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OttawaJazzScene.ca's Pick of the week for April 20 to 26: Rômmel Ribeiro Graduation Recital and Tariq Amery CD Release

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Friday, April 21, 2017: Rômmel Ribeiro Graduation Recital at Carleton University and Tariq Amery CD Release at the Avant-Garde Bar

This Friday, you can hear two young jazz artists celebrate major musical events in their lives.

At Carleton University, guitarist and vocalist Rômmel Ribeiro presents his graduation rehearsal from the university's music program. He will perform his original music - which mixes popular Brazilian music genres with Afrobeat, reggae, funk and jazz - along with three songs written by his friends and musical collaborators.

Ribeiro moved to Canada from Brazil in 2006. Since then, he has won considerable acclaim in Montreal and Ottawa for his jazz and world music, including a being named as a Révélation artist (for world music) by Radio-Canada in 2012-13, and receiving Montreal's Prix de la diversité in 2010-2011.

With him at the recital will be a seven-piece band: percussion-heavy, but also including flute, viola, tenor sax – and spoken poetry, for a different view on jazz. He's also including four special guests – and one of them will be hurrying off to his own concert right after Ribeiro's show.

Tariq Amery has been very active member of Ottawa's jazz scene in the last few years, performing on tenor sax and flute in many different groups and frequenting local jam sessions. Since last fall, he has been working on compositions for his first CD, Indefinity, and is officially releasing it on Friday in a later-evening show at the Avant-Garde Bar downtown.

The CD showcases many spiraling and evocative flute solos by Amery – but equally compelling horn lines from Daniel Ko on sax and Ed Lister on trumpet, strongly underpinned by Clayton Connell on piano, Vovo Saramanda on percussion, JP Lapensée on bass, and Michel Delage on drums. This same group (with Harrison Singer replacing JP on bass) will support Amery at the CD release show. Expect modern mainstream and Latin jazz and dancing rhythms, thoughtfully performed.

Read our interview this week with Tariq about this CD and the CD release show: Tariq Amery captures his love affair with live music in his debut CD

Rômmel Ribeiro presents his Graduation Recital at Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University, on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20, $10 for students.

Tariq Amery releases his first CD, Indefinity, at the Avant-Garde Bar, 135 1/2 Besserer Street (near Rideau and Dalhousie Streets) on Friday, April 21, starting about 10 p.m. The cover charge is $15 ($10 for students).

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