On Sunday, April 19, the Cosmos Saxophone Quartet attracted an intent audience filling the aisles of The Record Centre in Hintonburg (and browsing the store's vinyl offerings too). About 30 people at its peak, the audience ranged from toddlers and pre-teens to experienced listeners, with many staying for the entire show and clapping enthusiastically.
The quartet (which got its name from the park where it played one of its first concerts) has been together for 15 years, and plays a mixture of jazz and classical material. All four members are well-known on the Ottawa scene: (l-r) Mike Tremblay on soprano and alto sax, Rene Lavoie on tenor and alto, Ian Babb on baritone, and Vince Rimbach on tenor and alto.
They closed with a memorable version of Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years", emphasizing the song's jazz roots and its insinuatingly melancholy melody.
The Record Centre is offering monthly jazz shows on Sunday afternoon, and owner John Thompson said he was already planning the next one, possibly with one of the musicians playing that day.
– Alayne McGregor
See the OttawaJazzScene.ca story about the Record Centre jazz series:
All photos ©Brett Delmage, 2015