Keeping The Gods afloat with Jazz

JAZZ in Concert at The Gods has become quite a Canberra institution, in spite of having missed out on regular ACT Government funding.

Alex Raupauch

Alex Raupauch

Still, the love of jazz is so strong in Canberra that enterprises like this are still thriving.

Tomorrow, Tuesday September 2 the Alex Raupach Quartet will be the featured act.

A mix of Melbourne and Sydney musicians, Alex Raupach (trumpet), Steve Barry (electric piano), Alex Boneham (bass) and James Waples (drums), the quartet will be performing new material and some ‘post-bop’ standards.

Organiser Geoff Page tells us there have been some changes in line-up since the concert was first advertised.

Alex Raupach’s compositions, Page adds, cover a broad stream of contemporary jazz and, as a performer, he also takes a strong interest in the traditions of jazz. A graduate of the ANU School of Music, he spent time in Berlin before settling in Melbourne.

Oh yes, Page is keen for patrons to enjoy the full dinner-show deal, although non-eating seats can be booked. He points   out that The Gods are “not entirely metaphysical,” so that eating keeps them afloat.

Jazz in Concert at The Gods, at The Gods Café, ANU Arts Centre, Tuesday September 2, dinner at 6.30pm and music at 8pm. Bookings to 6248 5538 or email Jaye and Katie at

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