An exciting program of Jazz performers will perform in concert from February to December on the first Tuesday of the month. 'Poetry at the gods' also arranged by the dynamic Geoff Page, features poets in an intimate setting on the second Tuesday of each month. Scroll the list below to discover the artists.  Light meals can be purchased from 6 - 7.45pm. Entertainment commences at 8pm. Bookings are essential.                                 Visiting artists display their work for purchase.



Jazz in Concert at The Gods 2013 

Tues Feb 5 Mike Nock Trio - Plus(Syd)

                   (includes Phil Slater and Karl Laskowski)

Tues Mar 5   Dale Barlow Duo(Syd) 

Tues Apr 2   ANU Jazz Department Reunion All-Stars(Cbr)         

Tues May 7  Mark Ginsburg Quartet(Syd)

Tues Jun 4   Julian Banks Trio(Melb)      

Tues Jul 2    Steve Barry Trio + Carl Morgan(NZ & Syd)

Tues Aug 6   Hannah James Trio(Syd)  (at Street Theatre)         

A collaboration with the Canberra Jazz Project (tickets on 6247 1223); dinner beforehand at nearby restaurants

Tues Sep 17 (third Tues) Adam Simmons Origami Trio(Melb) 

Tues Oct 1   Sandy Evans' Sydney Women's Jazz Quintet(Syd)

Wed Nov 6   Shannon Barnett Quartet(Melb) 

Tues Dec 3 Ross Clarke Quartet: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson(Cbr)

Admission $20/$14(conc).

The Gods Café/Bar is in the ANU Arts Centre (diagonally across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivans Creek).

 Bookings essential. Light meals available beforehand at 6.30 pm. Please book early on 6248 5538. 'Non-eating' seats can also be booked. Seating is limited to 80.


Sponsors: artsACT, The Gods, Artsound FM 92.7, Abels Buywell, Z4 Wines, Cyberhalides Jazz,


Mike  Nock  Trio - Plus  featuresPhil Slater (trumpet),  Karl Laskowski (tenor  sax),Mike  Nock(piano), Brett Hirst  (bass) andJames  Waples (drums). James  and Brett  have played and  toured with Mike   for  many  years,  appearing  on six  of   Mike's  CDs.  Phil  is featured  on  Mike's  1998  quintet  CD,Ozboppin', and  has  also  toured  widely with  Mike's groups. Karl  has  been  playing with TRIO-PLUS for the past four  years  and  is  featured  on  their  recent  CD  Hear and Know. "Nock is, quite simply, one of the unsung piano heroes of the past 50 years."  AllAboutJazz ( USA )


Dale Barlow(flute)andJim Pennell(guitar) have been playing together since they were teenagers. As Dale writes:  "The flute and guitar combo allows us to go anywhere we like and interplay freely with ideas. The flute has always been a big part of my creative soul. Its universality amongst all cultures on the planet makes it such a compelling and rich tradition to explore, especially with Jim on guitar who is grandly imbued with the Brazilian, Argentinian and Spanish guitar traditions."

The ANU Jazz Department Re-union All-Starswill feature many of the world class musicians who made it nationally and internationally known. They includeJohn Mackey(saxophones),Miroslav Bukovsky(trumpet),James Greening(trombone),Matt Thompson(piano),  James Luke(bass) andMark Sutton(drums). It should be an outstanding night of improvisation, reminding us of the origins of what might well be called the Canberra Jazz Renaissance.

TheMark Ginsburg QuartetfeaturesMark Ginsburg(saxophones),Ryan Grogan(piano),Brendan Clarke(bass) andAndrew Gander(drums). Reflecting his Jewish and South African heritage, Ginsburg's music is remarkable for its melodic clarity and intensity of feeling."It is the way this melodic lavishness continues through the improvising that makes the album (Generations) special, each composition sustaining a distinctive character from beginning to end."John Shand


TheJulian Banks Trio comprisesJulian Banks(tenor sax), Christopher Hale(bass guitar)andJames Hauptmann(drums).BothJulian and James are graduates of the ANU Canberra School of Music. After moving to Melbourne in 2006 Julian began performing with bass guitarist, Christopher Hale, whose unique approach to the instrument enableshim to add chords and sonorous melodic phrases to the harmonic mix. James Hauptmann's explosive drumming is given room to spread out on many of Banks's groove-based, strongly melodic compositions. 


Steve Barrymoved to Sydney from Auckland in 2009. His compositions explore contemporary melodic and harmonic territory, all within the jazz tradition. Together withCarl Morganon guitar, fellow KiwiTom Bottingon bass andTim Firthon drums, the band demonstrates a unique rapport developed through countless low-budget tours, small motel rooms and late-night poker sessions. Steve's debut album,Steve Barry, was released in December, 2012."This music will be a revelation to those unaware of the extraordinary level of contemporary jazz talent currently emerging down under." -Mike Nock


TheHannah James Triowill present an eclectic mix of original material influenced by the best contemporary musicians from America and Scandinavia. Hannah was the recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award and the Australia Council Art Start Grant and has performed at almost all of Australia's major jazz venues. 

