LAKESIDE AT 5 | Lachlan Coventry & Eric Ajaye | 22 NOV
A black and white photo where a black man with a bald head plays the double bass and a white man with curly hair and a beard plays the acoustic guitar.

Lachlan Coventry & Eric Ajaye. Photo: Brian Stewart.

WHEN: 4th Friday of the month

DATE: Friday 22 November 5:30-7:30pm. Bar open from 5pm
COST: Entry by donation


For the final lakeside at 5 event of 2024, Eric Ajaye and Lachlan Coventry will be presenting their own compositions as well as treatments on a few compositions by some of their influences in music.

About the Artists

Eric Ajaye

Eric Ajaye was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Los Angeles, California, with his family at an early age. He studied violin for nine years before switching to bass. In college, Eric studied bass under Buell Neidlinger at California Institute of the Arts, where he was on full scholarship. While in Los Angeles, Eric’s music career included many aspects of the music industry, such as recording albums with artists from Chris Thomas, Osamu Kitajima, Bill Cosby to Chaka Khan, television and film soundtracks, and numerous television and radio commercials. He was a member of the rhythm section in those situations and also played in the orchestra double bass sections.

Eric has recorded on over 70 albums toured extensively in over 50+ countries, throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, performing at the Kremiln, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Central and South America and has been a member of the bands of Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, Bennie Maupin, The Jazz Tap Ensemble, The Doug MacLeod Band, the Pointer Sisters and Barry White. He has also backed artists Nancy Wilson, Gary Bartz, Bob Mintzer, Franklyn Ajaye, George Howard, Sonny Stitt, Joe Williams, Bill Cunliffe, Christian Howes, Della Reese, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Harold Nicholas, Todd Cochran (Bayete), Pee Wee Crayton, Joe Louis Walker and many more.

Eric moved to Australia in 1998 and has worked with many of Australia’s top jazz artists accompanying them at jazz festivals, in jazz clubs, and on recording sessions. Some of those artists are: Vince Jones, Bob Sedergreen, James Morrison, Paul Grabowsky, Andrea Keller, Matt McMahon, Dale Barlow, Simon Barker, Jamie Oehlers, Sandy Evans, Bernie McGann, Peter Petrucci, Geoff Page (Poet), Spike Mason, the Coffin Brothers, Michael Azzopardi, Chris Thwaite, the Mike Price Trio (with guitarist Mike Price and drummer Colin Hoorweg), the Time Within duo (with pianist Mike Nelson), Lucky Oceans, Miroslav Bukovsky, David Jones, Damien Slingsby, Kevin Hunt, Michelle Nicole, Christine Sullivan, Sandie White, Don Burrows, Errol Buddle, Ted Vining, Sam Keevers, Mark Sutton, John Mackey, Edward York, Carl Mackey, Steve Richards, Niels Rosendahl, Adrian Cunningham, Bob Barnard, Johnny Nicol and many more…
Eric is the curator of the Jazz Haus Canberra and is the presenter on ABC JAZZ for the programs Jazz Legends and Classic Albums.

Lachlan Coventry

He has played with Australian luminaries such as Bernie McGann, William Barton, James Morrison  Carl Orr, Miroslav Bukovsky, Dale  Barlow, Nick McBride,
Zoe Hauptmann, Ben Hauptmann and many others. He received an emerging artist grant in the early 2000’s from the ACT government to record his f irst album ‘Star of Light’. He started the experimental rock band ‘Fire on the Hill’  releasing their album ‘Endless Smiley Sunstar’. He has appeared  live and on records for the country band ‘The Wedded Bliss’ (guitar, pedal steel guitar), and as a bass player on Julia Johnson’s ‘Family Pets’. Lachlan has taught guitar and theory at the Australian National University since 2018 and is currently undertaking a creative PHD study at ANU.