Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Whose Solo was it? And whose will it be? (from the vault)

Mark Rehder contemplates the tonal quality of his brass instrument  ©Brett Delmage, 2009

View photos of the first edition of this show

Fun and games, for both the audience and musicians, best describes Ottawa Jazz Orchestra's "Whose solo is it?" shows.

At past shows, the audience voted on musical topics in inventive ways. The musicians then had only a minute or two to get inspired by that topic, and start playing.

But they pulled in their own toys to tell the story musically: funny hats, weird instruments, and unexpected ways to play their own instruments.

The Ottawa Jazz Orchestra has done this show twice before, in 2009 and 2010. Each show was different musically, but both had lots of fun, unexpected music that was worth hearing.

Eight musicians from the Orchestra will be back at the NAC Fourth Stage on Tuesday, October 8 for their third outing. We can't say what they're going to play, but's photos from their first show might give you some hints!

All photos ©2009 Brett Delmage