Reedman, flautist and composer Richard Page came to Ottawa in 2008 with the Youth Summit at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. Since then he's made Ottawa his home and his presence known. In the past year he's done a lot of playing, and an increasing amount of composing.
Page has taken risks and worked hard to create his own opportunities: he introduced a weekly jazz series to the home of blues and funk, The Rainbow (on Saturday afternoons, yet!) and presented chamber jazz at the Unitarian Church with his A Large View from a Small Window sixteen-piece string ensemble.
He is currently developing an audience at Avant-Garde on his regular Tuesday night shows with his experienced and tight trio, including Matt Aston on drums and Philippe Charbonneau on bass. This month they are also performing on Wednesday nights at Café Nostalgica.
OttawaJazzScene.ca publisher Brett Delmage interviewed Richard Page at Avant-Garde about his music.
Listen to the interview [mp3, 12 minutes, 6 MB].
A few excerpts from the interview
“Since I moved here it was really a starting point... or a re-starting point in my life
“We do play mostly original music so.... a lot of it's me.
“I find there is an incredible appreciation for original music in Ottawa... it opens up my projects.
“Alex has given me the green light here [at Avant-Garde] to do what I want. I don't think there's another place in Ottawa that's letting the freedom happen like this place. I can do my project, I can put my trio on the stage once a week.
“I grew up on jazz..all those tenor greats. I'm sure we're always looking for our own voice... but I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to sound like from day one because I had been introduced to so much good music. That's one of the draws to listening to a guy like Sonny Rollins where he's been playing for 65 years and he's been everywhere and he never sounds the same. I must have seen him seven times now and every time it's different.
“If I find two songs that work well together, I try to split them up 'cause I want to find that extra opportunity to make it sound even better with another tune. Every week I try to make that evolve.
You can hear some of Richard's music at http://www.reverbnation.com/richpagesax