Nicholas Adema with the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra ©2017 Brett Delmage
Nicholas Adema with the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra ©2017 Brett Delmage

The Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra presented their third concert of this season on Sunday, April 2 at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University. The band’s strong lineup, which included members who have played in CYJO for several years, hit the right notes – and rhythms – on a variety of tough Latin tunes.

A surprise composer stepped forward mid-concert to present his own composition. Nicholas Adema is the orchestra's 17-year-old second trombonist and is also active in Nepean All City Jazz Band (NACJB). He led the orchestra and soloed in his own composition “Samba not so Samba”.

He’s been working on his own very special concert, as a personal high school graduation project and a signficant step in his early professional music career. It’s been a marathon. Adema booked the venue almost one year ago, then started transcribing music last summer, followed by rehearsing and putting a band together.

On Sunday, the Nicholas Adema Quintet will perform “exciting jazz music from famous Canadian trombonists that you probably have never heard before.” Adema will include some of his own compositions as well as those by Ottawa composer and trombonist/pianist Mark Ferguson.

   – Brett Delmage

The Nicholas Adema Quintet (with Nicholas Adema, Mark Ferguson, Alex Bilodeau, Michel Delage, and Kaelin Murphy) will perform at St. Luke's Church, 760 Somerset West (in Chinatown, at Bell Street just west of Bronson Avenue) on Sunday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is pay what you can.

Hear's podcast interviews with rhythm section members of the 2016-17 Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra: