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NOTE: As of December 4, OttawaJazzScene.ca has changed when it releases its pick of the week, in order to give listeners more notice of shows they might want to attend before they sell out. Instead of being released on Wednesday, our pick will now be published on Sunday, and cover the following Monday to Sunday. Our previous pick was the Miguel de Armas Quartet at the NAC Fourth Stage, which is on December 6.

Saturday, December 9, 2017: The Christmas Cookout with The Prime Rib Big Band at Arts Court

Trumpeter Ed Lister is best known locally for the grooving jazz/neo-soul which he plays with the Chocolate Hot Pockets and ERU-ERA. But he's also a long-time fan of big band swing, and writes big band music in tradition of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk. In March, he formed The Prime Rib Big Band, which includes many accomplished musicians on the Ottawa jazz scene, and they've been playing monthly at Irene's Pub as well as in special concerts. The band plays Ed's original material plus some big band classics. OttawaJazzScene.ca's Alayne McGregor heard them play at Southminster in October: it was music definitely in the tradition but with a well-written individual edge.

This Christmas Cookout is their biggest concert yet. The band will perform two sets of music in the Arts Court Theater, ranging from hard swinging originals all the way to reharmonized Christmas classics. And before the show, you can enjoy Texas Style BBQ from a local catering company: Smoked Beef Brisket on an Artisan roll, Chicken wings smoked on the BBQ, Potato wedges, hand made coleslaw, and all the fixings.

Read OttawaJazzScene.ca's review and photos of an earlier swinging show led by Ed Lister: Ed Lister's hard-swinging tribute Wednesday to Duke Ellington's classic music

The Prime Rib Big Band will hold its Christmas Cookout in the Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue at Nicholas Street, just east of the Rideau Centre, on Saturday, December 9, starting at 7 p.m. MapĀ  Tickets are $25 for the show alone, and $50 for show and dinner, and are available on-line and at the door.

All OC Transpo Transitway routes stop on the Mackenzie-King Bridge a few blocks away, or you can walk from the Rideau Centre station (routes 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18).

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