The Andrew Kushnir Trio provided an upbeat start to 2016 with their New Year's Day show at the Brookstreet Hotel Options Jazz Lounge in Kanata, which attracted a happy crowd of local jazz musicians and listeners.
Kushnir, who is now studying for his Masters in Performance at New York University Steindhart with Stefon Harris and Joe Lovano, provided strong but nuanced drumming to the trio, complementing the melodic feel of two well-known Montreal musicians: pianist Josh Rager and double bassist Adrian Vedady.
The trio played jazz classics by masters that included Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Bill Evans, a mixture of ballads and more accented pieces that easily filled the room and commanded attention. They're back at Options Jazz Lounge tonight, for their second show of the weekend.
– Alayne McGregor