She has also recorded a CD with the ABC. She is a former student of the ANU School of Music, now living in Sydney. For this performance she will be joined by long-time associateEd Rodrigueson drums and Dutch pianistCasper Tromp



Led by multi-reed player,Adam Simmons, and including bassistHoward Cairnsand drummerAnthony BakerOrigamiwill present music from their acclaimed debut CD,The Blues of Joyas well their two new releases in 2013 which include iconic Australian hits as well as Adam's beautiful suite featuring bass clarinet."Simmons's total alto mastery is evident on "Cheers Big Ears" ... These highly descriptive pieces are expertly interpreted by an energetic and intelligent trio."John McBeath-The Australian



Sandy Evans' Sydney Women's Jazz QuintetcomprisesSandy Evans(saxophones),Alex Silver(trombone),Jess Green(guitar),Zoe Hauptmann(bass) andJodie Michael(drums). It displays the importance (and re-emergence) of women as instrumentalists in Australian jazz in the past ten years or so. Sandy has long been one of the country's top saxophonists and these musicians have been especially assembled by her for this concert - which will feature an eclectic selection of original material written by members of the group, all of whom are composers and band leaders in their own right. 


Bell Award-winning trombonistShannon Barnettreturns to perform in Canberra before heading back to New York. Joined byNashua Leeon electric guitar,Christopher Haleon acoustic bass guitar andBen Hendryon drums, the quartet will perform a number of Barnett's new compositions as well as some old favourites from the band's debut album,Country. The personnel will use their vast performing experience to create a variety of moods, from country-tinged grooves to soulful ballads, driving Afrobeat to odd- meter contemporary excursions, all within the jazz tradition.


TheRoss Clarke Quartet's Tribute to Oscar Petersonwill featureRoss Clarke(piano)Mike Parker(guitar)James Luke(bass) andJim Latta(drums). Ross has  played with musicians such as Don Burrows, Errol Buddle and George Golla. Mikehas featured with many groups around Canberra, most notably with the late Don Johnson in "Cannery Row". James graduated with honours from the ANU School of Music in 2002 and currently teaches music at several Canberra schools as well as at hisalma mater. Jimhas also accompanied many top musicians, including Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Shirley Bassey, Frank Rosolino, Pete Candoli and Col Nolan. His most recent CD isCaravan.





Poetry at The Gods 2013



Tues Feb 12              Chris Wallace-Crabbe (Melb)

                                   Philip Salom (Melb)


Tues Mar 12            Alison Croggon (Melb)

                                  Fiona Wright (Syd)


Tues Apr 9              Alex Skovron (Melb)

                                 Patricia Sykes (Geelong)


Tues May 14             Leon Trainor (Cbr)

                                   Mark O’Connor (Cbr)

                                   Paul Cliff (Cbr)


Tues Jun 11            David Reiter (Bris)

                                 Rhyll McMaster (Syd)


Tues Jul 9               Anthony Lawrence (Casuarina, NSW)

                                 Brook Emery (Syd)


Tues Jul 23             Dead Poets’ Dinner


Tues Aug 13              Subhash Jaireth (Cbr)

                                   S K Kelen (Cbr)

                                   Adrian Caesar (Cbr)


Tues Sep 10              B N Oakman (Bendigo)

                                   Ryan van Winkle (Scotland, via Melb)


Tues Oct 8               Carol Jenkins (Syd)

                                 Graeme Kinross-Smith (Geelong)


Tues Nov 12              John Foulcher (Cbr)

                                   Nicola Bowery (Braidwood)

                                   Andrew McDonald (Cbr)


Tues Dec 10              Esther Ottaway (Hobart)

                                   Adrienne Eberhard (Tinderbox, Tasmania)   


Bookings essential.6248 5538 Light meals are available at 6.30. ‘Non-eating’ seats can also be booked.

Admission: $10 waged; $5 unwaged. Seating limited to 80 people.

The Gods Café/Bar is in the ANU Arts Centre (across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivan’s Creek).


Chris Wallace-CrabbeAM is a poet and essayist. His latest collections areNew and Selected Poems(Carcanet Oxford Poets) and the “ludic epic”,The Universe Looks Down(Brandl & Schlesinger). He also specialises in artist’s books and tennis.


Philip Salomhas received several major national and international prizes, plus the Christopher Brennan Award. His most recent work is the arresting verse-trilogy ofKeepers,The Keeper of FishandKeeping Carter.


