Each week, OttawaJazzScene.ca recommends a live jazz or improvised music performance in Ottawa-Gatineau from our comprehensive Jazz Bulletins. There's a lot of wonderful jazz being presented, so it's often a difficult choice. This week we have chosen a special fundraiser for local residents who were badly affected by the tornadoes in September. It features some excellent musicians in Ottawa's jazz scene.

The Chocolate Hot Pockets ©Brett Delmage, 2018
The Chocolate Hot Pockets in their January show at the Orange Art Gallery ©Brett Delmage, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018: The Orange Thyme Tornado Relief Party

Hear some jazz while helping neighbours in desperate need. This Friday, the Orange Art Gallery is partnering with Thyme & Again Catering to host "The Orange Thyme Tornado Relief Party" – and the beneficiaries will be tornado victims in Dunrobin, many of whom lost everything last month.

The gallery hosts regular monthly music shows, and had already scheduled a show on Friday. But when the need became apparent they changed the event into a benefit.

Musical entertainment for the evening will be by The Chocolate Hot Pockets. They can groove with the best and lay down some serious riffs, but also perform more intimate and thoughtful pieces 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 Afro-Cuban to jazz standards to all-out funk. Moxon and Lister are the songwriters in this group and both have contributed many listenable 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!

Read our review from last January of this group playing at this venue to get an excellent idea of what you'll see and hear: The Chocolate Hot Pockets' funky heat beat back the freeze at their Orange Art Gallery show . The main difference: the weather is forecast to be much more pleasant this Friday.

Thyme & Again is providing the food for this event at cost. The proceeds from the benefit will be the profit from ticket sales and alcohol sales. They will be distributed on advice of the Dunrobin Help Centre. The musicians are being paid for their work during the event.

The Chocolate Hot Pockets (trumpeter Ed Lister, guitarist Alex Moxon, bassist J.P. Lapensée, drummer Jamie Holmes) will perform on Friday, October 5, at 8 p.m. at the Orange Art Gallery. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the benefit are $50 each, and are available on the gallery website or at the door. Space is limited, so the gallery recommends purchasing in advance or 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 Bayview Transitway station: just walk along on the Scott Street Bridge to Champagne, and do not take the OC Transpo detour. It's also easily accessible by bike.