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Friday, January 12, 2018: The Chocolate Hot Pockets at the Orange Art Gallery

For the last few months the Orange Art Gallery has been hosting monthly Live Music Nights, several of which have featured local jazz groups. It's a great opportunity to see inventive art, sip drinks from their licenced bar, eat nibbles, and hear local bands perform live.

In January, the gallery is featuring an Ottawa jazz group which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary, but hasn't lost any of its vigour or playful interaction. The Chocolate Hot Pockets can blast with the best and lay down some serious riffs, but also perform more intimate and thoughtful pieces as well, played with skill and attention. Their music has touches or R&B and neo-soul, but primarily they're a jazz band with a strong groove emphasis.

The CHP's members - Alex Moxon (guitar), Jamie Holmes (drums), J.P Lapensée (bass), Ed Lister (trumpet and synth) - have been some of the hardest-working young jazz musicians in Ottawa-Gatineau in the past few years. Hardly a week has gone by in the past few years without our listings including one of them, and usually a combination of them, playing in a local restaurant, club, or concert hall, in dozens of groups whose sounds range from big bands to jazz standards to all-out funk. Moxon and Lister are the songwriters in this group and both have contributed many listeneable tunes to CHP, which they've combined with neo-soul and groove classics for a driving, attention-grabbing sound. CHP has released three albums so far, and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, its main competition is all its members' other projects!

And their name? Well, Lister just liked the sound of that phrase, and when he suggested it, so did the other members! Irene's Pub, a favourite hangout, has created a Chocolate Hot Pocket dessert in the group's honour.

The Chocolate Hot Pockets (trumpeter Ed Lister, guitarist Alex Moxon, bassist J.P. Lapensée, drummer Jamie Holmes) will perform on Friday, January 12, at 8 p.m. at the Orange Art Gallery. The cover charge at the door is $10; no reservations required but space is limited, so the gallery recommends arriving early.The Gallery is located in a brown brick heritage building at 290 City Centre Avenue (right on the border between Hintonburg and Centretown West). You can see the gallery building below you from the Somerset Street Bridge and take the stairs down from the bridge to the off-road pathway and from there walk to the building. The building is accessible from route 11 and 85 (stop at Somerset and Preston); it is also only a three minute walk from the O-Train Bayview Station. You can also walk from the Transitway Bayview station: just walk along on the Scott Street Bridge to Champagne, and do not take the OC Transpo detour.

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