Our café has been undergoing a revitalisation of its popular concert and dining evenings through the second half of the year. It started it up in August with a good crowd attending to see ex-patriate Hoskinstown girl Hannah James on stage and celebrating a new CD release Triliphony.
The Hannah James Trio featured Hannah on bass, Ed Rodrigues on drums and Casey Golden on the piano. By the way Casey is the grandson of Australian jazz legend Bob Barnard. The very well attended concert was a fitting display of just how this young lady and her double bass have progressed in the world of Jazz after winning the Jan Rutherford Award for young female jazz artists in 2011. She is now resident in Sydney pursuing her dreams.
In October a near capacity crowd welcomed evergreen jazz vocalist Sandie White to the Cafe with our old friend and ex ANU School of Music bass Lecturer Eric Ajaye on the double bass, and newcomer to the Gallery and Café, Wayne Kelly, on the piano. The Great American Songbook filled with delightful compositions from the likes of Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen never sounded better.
In November the Café had the chance to feature the Bungendore Boy Made Good in the form of Alex Gibson who was a finalist in the 2012 TV series The Voice. Alex has gone on to carve a name for himself in the Australian pop music scene with his unique style of jazz, blues, soft rock etc. inspired by artists like Paul Simon, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder. His CD This is Life has a wonderful selection of his own compositions and the more than capacity audience lapped up every note. Alex’ unique voice provided a delightful evening for his family, local and Canberra supporters.
The energetic Café Wood Works proprietor Eric Dangerfield showed his support for the idea of a continuing concert/dining series with the purchase of a state of the art Line Array PA system manufactured by HK from Germany. The non intrusive multi speaker system provides first quality sound throughout the café without the need for large speakers with overwhelming volume for those seated near the stage while at the same time doing away with the need for stage monitoring for the musicians.
The 2015 program kicks off early in the New Year with an exquisite solo concert by one of Europe’s outstanding jazz and classically trained pianists Jef Neve from Belgium. He will be playing music from his 5th studio album ONE on the Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano supplied by Canberra’s Carl Rafferty. The concert is being staged in association with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium and our long time associates ArtSound FM. The concert complete with dinner, refreshments and the opening of Belgium born artist Dirk Lejeune’s exhibition of decorative woodwork starts in the Gallery from 6pm on Saturday 17th January. Bookings can be made at the Café on 6238 1688.