Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra
Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University
Sunday, November 30, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Halfway through Sunday's show by the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra, director Nick Dyson told the audience “you've just heard 75 to 80 years of big band music”.
This was the first concert of the season for CYJO, now in its sixth year. Dyson deliberately programmed a wide range of big band styles for the band – and avoided the standard chestnuts. The upbeat “Jumpin' Punkins”, from Duke Ellington's Orchestra, was followed by the Coltrane-esque “Yes or No” by Wayne Shorter, and then by the funky “Get in Line” from Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band.
A highlight was “Blue” by trumpeter Bobby Shew, a moody piece whose lead solo was played evocatively by Eric Littlewood on flugelhorn.
The concert opened and closed with numbers from Canadians, which Dyson always enthusiastically features in his concerts. The first number, “Just Friends”, was arranged by Toronto Boss Brass leader Rob McConnell; Dyson said they wanted to get the hardest tune of the night out of the way first. The final piece, “Cruisin' For A Bluesin'” was by Canadian-raised trumpeter and bandleader Maynard Ferguson, and featured an energetic and multifaceted drum solo by Andrew Ferderber.
An audience of over 50 enthusiastically greeted the music. CYJO has two more concerts this season, which, if they follow the pattern of previous seasons, will follow more specific themes. The next will be held February 22, again at Carleton University's superb Kailash Mital Theatre.
– Alayne McGregor
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