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Saturday, April 13: Sundown Saturdays: The Garrett Warner Quartet at the Art House Café

Garrett Warner ©Brett Delmage, 2018
Garrett Warner ©Brett Delmage, 2018

Starting last summer, young Ottawa guitarist Garrett Warner has been running a regular invitational series at the Art House Café in Centretown. Each month, he puts together a bass-drums trio (this month Caylan Penny on bass and Andrew Ferderber on drums), and invites a well-known musician from Ottawa's jazz scene to play with the trio.

This time it's the strong, multi-genre trumpeter Ed Lister, known for his groups The Chocolate Hot Pockets and ERU-ERA on the groove and jazz-funk side, and the Hard Bop Association, and his Prime Rib Big Band on the mainstream jazz side. He also plays in many other jazz and funk-soul groups in Ottawa. Lister was one of Warner's first guests in this series last July. This time, they'll play a different repertoire.

"The last Sundown Jazz show with Ed was very standards heavy but this one will be limited on standards," Warner told OttawaJazzScene.ca. "All the standards being played will be re-arranged and the reason being that this show is going to be more groove oriented and fusion inspired. Caylan, Andrew, and myself have done some work together as a fusion trio (PB&Funk), and I thought Ed would make a great collaborator because of his writing is already very modern and groovy."

They'll primarily play originals from Warner and Lister: "He hasn’t told me what he will be bringing in yet but he always pulls material from a few of his projects. I imagine it will feature some ERU-ERA tunes as well as Hard Drop Quintet material. We will also be playing some classic fusion material as well as some modern repertoire."

All the musicians have performed together before, but not in this exact arrangement. "I’m very excited about it because I already know how adventurous and fun it’s going to be. It’s going to be very electric! Ed and I work together quite a bit in Angelique Francis’ band so it’s exciting to get to work together more outside a blues context."

The Art House Café is located just outside downtown proper on Somerset Street West at Bay. It's an old, much-converted mansion, accessed from the street by a large staircase leading into an open terrace. Its main floor is divided into a warren of rooms, with a large bar/coffee bar and kitchen at the front. It's also an arts hub, with varied paintings and drawings by local artists filling every open space on the walls. Concerts are held in a smaller, intimate room to the left of the main entrance. You might want to look for a seat nearer the back, given the expected power of this group.

The Garrett Warner Quartet, with special guest Ed Lister, will perform at The Art House Café on Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. The cover charge is $5. All ages are welcome.

The Art House Café is located at 555 Somerset Street West (at Bay Street) in Centretown. OC Transpo route 11 stops close by and routes 6, 7, 10, and 14 within a few blocks. You can also get off at the Bay stop on the Transitway and walk south. Try the OC Transpo Trip Planner to find your trip to the show!

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