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Wayne Eagles, T. Bruce Wittet, Phil Bova ©Brett Delmage, 2019
(l-r) Wayne Eagles, T. Bruce Wittet, Phil Bova perform in the Record Centre tent at the 2019 Ottawa Jazz Festival ©Brett Delmage, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019: Eagles/Bova/Wittet at the Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel

Wayne Eagles, Phillip Victor Bova, and T. Bruce Wittet are old friends, and they've been playing together more frequently in the last few months, They're also long-time members of the Ottawa jazz scene, each with two hats: Eagles as a jazz guitarist and director of the jazz fusion ensemble at Carleton University; Bova as a bassist and a well-respected sound engineer and owner of a studio where many local musicians have recorded; Wittet as a drummer and music journalist.

We heard the trio perform at the Record Centre tent at this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival: a set of jazz fusion tunes with a distinct ECM vibe. Alternately calming and exciting, the atmospheric music combined standards like "Little Sunflower" with flowing originals.

The same group has returned to play on Friday at the Options Jazz Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel in north Kanata, for a longer show. Expect an electric vibe: Eagles will be on electric guitar and Bova on electric fretless bass, but one that's more thoughtful rather than overly hard-hitting. Eagles says they'll focus on his compositions, plus material by jazz greats including John Abercrombie, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk, and John Scofield. This won't be a one-of performance either: they'll be back playing in Merrickville's Jazzfest in mid-October and Eagles said they're also looking at recording some tunes.

Wayne Eagles, Phil Bova, and T. Bruce Wittet will perform at the Options Jazz Lounge of the Brookstreet Hotel on Friday, August 16, from 8 p.m. to midnight. There is no cover charge. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Brookstreet Hotel is located at 525 Legget Drive in Kanata North. Route 63 stops near the hotel, but you should check the OC Transpo Trip Planner to figure out your trip because the route changes during the evening. Try the OC Transpo Trip Planner to find your trip to the show!

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