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Thursday, January 4, 2018: Tenor Tantrum at Bar Robo

If there's one archetypal jazz instrument, it has to be the tenor sax. And not always just a single tenor, either: the duo performances of Ben Webster and Don Byas, Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, or Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane have produced great moments in jazz. But not so commonly more than two...

This Thursday, four young jazz tenor players will showcase their music together at Bar Robo, and display how their saxes can blend into fine music. Claire Devlin, Chris Maskell, and Patrick Smith all grew up here in Ottawa, making their mark in student bands like NACJB and CYJO and performing at the jazzfest and in many local venues, before moving to Montreal (Devlin and Maskell) or Toronto (Smith) for university. They've continued to develop their careers there after graduation. For this show, they're joined by Toronto tenor player Emily Steinwall, as well as a rhythm section of Hayden Farrar (Toronto) on bass, and Ottawa-raised Deniz Lim-Sersan (Toronto) on drums.

What to expect? Jazz standards, and maybe even a few of the duo pieces made famous by Rollins, Hawkins, and Webster, played with lots of tenor power. As these musicians say, "More is always better, right?"

Emily Steinwall, Claire Devlin, Patrick Smith, Chris Maskell, Hayden Farrar, and Deniz Lim-Sersan will celebrate the tenor saxophone at Bar Robo on Thursday, January 4, starting at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8). Bar Robo is located at 692 Somerset Street West (just west of Bronson Avenue) in Chinatown. The cover charge at the door is $8; no reservations. OC Transpo routes 11 and 4 stop close to the restaurant. The downtown Transitway (Bay stop) is about 12 minutes walk away.

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