Alison Croggonis a Melbourne writer, whose work includes criticism, novels and theatre texts as well as poetry. Her poetry has won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore awards. Her most recent collection of poems isTheatre(Salt 2008).


Fiona Wright’s poems feature inBest Australian Poems 2008,2009and2010(Black Inc). She is poetry editor at Giramondo Publishing. Her first collection,Knuckled, won the Dame Mary Gilmore Award in 2012.


Alex Skovronhas published five volumes of poetry, most recentlyAutographs(2008), and a prose novella,The Poet(2005). He also works as a freelance editor. HisNew & Selected Poemsis forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann.


Patricia Sykesis a poet and librettist. Her works with composer Liza Lim have been performed in Australia, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and the UK. Her most recent collection isThe Abbotsford Mysteries(Spinifex Press, 2011).


Leon Trainor’s fifth collection,In Country(2012), is produced in collaboration with Canberra artist, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn. It will be launched by art critic John McDonald, during Sydney's Art Month in March, 2013. 

Mark O’Connoris also well-known as an environmentalist. HisThe Olive Tree: Collected Poemscame out from Hale & Iremonger in 200. His most recent book isPilbara(John Leonard Press 2009).


Paul Cliffhas published four books of poetry, most recentlyVanuatu Moon(PressPress, 2011). He was Senior Editor at the National Library of Australia and National Gallery of Australia. He has also written plays and prose.


David Reiterworks in most genres and has won several major awards. His latest work is the transmediaMy Planets Reunion Memoir Project, a collaboration with the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada). He's also the publisher at Interactive Press.


Rhyll McMasterhas written seven poetry books, a radio play, and a prize-winning novel,Feather Man (Brandl & Schlesinger). She has won the C.J. Dennis, Grace Leven and Harri Jones awards. Her latest collection isLate Night Shopping.


Anthony Lawrencehas published thirteen poetry collections. A new one,Bloodlines, is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattman in 2013. He teaches Reading & Writing Poetry at Griffith University.


Brook Emery’s latest book,Collusion(John Leonard Press) was published in 2012. An earlier book,and dug my fingers in the sand,won the Judith Wright Calanthe Prize. He has been short-listed three times for the Kenneth Slessor Prize in NSW.


Subhash Jairethis a poet, essayist and writer who has published in Hindi, Russian and English. His books includeYashodhara; Six Seasons without You(Wild Peony, 2003) andUnfinished Poems for Your Violin(Penguin Australia, 1996).

S K Kelen’s many poems have been appearing since 1973 in journals, newspapers, radio and  online. His most recent book isIsland Earth: New and Selected Poems(Brandl & Schlesinger, 2012).

Adrian Caesaris the author of three books of literary criticism, four books of poems and the award winning experimental biography,The White.A fifth book of poems,More Like a Wave,will be published by Shoestring Press (UK) in 2013.

B N Oakman, formerly an academic economist, began writing poetry in 2006. His books now includeInDefence of Hawaiian Shirts(Interactive Press, 2011) and two chapbooks.

Ryan Van Winklelives in Edinburgh, Scotland. His first collection,Tomorrow We Will Live Here, was published by Salt (2010). His work has appeared inAmerican Poetry Review,Poetry New Zealand and the Oxford Poets series. 

Carol Jenkins’first book,Fishing in the Devonian(Puncher & Wattmann, 2008), was short listed for the 2009 Anne Elder and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.  Her next book,Xnis due out from Puncher & Wattmann this year.


Graeme Kinross-Smithis a poet, novelist, fiction writer and photographer working out of Melbourne, Geelong and Port Campbell. His latest collection isAvailable Light(Whitmore Press, 2012).He also works at Deakin University.

John Foulcherhas published nine collections of poetry, most recentlyThe Sunset Assumption(Pitt Street Poetry 2012). He has also worked extensively as a teacher and is now deputy principal of Burgmann Anglican School in the ACT.


Nicola Bowery’s two previous poetry collections areBloodwood(1996) andGoatfish(Bunda Press 2007). She teaches Poetry Alive workshops and has twice been literary co-ordinator of the Two Fires Festival in Braidwood.


Andrew McDonaldworks as an editor and a counsellor.  His most recent collection isThe One True History(Hale & Iremonger 1984); his next,Night Music, is currently in search of a publisher.


Esther Ottaway’sfirst book,Blood Universe, dealing almost exclusively with pregnancy, was published by Poets Union in 2006 when she was Australian Young Poet of the Year. A second is in preparation.           


Adrienne Eberhardhas been poetry editor of Island magazine.She is now working on a collection about Marie Antoinette and her contemporary, Marie Girardin — who sailed, disguised as a man, on d'Entrecasteaux's Tasmanian expedition.