe, where he is now based.  Nigel, also on guitar, has brought some outstanding bands to Colbourne Ave in recent years.

    Howard Cairns, a fantastic double bass player from Melbourne will be playing with the brothers as well as an assortment of very special guests who will be dropping by to jam with the band.

    This promises to be an exciting, excellent night of fine, swinging music.


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  • 08 Dec 2011
    Andrew Dickeson trio

    A rare chance to hear these three great Sydney jazz musicians in a trio setting, playing classic jazz standards including some repertoire from some of the classic piano trios.  Groove, taste, and time will be the order of the day.

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  • 15 Dec 2011
    Daryl Pratt Sextet

    The Daryl Pratt Sextet is looking forward to a return visit to Colbourne Ave. Influenced by recent developments in improvised music blending acoustic and electronic sounds, the band's repertoire features new pieces by Daryl designed especially for this outstanding line-up.

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  • 01 Jan 2012
    Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Re-Ignited + Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson
    Time: Doors open at 7pm. Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson are opening the night, then Captain Matchbox will take us to midnight!
    Tix: $50 full, $40 concession, $30 children under 16 yrs


    Inspired by early jug band music and jazz recordings they heard on reel-to-reel tapes as teenagers, brothers Mic Conway and Jim Conway formed a raggle-taggle group which grew from an underground art school band to a national icon, with a cult following, film and television appearances, Top 10 hits and two Gold Records.
    From 1970-1980, The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band toured the length and breadth of Australia, performing more than 2,000 shows, supported by the likes of Skyhooks, Cold Chisel, Split Endz and others along the way.
    They were a very odd sock in the glam-rock world and Aussie pub scene. Their debut LP “Smoke Dreams” went to Gold in 1972 and was released in the USA. This year, “Smoke Dreams” has been listed among The 100 Best Australian Albums. Their second LP “Wangaratta Wahine” featured a classic cover design by Michael Leunig which won the award for Album Cover of the Year in 1974. Assisted by their memorable first appearance on Countdown performing “Wangaratta Wahine”, this album became their biggest success. In 2010, at the request of Woodford Folk Festival, a hot 8-piece band has been built around Mic and Jim Conway and is set to present the songs, silliness and satire from the Matchbox repertoire including “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes”, “That Cat is High”, “Smoke Dreams”, “Half a Moon”, “Hernando’s Hideaway”, “Nagasaki”, “Sophisticated Mama”, “Who Walks in When I Walk Out?” and many more.
    The reincarnated Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band deployed a broader brand of humour amid expert musicianship, and its endlessly cavorting leader, Mic Conway, has found an ideal foil in violinist George Washingmachine.
    : John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, March 2011.


    PLUS.... HAT FITZ AND CARA ROBINSON:  one of Australia’s festival favourites and perennial showstopper Hat Fitz is now joined on stage by Northern Ireland’s critically acclaimed vocalist extraordinaire and multi instrumentalist Cara Robinson on drums, washboard, flute and tin whistle.
    Countries including Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany can’t get enough of their live performances and although their debut independent release, the critically acclaimed and ARIA nominated “Beauty ’n the Beast” is already considered by many to be a classic it’s experiencing one of their live shows that’s exciting audiences.
    The blending of pre war hill country and delta blues with traditional Celtic and early Australian folk has produced a truly unique musical style that’s seen fans world wide drift off into the early morning, often drenched with sweat and always covered in smiles.
    Sometimes referred to as “Aussie mongrel Celt tinged blues” ... you’ll soon appreciate what all the fuss is about.
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