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The Phoenix Jazz Group, photo by Chris Martin
The Phoenix Jazz Group (l-r: John Goddard, Greg Prior, John McLelland, Andy Klaehn). Photo by Chris Martin

CANCELLED: Saturday, July 13: The Phoenix Jazz Group at GigSpace

"Due to a sudden illness with one of their band mates the Phoenix Jazz Group regret they need to cancel Saturdays performance."

The Phoenix Jazz Group is five experienced jazz musicians from southern Ontario who play accessible original music, in a generally jazz fusion style. They've released three albums since 2009; the latest is Amparo [2018]. That means "protection" or "refuge" in Spanish; the album's title track is a fluent and thoughtful blending of instrumental voices, quietly enfolding the listener in melody.

Pianist John McLelland is the group's primary composer. He's performed with vocalists Rita Di Ghent, Jackie Richardson, Heather Bambrick, Barb Lica and instrumentalists Phil Nimmons, Rick Wilkins, Alex Dean, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, and Ted Warren, and has taught and performed in New Zealand as well as Canada. Andy Klaehn (clarinet and saxophones) teaches in the Faculty of Music at the University of Guelph, as well as playing in groups ranging from duos to sextets.

Percussionist John Goddard has performed with Carol Welsman, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Shirley Eikhard and Heather Bambrick, and also performs and teaches classical music, including directing the University of Guelph Concert Winds and teaching Applied Percussion at the university. Bassist Greg Prior plays in both jazz (Big Band Theory) and classical (Waterloo Chamber Players); he's played at jazz festivals throughout Canada and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and studied and performed in Havana, Cuba with the Latin jazz ensemble Masacote

For this show, they've also included Toronto guitarist Scott Neary, whom Ottawa listeners could have heard with Ilios Steryannis at GigSpace in 2018.

You can hear selections from Amparo on the group's Soundcloud page. A review in The Whole Note says that the music on that album “stretches in a wide swathe from New Orleans and the ebullience of second-line marching rhythms to the swinging momentum of early jazz, fused with broad hints of 1970s’ and contemporary rock.”

The Phoenix Jazz Group perform at GigSpace on Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

GigSpace is located within in Alcorn Music Studios at 953 Gladstone Avenue, one long block west of Preston Avenue. OC Transpo route 14 stops on Gladstone at Loretta near GigSpace; route 85 runs down Preston Avenue nearby. Try the OC Transpo Trip Planner to find your trip to the show!

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