Longtime Ottawa saxophonist Hugh O'Connor, 81, released his first CD For the First Time to a sold-out concert at the NAC Fourth Stage on Monday May 3. Ottawa musical "catalyst" Harvey Glatt, who spearheaded the making of the CD after listening to O'Connor play since the 1950s, recalled some history and announced production credits to start the show.
O'Connor played two sets of songs from his album on alto and tenor, with long-time collaborators Mark Ferguson (piano), Don Johnson (drums) and John Geggie (double bass). He was joined for a few songs by Don Paterson on flugelhorn, and talented high school musicians Daniel Ko on alto sax, and Jenna Glatt on vocals. Tom Denison also sat in on drums. The group finished the evening to an enthusiastic and sustained standing ovation.
– Brett Delmage
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