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Saturday, February 18, 2017: Safe Low Limit at The Record Centre

Safe Low Limit is a new Ottawa jazz group with a very different sound: it's all pitched in the bass clef! Trombone, cello, and tuba give a strong deep sound, enlivened by drums and vocals. The band (Steve Berndt, Ken Kanwisher, Keith Hartshorn-Walton, and Michel Delage) have an eclectic repertoire as well - somewhat obscure standards, funk hits, and their original compositions.

How did they pick their name? As Steve says, " 'Safe Low Limit' is an arranging term that describes a formula that identifies the low point at which harmony ceases to be clear based on the fundamental of a given series of notes played at the same time.  It seemed to be the right name for this band!"

So far the band has played four late-evening shows at Le Petit Chicago. This afternoon show will be their first appearance not for nighthawks. Expect to feel the music – which is melodic and rich – in your bones as well as your ears.

Safe Low Limit will perform at The Record Centre, 1099 Wellington Street West (at Sherbrooke) in Hintonburg, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 18. Donations to the musicians are encouraged.

Read the OttawaJazzScene.ca article about Safe Low Limit's first show and watch our video:

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