John Harkins, the Chicago-born piano player who inhabits the time when Jazz and the Blues weren't different yet. Jazz and Bebop compositions, mixed with Standards from the Great American Songbook.
with Jonathan Zwartz on bass (who has been playing some great gigs lately on the back of his excellent new album)
and Andrew Gander on drums
I asked Gavin about the music. He said it'll be more Jackson Pollock than Ken Done.
these guys are heavy.
Last week, as i rode my pushie home through the glistening streets, i was thinking about this thing that we create together every thursday night.
A generous community, a warm aesthetic, a space which invites an active engagement with a [ free/sophisticated/intuitive/embodied ] music. A vibe which perfectly marries a beautiful space, an energised audience, and excellent musicians.
Barney and Andrew (that's me) do this without material reward, because Cafe Church allows us to use their space without strings attached, and to attach our own strings might break the magic. It's a lot of work, choosing next week's musicians from the hundreds of great players we know, and letting all of you know about them. But every Thursday night it's worth it.
And as i thought these things, riding up the Annandale rise, i realised that i hadn't written anything for Gavin next week, and that he (like George last week, and Dave MacC who photographed this band the last time they played) is a perfect example of everything we have tried to do. So without further ado, ladies and gentlement, Gavin Ahearn and his incredible 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.
cnr Colbourne Ave and St Johns Road, Glebe ( google map )
Thursdays from 8pm
anything you like - dinner, snacks, beverages, friends (glasses provided).
$20 / $10 concession for all concerts
Comfortable lounges, candlelight, all ages welcome.
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