The Rob Frayne Dream Band debuted in a well-attended, two-evening run at the NAC last October. The band returns, as part of the Ottawa Jazz Festival's closing evening's big-band tribute to the late festival programming director, Jacques Emond, who loved big bands. Expect great music and a lot of emotion as everyone plays goodbye to Jacques.
(8:00 p.m. Sunday June 30, Main Stage)
Rob Frayne is a saxophonist, keyboard player, composer, and arranger. Over the past 25 years, he's had a huge presence on the Ottawa jazz scene as a musician in several prominent groups, as a founder of the JazzWorks jazz camp, and as a mentor and teacher.
Nine years ago, he was injured when his car was hit by a truck. But he's come back and is dreaming bigger than ever. His latest project features his Dream Band: 15 well-respected Canadian jazz musicians, the people he knew could interpret his compositions well.
Frayne talked with OttawaJazzScene.ca before October's concerts about the music he's written, and how he's fulfilling his dreams.