©Brett Delmage, 2018
Councillor Jeff Leiper hired the Nepean High School Jazz Combo for his election night party. l-r: Patrick Vafaie (sax), Sam Alexander (drums), Kenny Hammond (bass), Thom Simons (guitar) ©Brett Delmage, 2018

Councillor Jeff Leiper (Kitchisssippi, ward 15), the leading live music industry advocate on Ottawa City Council, wasn’t the only one in the room receiving applause at his successful re-election victory party on Monday night.

At the Carleton Tavern in Hintonburg, the Nepean High School Jazz Combo – Patrick Vafaie on sax, Sam Alexander on drums, Kenny Hammond on bass, and Thom Simons on guitar – performed jazz standards for campaign volunteers and other residents to enthusiastic applause. Vafaie had performed with Leiper’s saxophonist son Nicholas in the Nepean All-City Lab Band. Nicholas Leiper is now in his first year of jazz studies at the University of Toronto, and his trio performed at the launch of his father’s campaign.

“It’s a great chance to hire some kids who are just starting out, and they’ve been wonderful. I like what they’re doing here and it’s always great to help an emerging band,” Leiper said. “As part of [the City of Ottawa’s] Music strategy I always want to have music as something at my events.”

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