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Beeched Wailers attract keen listeners and players for 1st jam night at Bar Robo

Beeched Wailers' Tuesday Jazz Jam
Bar Robo
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 8:30 to 11 p.m.

View photos of the Beeched Wailers' jam on January 24, 2017 by Brett Delmage

Bar Robo was filled with jammers on the stage and waiting to play on the first Tuesday of the bi-weekly Beeched Wailers jam ©2017 Brett DelmageThe Beeched Wailers drew a full and enthusiastic crowd of players and listeners to the first night of their new jazz jam location on January 24. They'll be back for a second night tonight (February 7).

The jam has moved to what Wailers' trumpeter Nick Dyson described as “more comfortable surroundings”: Bar Robo in Chinatown, which is in the same location as the former Raw Sugar Café. It has a sleek vibe and good sight lines, as well as a proper stage and decent acoustics. The beer, coffee, and soft drink prices are reasonable, and the bar also offers an interesting line in exotic meat and veggie hot dogs.

While the jam remains on Tuesday evenings, it will now run every second week rather than weekly.

On the first night, jammers – including high school and university students – were already lining up to play at 8 p.m. The Wailers played one song and then relinquished the stage until 10:15 p.m., when they performed their traditional closing set.

The band – Dyson, saxophonist Tyler Harris, guitarist Alex Tompkins, and drummer Michel Delage, with Alex Bilodeau sitting in for this evening on bass – played five tunes, four of which were by Ottawa jazz composers. The Wailers have made a point of promoting the work of local composers, both on their 2015 debut CD and regularly on Tuesdays. The music ranged from reflective to strong, insistent riffs to a Brazilian-style samba.

They closed with a favourite, upbeat number by jazz great Cannonball Adderley, “The Sticks”, which they've performed each time they've opened a new jazz jam location. This is the jam's third location in three years, but the first location went out of business under them after 16 months.

    – by Alayne McGregor and Brett Delmage

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